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Mingus Butterfly, AZ
mini location map2021-09-25
9 by photographer avatarBiFrost
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Mingus Butterfly, AZ 
Mingus Butterfly, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2021
BiFrost
Hiking12.05 Miles 3,334 AEG
Hiking12.05 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.27 mph
3,334 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
All these years in AZ and never hiked on Mingus. John made the suggestion so Kathy and I joined the hike. We started from the Viewpoint trailhead on top taking the south loop first down to Gaddes Canyon. Then up Gaddes which was the nicest part of that loop. Also went by the Tower but it was closed off due to covid restrictions so we bypassed. Skies showed potential for rain but nothing developed until we reached the top again.

At the top the rain started to come down but after checking radar decided that if was probably short lived. We checked out the viewpoint and then headed down on the north loop. Great views along this section even with some on and off rain. Eventually things cleared as we finished hiking around to the uphill section back to the top. Short break where the trail hits the rim and then hiked by the hang glider launch spot on the way back to the trailhead.
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