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Yeager Cabin Trail #111, AZ

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,810 feet
Elevation Gain 372 feet
Accumulated Gain 602 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.91
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South Mingus Loop
25  2019-03-20
South Mingus Loop
18  2018-06-09
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop
10  2018-06-09
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop
8  2018-06-09
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop
7  2018-03-20
Little Yeager Trail #533
4  2017-11-04
Yeager Canyon Trail #28
6  2017-09-02
Mingus Woodcutter Cabin
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Author Abe
author avatar Guides 17
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Trips 59 map ( 426 miles )
Age 61 Male Gender
Location Prescott, AZ
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Apr
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:17am - 6:26pm
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by Abe

Likely In-Season!
Note: This is a three-trail hike, hiked in the following order:
#1) Little Yeager Trail # 533, 2.1mi
#2) Yeager Cabin Trail # 111, 2.0mi
#3) Yeager Canyon Trail # 28, 2.0mi

Continuing on from Little Yeager Trail #533

Taking a break at the orange wildlife gate, I drank some water and readjusted my fanny pack belt so it could ride better on my hips. A speed walker passes by quickly on Forest Road 105.

Yeager Cabin Trail is a pleasant trail, fairly level with some minor up and down climbs and shady pines lining both sides. Once in awhile I would admire the small flowers I would spot. There is nothing significant about the trail, save perhaps the slow pace you can enjoy between trail 533 and trail 28. On several occasions over the whispering breeze in the pines keeping me company, I could hear trucks and ATVs laboring on Forest Road 105 above and to the south of me.

At one point looking down the draw I spotted a nice flat rock outcropping and for a fleeting moment, much like a leaf skittering across a trail, I thought I could sunbathe (I'll leave it at that) on those rocks below for an hour or so. However, I reconsidered, figuring it would be my luck someone would be hiking the trail as well.

Surprising, just above the rock outcropping I noticed water below and I was fascinated by this. I did not anticipate seeing water. It was not much, hardly worth calling as creek; yet I found it pleasant to see. And soon the trail crossed the small creeks path. Stopping, I walked down stream to a nice large rock, but first I bent down and splashed my face with the refreshing water, before sitting on the rock and taking a break. The water in the small creek sang to me as it labored, slapped, or caressed the rocks on its journey into evaporation or disappearing into the ground. I reflected on this a moment, we are much the same way. In our life's journey we labor, slap it around, or caress it, only to evaporate and disappear, forever. This little creek though, will disappear during the full heat of the blazing summer, only to return after life giving rain comes. In short, once our cycle of life is done, it is finis; my little creek, on the other hand, its cycle of life will go on and on.

Enough thoughts, need to get going!
Back on the trail I did not walk far before I spotted a small sheet metal water trough.Nearby were signs where the trough was held in place and large pieces of rusted two-inch iron pipes scattered about. Surveying the setup, I had the impression the trough had been hooked up and fed by a spring at one time. If only seasonal.

A short distance from the trough the trail terminated at Trail # 350!
Trail # 350! This should be Trail # 28!
Not only that, but a sign behind me marking Trail # 111, the very trail I just walked on, is designated for everything up to ATVs. Prior to coming, I had read it was designated for horseback and hikers.

Continue on to Yeager Canyon Trail #28

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2003-05-31 Abe

    Prescott FS Details
    This trail is used mainly as a connection between Yeager Canyon Trail 28 and Little Yeager Trail 533, thus making possible a round-trip loop back to the trailheads on Highway 89A. The trail itself goes in a north-south direction staying mainly in ponderosa pine vegetation in the drainage of Little Yeager Canyon.

    Maps, other resources: Prescott National Forest, east half; U.S.G.S. topographic 7.5' quad for Hickey Mountain.

    Trail layout: From TR #28 the trail gradually descends to the south following the drainage of Little Yeager Canyon for most of its length. After leaving the canyon there is about a 120-foot climb to where the trail ends on FR 105.

    One-Way Notice
    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.

    Most recent of 12 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop
    Joe had us up in the Mingus area again to hit some old favorites, look for some stuff and hit some new areas.

    We started on the well groomed 1500' climb up Yeager Canyon Trail. Once up top, on FR9003P we stumbled onto the remains of an old cabin structure. Pipe in the structure, suggested there might be a spring in the area. After a bit of a search, we have a new named spring.

    Next, the adventure of finding a way off the rim. Chums found us a break in wall to get down to our next search. Geronimo's cabin had been on my list since @PrestonSands was there years ago. This is a place that you could walk right past, if you were not within 50' of it. Gernomio's Cabin was built by Geronimo Pena. He worked as a woodcutter for 37 years, supplying the community of Jerome with firewood. Born in 1877, he passed away in the cabin in 1957 of heart disease. His boots are still supposed to be there, but I did not notice them.

    Leaving the cabin we found an old use trail. We lost it and found again, along with the remnants of another unmarked near dry spring.

    Back on the familiar Gaddes Canyon #110, Gaddes #9037 and Black Canyon #110, we turned into Black Canyon/Burnt Canyon. Bovine traffic made our travel much easier.

    Next up was Ash Canyon #539. We found a shady spot for lunch, before heading up to Kendall Peak.
    It was a bit of a huffer for me on that climb in the heat. The views are totally worth it.

    We finished off the hike exploring the off trail Little Yaeger Canyon. Slow and brushy in spots, with a few down climbs that we practiced Safety First.

    Good times, Thanks for driving Chums, great hiking with you again.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop
    Yeager Canyon Trail #28
    6 years since Bruce and I hiked this one. The trail is very well maintained.

    Gaddes Canyon #110
    Short leg to make the loop work. Never tire of this one.

    Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
    Long standing fav, prefer up. Dry, no wildflowers.

    Black Canyon Trail #114
    Almost felt like cheating since we just hiked the nicest upper end. Columbine patch. Box Elders stood out with their bright translucent green leaves.

    Offtrail Black & Burnt Canyons
    1.5 mi portion we did on a 17 mi loop Aug `14. The most notable pools of water all day. Bring your own, this canyon travels easy from all the cow trails-of-use.

    Ash Canyon Trail #539
    Only 1.5 mi, perhaps the best part of it too.

    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
    Whopping 0.5mi of this gem. 9Lee linking at it's best!

    Little Yaeger Canyon
    Looked forward to this the most as somehow it never made the mix. Heading in I couldn't figure why Preston mentioned...
    Reversing your route back down Little Yaeger Canyon is the most difficult option.
    Crystal clear now. I barely made it down with lots of help. The sword was double edged as the guys spent the previous hour suggesting changing this final leg to a nearby trail... lol
    I'd still go up this canyon since I forgot to keep an eye out for the Aspens. Forget descending until memory fades!

    Enjoyed the loop once. Not itchin to do it again. Mingus is my fav so neva say never but I'd reverse it. Good to see Chums jump in on this one. 18% of the hike was breaks =)

    One Columbine patch and a fair amount of raspberry in two canyons.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Was looking for a moderate walk to do before a visit to Jerome with my wife, son and his dog. This fit the bill! Nice trails and a nice walk with some moderate AEG. A GPS track for the loop was useful since there are a few choices which might be confusing. Walked the loop CCW...probably best.

    Jerome was in full Saturday Fall afternoon glory. Lunch at Bobby D's Barbecue was excellent and very dog friendly.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Mingus Woodcutter Cabin
    The target was the Woodcutter Cabin which we hiked to off the Yeager loop.

    Geronimo Pena
    Born: Mexico c 1877
    Died: Mingus Mountain, Yavapai, Arizona c 6 Feb 1957
    Buried: Cottonwood cemetery.
    Spouse: Unknown
    Parents: Unknown
    Occupation: Woodcutter
    Remarks: Westcott. Information: residence was on Mingus Mt.
    Death certificate: had lived in the area for about 40 years. Cause of death: myocardial infarction due to arteriosclerotic heart disease.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    First time on this side of the Prescott National Forest. I only came a cross one hiker who told me it would have been easier doing this hike counter clockwise, oh well.
    The weather was a lot cooler than Phoenix and we had a off and on breeze mostly off. Rowdy really loved this hike and I was glad as tried to find something with cooler temps and lots of shade and this fit the bill. Of course now I need to look at some other hikes in this area.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Yeager Loop
    Took my hiking harem up to Mingus to do the Yeager Loop this morning as posted by Joe Bartels. Trails were in great shape, easy to follow and easy to read signs at the trail intersections. I parked at the single sized space at the intersection of Trail #28 and #533 and did the loop in the clockwise direction. There is a much larger parking area just up the road towards Jerome with a short trail across an old bridge with access to trail #28. Cool start in the upper 50's and plenty of tall tree throughout the whole hike to provide shade. Nice views of Yeager canyon on the way up and again into Prescott Valley on the way back down. Spent some time exploring the old settlement foundations at the end of #533 before returning to the truck. We took a spin up to the handglider launch after the hike, but no jumpers today. Stopped at Blue Hills Cafe for some super treats on the way back to Phoenix. Great short 7k elevation hike only an hour from Carefree hwy and I-17.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Mingus Exploration Day 1
    The loops of 111, 28, and 533 is a fine loop. The CCC history makes it interesting. Those guys knew how to build a trail. Not too steep and switchbacks where needed.

    The Yeager Mine Trail is a closed old jeep rd, and when the temperatures hit 100 at the bottom, my body couldn't take that heat, so I crawled back out and called it a day.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Today's after work adventure was a Yaeger Canyon loop hike, on a glorious, warm, spring day. The only hikers I saw today passed me while I was loading up. They mentioned being able to smell me before they saw me (I was spraying undercoating on my truck 8-[ ). I mentioned the gagging stench of the dead porcupine :sk: laying on the shoulder of the highway next to me (the first time I ever saw a porcupine, by the way, and it was dead :roll: ). Leaving the highway behind, I started up the Little Yaeger Trail...

    Ponderosa perfume hung heavy in the air atop the Mingus Mountain plateau, and snow was melting quickly. I slogged through endless, sticky, gooey mud, growing several inches taller in the process. Slushy snow and puddles were a relief. No one had been on the Yaeger Cabin Trail since last Friday's snowfall. A late afternoon hike in a deserted forest is wonderfully relaxing.

    I descended Yaeger Canyon Trail at dusk, and finally, navigated by headlamp along the canyon floor back to the highway. I concluded the evening with a trip to Jerome, where I enjoyed a delicious dinner at Haunted Hamburger, and a bit of street wandering.

    An afternoon and evening well spent. :)
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Yeager Merry Munds
    Joe came up with some winners for this week.

    None were.... Write Home...., Must Do.... OMG hikes...., but all surprised in one way or another.

    The first surprise was that Joe was looking for an 8a start from the Valley to take advantage of the predicted monsoon clouds over Sedona. We normally have the roads to ourselves when we drive north on a Saturday... Not today.

    We started over by Jerome and the Yeager Canyon Area. We started this loop clockwise on #28 to get the majority of our elevation completed before it got any hotter. Views were Nice looking back, on the way up. I was Surprised up top to be hiking on the Yeager Cabin Trail in the Deciduous trees. They provided an nice break from the sun. A pleasant area. These two trails and the Little Yeager Trail that we descended on were all in real good shape having been recently worked on.

    Next off to Sedona and the Marry-Go-Round Trail. Not much of a hike, but something that needs to be done at least once if you are on Schnebly Road. We saw a Bride and Groom in full garb, returning from the top having just completed taking pictures with their Photographer. It was 90+ at that point and I felt sorry for how they were dressed.
    Easy climbs and Nice views from the top.

    A half mile up the road was the TH for the Schnebly Hill Trail. You could see it carved out of the hillside from the Merry Go Round Trail, and with the heat I was not looking forward to the steady climb. I was pleasantly surprised that as exposed as it appeared, there was occasional shade up to Committee Tank. After that, the tree cover actually got thicker.

    I expected the top of Munds Mountain to be barren, but once again, there was occasional shade and because of the time of day, it was quite pleasant. We passed an abandoned hunters camp from November, with a couple of tents, water, Mountain House Meals, and boots on the way to the South end of the mountain. The views off the South End of the Mountain made the walk across the top completely worth it. We made it back to the Truck just as the sun was set.

    No monsoonal moisture or clouds ever showed up.

    Joe, Thanks for throwing this one together.
    Yeager Cabin Trail #111
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    Yeager Loop
    Bruce had a busy week and asked me to pick a most excellent hike. It's late June, he wanted to sleep in, not drive much, attain peak views without ascending, see brides and some other nonsense I couldn't comprehend. I did my best...

    This was the filler hike to get us to our main hike. No one seems to speak very highly of the Yeager Trifecta. What locked me in was a small glimmer of hope from king of kind... Mr Preston Sands. He rated the "canyon" and "cabin" segments a little higher than others.

    I'm very glad I took the chance. None of these are remotely close to a 2 rating in my book. The "canyon" is a high 3. The "cabin" segment is pure sweetness and deserves a 4 as 3 just doesn't cut it for the canopy. Mistboy must be forest blind to lay down a 2 but he is entitled to his opinion.

    "Little" is descent too. Bruce found a bunch of small foundations down near the trailhead. Which isn't well marked nor difficult to figure out.

    The only time I got "hot" during the day was on the top third climb of #28. It was very warm throughout the day, maybe 85(short lived atop #111) to 100 on our three hikes. Low to mid 90s probably for the majority. It slows me down but isn't a terrible thing. This hike was 10am-1pm

    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 / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    To access the north end of the trail, traveling either east from Prescott or west from Jerome on Highway 89A, at the summit north of Mingus Mountain take Forest Road 104 south for approximately 1.3 miles to where it intersects with Forest Road 413. Take Forest Road 413 west for 0.8 miles to the trailhead for Trail # 28 near the fenced wildlife watering device. Take Trail # 28 for only 0.1 miles west to where it intersects Trail #111.

    To access the south trailhead, instead of taking Trail # 28, continue driving south on Forest Road 413 for 1.4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 132. Then take Forest Road 132 southwest for 0.4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 105 west for .025 miles to trailhead for Trail # 111. To access the south trailhead, instead of taking TR #28, continue driving south on FR 413 for 1.4 miles to the junction with FR 132. Then take FR 132 southwest for 0.4 miles to the junction with FR 105. Take FR 105 west for 0.25 miles to the trailhead for TR #111.
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