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Coleman Trail #108, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,620 feet
Elevation Gain -1,045 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,045 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2.75 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.43
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Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop
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Upper Mingus Butterfly & Martin Woodchute Loop
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Upper Mingus Butterfly & Woodchute Martin Loop
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View Point-North Mingus Loop
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Coleman - Gaddes Canyon Two
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Mingus the Butterfly & I
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Mingus the Butterfly & I
6  2016-11-05
Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop
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Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
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Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
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Preferred   Sep, May, Aug, Jun → 8 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:13am - 6:33pm
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by PrestonSands

Likely In-Season!
The Coleman Trail #108 connects the top of Mingus Mountain to the Black Canyon Trail #114 and forest road #413. This hike provides some nice views of the rolling, forested country of the southern Black Hills. The last segment of road to the trailhead is closed from fall to early spring, so if you're hiking during that time, you will need to park at the Mingus Campground trailhead, and hike 0.7 miles south along forest road #104A to access the trailhead (mileage given for this hike is from the #108 trailhead on forest road #104A).

From the trail #108 sign on the west side of forest road #104A (where a powerline crosses the road), start hiking south through the pines, along an old, rocky road. At 0.1 miles, you will come to a trail marker and weathered wooden sign on your left (34.68640 N, -112.12007 W). Turn left (southeast) here, as the trail leaves the old road behind. The Coleman Trail now begins a gradual descent through the pines and junipers on the southeastern arm of Mingus Mountain. The Coleman Trail is little more than a faint path in most places, but many cairns mark the way.

At about the one mile point, the trail passes near the east rim of Mingus Mountain, where some nice views of the Verde Valley and a campsite can be found. By 1.25 miles, the pines have given way to junipers and pinyons, and the descent becomes more pronounced. The Coleman Trail soon reaches the southern lip of Mingus Mountain, where the final descent begins. The trail drops over the rim here, and plunges into the thick brush of a south facing slope. The rolling, green hills and forested canyons of the southern Black Hills can be seen here, as the Coleman Trail switchbacks downward.

At the bottom of the hill, the trail enters pine forest again, and soon arrives at forest road #413 (Allen Springs Road). Return the way you came, or hike west along forest road #413 and take trail #9037 or the Gaddes Canyon #110 trail back up to the top of Mingus Mountain.

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Prescott FS Details
Typical of this pine-covered high-elevation area, there are good views of the Verde Valley, the Cottonwood area, and the red rock country above Sedona.

Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, east half; U.S.G.S. topographic 7.5' quads for Cottonwood.

Trail layout: Leaving the area near the radio facilities, the trail descends gradually to the southeast, staying above the rim. At about mile 1.35, however, the trail turns sharply to the south and begins a steep, twisting descent to where it ends on FR 413. From here it is only about 0.4 miles west on FR 413 to the trailhead for TR #114 at Gaddes Canyon.

Precautions: The steep portions of this trail below the rim may be badly eroded and horseback riders need to be especially cautious.
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 of 24 deeper Triplog Reviews
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Upper Mingus Butterfly & Woodchute Martin Loop
The Upper Mingus loop portion of this hike consisted of a CCW track along
View Point Trail #106 :next: North Mingus Trail #105 :next: Mingus Trail #105A :next: FR 104 :next: Coleman Trail #108 :next: FR413 :next: Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037 :next: Gaddes Canyon #110 :next: Back to the Truck.

Gaddes 9037, 106, 105A, 105 are my favorites.
Coleman 108 needs some love.

Missed prime color by at least a week.

Ate lunch on the way over to Martin Canyon/Woodchute.

We did this one CW. FR106D :next: Martin Canyon Trail #103 :next: Rick Tank Cutoff Trail #104 :next: Woodchute Trail #102.

Martin Canyon's oak tunnel is the highlight as well as the area around Woodchute Tank.
Rick Tank Cutoff is a steep 1000' climb.

40's to start, 70's to finish.... Perfect
Coleman Trail #108
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Upper Mingus Butterfly & Martin Woodchute Loop
Mingus always delivers. Well past Autumn foliage prime we got crunchy oak leaves for large stretches. Outstanding cool weather throughout the day.

Coleman Trail #108
Rocky and is starting to get overgrown again. Hope this one sees a clipper and rake crew before summer.

Only passed 2 hikers all day. Consumed a whopping 1.2 quarts water.

The area is a good 7-10 days past prime.
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Mingus Butterfly Loop
Met up with Kyle for another hike up north. We wanted to hike in the desert but it was still too hot so we decided to return to Mingus. The hike went well. We made a clockwise figure eight and the temps were pleasant. Later in the day Lee and Carrie arrived with the pups so we did some short hiking with them before returning to the valley. I really enjoy the hiking on Mingus. It’s easy going and the views are nice plus it’s a great way to get out of the heat. Thanks Kyle for driving!
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Coleman - Gaddes Canyon Two
I've been hitting a lot of Fire Tower hikes this summer. We were chatting with Suzy at Spruce Mountain last week and she suggested checking out Mingus. So, I found this loop posted up by Tibber and Trekkingecko that looked perfect! I was a little nervous this morning as it had been raining all night into the early morning. We were presented with a spectacular view of Mingus in the clouds as we turned north on Fain road. We parked at the Viewpoint picnic area to start the hike. As soon as stepped off the road on to the Coleman trail it turned into a total mudfest. We spent a lot of time slipping and sliding and jumping from rock to rock. Once we started to descend off the top of Mingus, the ground firmed up. However, the vegetation was both overgrown and still wet from the overnight rains. So, now we were muddy and wet :) Great views heading down to FS413 and a nice connector down to the 9037 trail, Gaddes Spring. The 9037/110 Gaddes Spring/Canyon trails were fantastic. Firm ground but more wet overgrown vegetation. The trail crisscrosses the creek (unbelievably dry!) as it ascends back up Mingus. We ran into 2 fellows coming down the trail near the top. They said no one was up at the fire tower and it was closed, bummer. Once we reached the road at the top, we elected to go check out the fire tower any way. Much to our surprise, the ranger was climbing the steps just as we arrived. After getting situated, he invited us up and up we went. We had a fantastic short stay with Johnny Mingus and scored some Smoky the Bear hankerchiefs. The skies were darkening up and starting to rumble so we made haste back to the truck and made it all the way back to Dewey before the rain started. Stopped at Left-T's for some excellent post hike treats. So, thank you Tibber and Trekkingecko for posting up a fantastic loop up on Mingus!
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Mingus the Butterfly & I
what do you do when life offers you robin eggs? hold your hand out...duh

i unexpectedly got thursday off so i checked the list of hikes i wanted to do and texted Count Tacula, consulted Gumdrop and next thing you know, we had a plan!

great hike in a totally new area to me. i'm sure this hike is awesome in summer and fall and hopefully i will see it during those times too, but i always enjoy spring in the mountains. everything is waking from it's winter slumber and there is such a different feel to it. the early views towards Sedona were cool and the Peaks with snow topping was an awesome sight as well

i enjoyed all the trails, though the final big climb up the Gaddes trails was probably my favorite. great weather and nice to hike with the boys again.
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Mingus the Butterfly & I
Nick asked if I was interested in one of my favorite hikes. Almost like stopping along the road and asking a stranger if they would be interested in some robbin eggs... duh!

Road gates were locked so we started from the road to Potato Patch Campground. This worked out well as it was a chilly 52 degrees. This allowed us to knock out the low elevation stuff first, which is probably always prefered.

I'm a huge fan of Mingus and all the trails. That said, summer and autumn are best in my opinion. The dominate oaks and accent maples are still in winter mode. Despite being cooler we still felt toasty at times. Everything is relative, when it's 25 degrees warmer in the summer it's still seriously cooler than the Valley!

Pretty quiet on the mountain. Just one elder couple walking the roads up top. They may have got in the back road as that gate was open. Signs were out for fire control crews but we never encountered any. Did spot several new slash piles heading over to upper Coleman Trail #108. It's still brush free. Usually hit it in the beginning of the loop. Noticed after 11 miles on the legs it's a little rockier than memory served.

My fav Gaddes Canyon Two is a tad drab without leaves. Imagine it'll be nice and shady in a few weeks.

I'll probably hold off posting the one photo I took in all the breaks of the day. Nick and I did our best to hold back the hairy beast. Seriously, he needs to go to Mexico pronto to take care of the Kramer Shag!

The boys treated to dinner and somehow I got to pick. Decided to support local with Guido's Pizza in the bustling metro of Dewey AZ! Wiki reports a population of 3,894 in 2014. They were busier with take out than I would have expected for 4-5pm on a Thursday. It won't make any best of lists, hit the spot for hungry hikers!
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Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop
It'd been 5 years since I'd hiked from this TH, except as we started hiking, I realized the TH was all new, which should add 1.5 miles RT to the hike. I say should, because as we'd find later the start of this hike has been completely changed, with no indication what-so-ever at the TH.

We followed the road until, things just didn't seem right. I think the old trail took a left at the "ground under repair" signage that we'd passed. To get back on track, after a brief discussion concerning the flora, we opted to go cross country. It was slow going, but we made our way back on trail.

*** Note *** to start on the new trail, either download the new official Black Canyon Trail #114, or walk through the Road Closed sign, and take a 90 degree turn to the left.

The Black Canyon Trail #114 is not a drop dead gorgeous trail, but it's a steady climb, with some big views of the Cottonwood and Sedona areas on a nice trail. Other than a 1/2 mile section, just east of the ridge that drops into the pine valley (my favorite section), this is a superhighway. It puts a smile on your face, when there's an 8' wide swath taken out of a manzanita grove.

The Coleman Trail #108 gets you to the top quickly and is in great shape. We ate an abbreviated lunch up top, because (finally) it was cold!

After a stop at the closed Mingus Lookout, it was the Gaddes Canyon #110 to the Gaddes #9037. We were hoping for a bit of color, brown is a color and it carpeted the forest floor. Not the color we were hoping for.

Continuing our way down, back on the Black Canyon Trail, Route Scout yelled at us for being off trail (Pinned To function can be a life saver!). We were on a perfectly good trail, so we were a bit confused. We back tracked 100' to where the track said we went wrong. Ahh Ha, the old trail was cleverly blocked off and we'd not even noticed.

We followed the new reroute directly to the truck.
Enjoyable hike with peerrfect weather...
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Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop
Black Canyon Trail #114
Still mystified why we never see hikers on Mingus, I absolutely love it. It was great to experience it in near chilly weather for a change. Shockingly it'd been 5 years since we hiked up #114 from the lower trailhead. I was a little confused in the beginning as I didn't have topos on Route Scout for the beginning of the hike. Bruce quickly figured out the trailhead had been moved 0.75 mi below the old trailhead. Our 21-ish mile hike was to be a bit longer.

1.5 miles in on the easy to follow road Bruce noticed we were no where near our hike. 400 feet up, not wanting to backtrack down, I made the poor decision to work over. The roller coaster ravines added exactly 400 more feet of gain so we just gave up nice trail in exchange for more sweat than anticipated on the entire hike. Wah wah, are we hikers or what?

Finally on trail in cool weather things were looking great heading up. We looked forward to the short lived tall pine area near the top of #114.

Coleman Trail #108
When it's hot this is a descend-only preference. Today I opted to ascend for a change and enjoy Gaddes a touch more on the downswing. #108 is still in great shape and the Cottonwood overlook is a hit every time. We lunched near the upper end. Shorter than usual as we got cold in the Antarctica mid to upper fifties!

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
The rare descent was nice for a change. Although winter is months away it looks mid winter as all the leaves have fallen. This is a great summer canyon that offers some of the nearest relief from the boiling temps in the summer. It was so peaceful and quite I enjoyed this version too.

Black Canyon Trail #114
Back down Black Canyon we found out the old trail we missed at the bottom has been realigned. Paying attention would have probably left us confused, whouda thunk! The new alignment follows a ridge just south. It offers better options for shade under junipers. Interestingly some of the stumps look pretty old so it may have been used long ago or for cattle. Two gates have the new high quality latches we saw surrounding Granite Mountain this summer. There is zero signage at the trailhead to indicate this new trail as of yet.

Autumn is done, stick a fork in it already. Still nice to crunch through the crisp carpet of leaves. Okay there was a hint here and there but the show is typically Oct 10th ish.
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Mingus the Butterfly & I
With ten minutes to figure out a hike I pulled this up in Route Scout. A personal favorite I designed for Autumn 2013.

Only crossed paths with 1 other hiker on Coleman. Near perfect weather on this fab figure eight loop.

Might be easier to take 89A down to Mescal than short cutting through the locust thickets. Not a scratch and the foxtails are currently friendly, just saying. A little trouble figuring out the trail on Bug Hollow Trail #548 near the 6,600 contour. Over half the ascent is in the last 5 miles. No biggie with the breeze. Took an early and late nap.

Did pass a family taking flowers up to the grave site Bruce visits when we pass the area. Believe they called it the the Indian grave.

carried 4 quarts, about 4 ounces unused

paintbrush, a sprig of lupine, a large field of unknown yellows and another of whites
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Nice long climb up to Mingus Mtn. The top and bottom thirds of BCT #114 are in good condition, but the middle third is getting heavily overgrown. Its not hard to follow, but long pants will be appreciated. Some maintenance would make it a 4-star trail.

NOTE: The lower end of the trail was re-routed sometime in the past couple years and the parking area has been moved. Formerly you parked and continued up the road a ways to the trail start. Now, directly from the parking area head SW towards the mountains - the trailhead isn't signed but soon you will reach a gate in a fence and the trail will be obvious.

Permit $$

Prescott Forest
Prescott National Forest Pass

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

Map Drive
FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

To hike
From the Highway 89/Highway 89A junction just north of Prescott, head east on Highway 89A, towards Jerome, for 18.9 miles. At the top of the mountain (milepost 336.6), turn right onto forest road 104, and follow it for 2.5 miles to a "T" at the Mingus Campground. Turn right (south) at the "T", and follow forest road 104A for 0.7 miles to the #108 trailhead sign on the right, underneath an electric powerline.
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