Manning Camp to Mica Mountain
The Mica Mountain Trail is the main trail from south to north over Mica Mountain. It used to be used as the route from Manning Camp to the Lookout tower, now it is quite often used as the route for hikers to get to Mica Mountain and the North Fire Loop Trail. As part of the Arizona Trail #9 it is the main route over Mica Mountain to Redington Pass.
The Mica Mountain Trail is 1.4 miles long and climbs about 650 feet to the North Fire Loop Trail, 0.1 miles from Mica Mountain. The trail starts 0.1 miles from manning camp along the South Fire Loop Trail and heads up to Mica Mountain following the Upper reaches of Chimenea Creek. Mica Meadow Trail and the Spud Rock Trail intersect at about 0.5 miles and are connector trails to The East and North fire Loop Trails respectively.
Mica Mountain Trail makes for a good start for many possible loop trails in the Mica Mountain region if one is staying on the mountain for a few days. The Trail system on Mica Mountain allows you to create a couple of different loop hikes. With a little thought I was able to do all the trails including the North Slope Trail on two separate hikes in one and a half days without duplicating trails (much).
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.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.