|Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ|
|Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ|| |
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ
|Hiking||15.59 Miles|| 7 Hrs 53 Mns ||2.24 mph|
|3,071 ft AEG|| 56 Mns Break|
Mingus was named after the owner of the Mingus ranch. The ranch grew about 15 acres of potatoes without irrigation. In 1922 Mingus was a pimple on a flea receiving just $9k for highway roads. Whereas Senator & Yarnell received $150 & 145k. Heck, even Fossil received $50k!
Summer recreation became popular with Arizonians around 1924. Prescott to Jerome was SR79 in 1927. This was the first state HWY to utilize a pavement layer in 1936. Trucks continuously added material into a hopper. If I understand correctly, the old way piled asphalt on one side then a grader set the road. Which blocked traffic and made it impossible to take cookies to the inlaws. No clue what the hurry was as the first chocolate chip cookie wasn't invented until 1937. The highway made for a nice trip for racing pigeon fanciers to launch from the top of Mingus. In 1941, this segment of SR79 changed to US89A.
Yeager Canyon Trail #28
Ears chili from the breeze in June! The 1,300-foot ascent is moderate with the switchbacks. We continued on FS413. Left off-trail dipping through the origin of Burnt Canyon then merged into Gaddes.
Gaddes Canyon #110
We cut in @ 1-mile. Both Gaddes Canyon trails are high in my favorites. I have only hiked the southern 1.5-miles of #110 a few times. It always seems special. Antelope horns and rattlesnake weed by the #110 Road Junction
Temps started to get a little warm. It didn't feel like it was February anymore. WTH, mid-70s! Bruce saw at least 3 mulies run through the woods. Nice pine views through Burnt Canyon. The canyon transitioned from a downhill stroll to easy canyoneering.
Ash Canyon Trail #539
Off-trail over from Burnt Canyon featured nice quartz up to basketball size. Vicinity, logistics, and minor route-finding keep this nice trail a virtual secret.
Heading up I questioned if we really needed to do this damn peak again. It is a little bit of a bushwhack in areas. Not bad overall. Very negotiable if you're not in the lead...lol The answer holds at yes. A break under the giant juniper is fab.
Almost forfeited with an issue driving up. Bruce suggested we continue with the hike. Turned out to be one of the most delightful hikes ever! June is my second favorite month. When it's dry, the euphoria reminds me of Autumn as a kid.
Driving home the issue escalated, so I got a lift from Bloody Basin Rd. Ramifications on the horizon are bleak, staying positive. Perhaps February for a second favorite month, June seems to be out for blood in recent years... lol
||Wildflowers Observation Light
Light overall. One or more short stubby fields of daisies.
Albeit past bloom, the largest field of Rocky Mountain Iris I've witnessed.
Antelope horns and rattlesnake weed by the Trail #110 / Road Junction.