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View Point-North Mingus LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking4.66 Miles 1,253 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.04 mph
1,253 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Looking at the weather radar this morning was slightly discouraging as the plan was to visit Chiricahua NM. Nonetheless, things looked mighty wet down there so we headed north to where it looked clear.

The road to the Mingus Recreational Area day use area was very smooth. There was one truck that was parked and the passengers were looking at the view from the overlook which was quite misty. The temps were probably in the upper 60's to start the day.

We went CCW and the trail switchbacks down immediately. All of the tread today was cleared of deadfall and clean of brush. The views were obscured by fog and mist, but this added some mystery and beauty to the hike. The switchbacks are steep at first but very well constructed.

Rounding the mountain takes you back up through more firs and pines while the start has more oaks. Once at the top of the mountain, the ridgeline flattens out and the trail got a little mushy right up to the hang-glider ramp.

At the top of the mountain there is selective logging that is occurring. This is similar to what I have seen throughout the Prescott National Forest. The operations are well-run and rather unobtrusive. The thinning seems to be improving the health of the forest rather than diminishing it.

We got back to my truck just as thunder could be heard in the distance. We didn't see anyone all day and stayed perfectly dry. There were a few more cars at the trailhead, but it seems like it was people at the overlook.

We finished the day in Jerome and got some food at Haunted Burgers which was ok.
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