|Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ|
|Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ|| |
Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ
|Hiking||12.00 Miles|| 5 Hrs 55 Mns ||2.62 mph|
|2,638 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 20 Mns Break|
|It is starting to warm-up in the Valley, so I decided to find a cooler place to hike, and Mingus Mountain was my choice on this day. I had been wanting to do this figure-8 loop hike for a while, so today was the day.|
I started and ended the hike near the top of Mingus Mountain. I parked at the Mingus Picnic Area, at the intersection of FR 104 and the road up to the Hang Glider Launch Pad.
I began by doing the south loop first in a CW direction. This loop utilized the Coleman Trail #108, Gaddes 2 Trail #9037, and Gaddes Trail #110. The sequence was: TH>FR 104A>FR501A>Coleman Trail>FR 413> Gaddes Canyon 2 Trail>Gaddes Canyon Trail>FR 104B>FR 104>TH
I really enjoyed hiking on the Gaddes 2 Trail and the Gaddes Trail. The Coleman Trail had some nice views, but there was quite a bit of lava rock on several sections of the trail which slowed me down a bit.
When I finished the south loop, I did the north loop CCW by taking the View Point Trail to Mingus Trail 105A to North Mingus Trail 105. When I got up to the hang glider launch pad I followed the forest road back to the TH. I always enjoy Trail 105, and all 3 of these trails have some nice views. It is amazing how green this area is, especially compared to last year.
If I was doing this hike in hot weather, I think that I would do the north loop first, since it has more sun exposure. There is lots of shade on both the Gaddes Canyon Two Trail and the Gaddes Canyon Trail, so on a hot day saving those trails to finish a hike would likely be a wise choice.
If you timed it right, this would be a really nice hike in the fall if the leaves were turning color.
||Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were more wildflowers than I would have guessed for the next-to-last day of May
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|