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Gaddes Canyon Trail Two (Old), AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Cottonwood
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,633 feet
Accumulated Gain 150 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.75
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author nonot
author avatar Guides 93
Routes 236
Photos 1,969
Trips 476 map ( 4,511 miles )
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Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, May, Aug, Jun → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:12am - 6:34pm
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by nonot

Likely In-Season!
Overview: A hike to Gaddes Canyon

Warning: The trail is faint, hikers will be pressed to putting their trailfinding skills to good use.


Hike: From the road, you begin on an old jeep rd until you pass a large tank. This scene is pleasant as the field is open and likely visited by many deer and Elk.

After this it narrows down to a path and wanders its way through the trees, gradually descending. The further you go the fainter it will get. As you approach the rim of Gaddes Canyon it will be an all out cairn hunt. I played follow the cairns for awhile and it seems like people have figure out a route that may go all the way down to the bottom of the canyon, but I did not follow it down very far. The forest service indicates this trail ends at the rim of the canyon, so any linkage of this trail to the actual Gaddes Canyon Trail Two is simply a path of use. If it does go all the way it might make for a good loop possibility.

Water Sources: The tank you pass should have water. Whether you want to drink it is another matter.

Camping: It appears that several people have camped along the trail, though none recently, or perhaps within the last 10 years. The lack of nice water likely contributes to this trail not getting much usage.

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2015-06-28 nonot
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Gaddes Canyon Trail Two (Old)
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    Mingus Exploration Day 2
    The second day, I resolved to do two things that would allow for more hiking: an early start, and staying at the higher elevations. I accomplished both and had a much better day.

    The Mingus fire lookout is accepting visitors and we spent some time talking while I was enjoying the cool breezes you get up in the fire tower.

    I watched 2 parasailers and one hang glider take off. Looks fun, but not sure that I'll ever be able to be convinced to do the hang gliding takeoff.

    My search for the Mingus View Trail failed completely. There are no signs acknowledging its existence whatsoever. I must have cruised past the turnoff, but it is anybody's guess where it starts.

    Permit $$
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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.


    Directions
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    High Clearance possible when dry

    To hike
    From Prescott, head on 89A north until you reach the top of the Mingus Mountain pass, turn right and head towards the Mingus Recreation Area. When you reach the campground, turn right and follow the road through the campground. At the end, turn right where it splits into a dirt road. Follow this road most of the way towards the end, until you see the sign for Trail #9037
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