where butterflies are born
Overview: Connector trail between #106 & #105. Easy trail, considerably more difficult to access.
Hike: The first thing to consider is getting to the trail. I'd guess the most popular use is a loop with View Point Trail #106 (upper end) and North Mingus Trail #105.
If you do the loop I suggest counter-clockwise for better views and a little more forgiving on the knees. Nevertheless this trail is listed from the #105 since the forest service has given it the spur "A" designation of North Mingus Trail #105.
Regardless of how you get to the trail it's pretty easy in either direction. The views are incredible throughout. Most notably is the birds eye view of Cottonwood just under 5 miles to the northeast. Looking straight past Cottonwood you should get a decent view of Cathedral Rock in Sedona too!
The healthy Gambel Oaks seem to be the main attraction along this trail. They add the golden blaze early to mid October foliage season. It's short lived at maybe a week in prime... tops. If you are lucky enough to tag along with this guy he might lend you some advice on how to make your photos sing.
Check out the Official Route.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
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