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Mingus Loop, AZ
mini location map2017-09-30
6 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Mingus Loop, AZ 
Mingus Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking20.96 Miles 4,158 AEG
Hiking20.96 Miles   9 Hrs   13 Mns   2.56 mph
4,158 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We parked off 89A at the start of FS338, and headed up to North Mingus #105. 105 was a pleasant uphill walk, a little brushy in places, but easy to follow, with lots of vegetation. Apparently bears like this trail too, as they left plenty of evidence behind. We got to the saddle, took a break, then headed up, more steeply this time, to the top.

At the top, we walked past the hang glider launch area, chatted with one guy who seemed a little surprised that people actually walk around outside all day (he gave us a bottle of water so we wouldn't die), then headed over to the fire tower. There were two carloads of people at the tower, so we turned around and headed down Gaddes Canyon #110.

At the junction with Gaddes Canyon Two, we took a lunch break, then down Gaddes Canyon Two. It's a pretty canyon, with more evidence of bears, and I would love to see it sometime with running water. There were a few stagnant pools today, but that was it.

At FS413, we took a left and followed it all the way around the east side of Mingus. A long road walk was involved on this loop, with an option to take Coleman back up if the road portion wasn't appealing. The road ended up being quite pleasant, with open views to the east and north.

The start of View Point #106 is missing the sign, but we were able to get on it with no problem, and started heading uphill again. Lots of trees and shade on this portion, which was a welcome change from the sunny road. We turned on to Mingus #105A, and followed it up to the saddle and the junction with #105.

At the junction with #105, we took it back downhill and to the car. Getting to hike #105 twice today was nice, since we both agreed it was the most enjoyable trail of the day. The leaves on the oaks and maples are starting to change, and will probably be really pretty in a week or so. Nice to get some mileage today, and a good way to finish out the month.
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