I had heard some nice things about Mingus, but that was never enough to motivate me to check the area out until today. With Phoenix still embroiled in summer temps and seeking a close cooler weather dog and GF friendly hike, this one popped up into my conscience.
The loop started off with some great fall colors, a possibility mentioned by @joebartels in one of the descriptions for the area, but also as mentioned we seemed to miss the short period when they are at their best on Mingus. The colors steadily fell off after the initial splash and it was even a little warm on the the first leg of the loop, but the north side grabbed our attention again with its nice forest and mixture of trees. In particular, the pines mingling with the outcroppings of rock and dwindling fall colors had a nice effect and complemented the tremendous views to the north nicely. One can't ask for much better trails and the dogs enjoyed. A great area and nice hike, who knew Mingus had so much potential?