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Oct 17 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
North Mingus Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
chumley
Hiking12.21 Miles 2,550 AEG
Hiking12.21 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.47 mph
2,550 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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1st trip
I wasn't up for a full figure 8 and 9L had done the south loop before, so I opted for the north side. We parked at the pass and started on Upper Mescal before heading downhill through the oaks on Bug Hollow. North Mingus took us through a couple of patches of autumn glory before we opted to climb up the ridge in the shade rather than ascending on the exposed view point trail.

Nobody flying today, but I found an old singletrack that heads from the parking area toward the campground. It's a nice alternative to the road. Heading west across a meadow, I encountered another well-manicured trail that hooked up with Gaddes and that took me up to the lookout tower, where we had a nice break. Heading down from the tower, there are quality use trails that lead to the lake and after crossing the road we opted to do a quick cross country jaunt to find the dead end of the Middle Trail before descending on Butterfly. We encountered several old trails with different colored tree markings in the middle earth section of the mountain. It seems like there could be much better maps of all the routes up here.

Besides at the parking spots and lake, only saw two older folks out on the trails. Since it wasn't a super aggressive plan for the day, we got a little later start, and still got home before I-17 got shut down. #winning
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 Oro Valley, AZ
North Mingus Trail #105Prescott, AZ
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Hiking10.75 Miles 1,892 AEG
Hiking10.75 Miles   5 Hrs      2.53 mph
1,892 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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Following a night of camping at upper Little Yaeger trailhead, I started hiking from the upper North Mingus trailhead late morning. My first time on this trail in a few years, and everything was looking lush and green. A few new aspens were poking up from the old, dead aspen grove.

The temperature had risen considerably below the Viewpoint junction, where a couple of unseen hikers hooted loudly from the slopes above.

Leaving the shady comfort of the pines, I made a short side trip down to the old Pittsburgh-Jerome Mine, where some remediation work had turned the old mine shaft into a bottomless ventilation/bat portal tube. A rock dropped took 5-6 seconds to hit bottom.

I recalled hiking the unmarked side road on the southeast side of hill 6772 years ago, and thought it might connect with the Bug Hollow Trail. The road didn’t seem to be going the right direction, so I made a moderately bloody bushwhack up the south side of 6772 to access Bug Hollow. Moments later I passed a cairned route heading toward the side road I had been on. Will have to remember that route next time. (Joe, Bruce, is that cairned route the route that you took?)

Bug Hollow and Upper Mescal trails were smooth sailing and a welcome return of pines and shade. I was surprised to see the new 530 Trail, where I stopped for a short lunch break before following it to the highway summit parking area.

Next up was a mile of dust and passing cars while hiking Forest Road 104, and then a return to solitude at Butterfly Spring, where I started east along the ButterflyTrail and Mingus Inner Maze, with their confusing network of mountain-top trails to who-knows-where. A wrong turn here, and some off-trail there dumped me off onto the connector route I remembered, which I followed to the north edge of Mingus Mountain and the North Mingus Trail. A short walk south brought me back to the trailhead and some much anticipated cold water in the ice chest. A bit warm and with less water reserves than I prefer, but all in all a great loop hike. Next stop: Oak Creek.

Water report: Butterfly Spring had about a quart per minute of slimy water flowing. Butterfly tank above had a big pool of stagnant but not too-nasty water.
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Apr 26 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus Mountain Figure 8, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 26 2020
LJW
Hiking21.07 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking21.07 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   3.33 mph
3,800 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Trying to find nice mountains for the summer that aren't too far from Phoenix. I'd heard of Mingus before, but not in reference to its hiking trails. Was curious to see what it was all about. I borrowed a figure 8 route a few people have uploaded to this website that seemed to hit just about every trail. What better way to get acquainted with a mountain? I added the highpoint LO and Mingus Lake to sweeten the deal. Parked at the Butterfly trailhead a little before 6am and headed up.

Started on Butterfly and by the time I was at the Middle Trail jct, I realized I had missed the turn north/West Rim. Decided to continue on Middle Trail since it heads more or less the same way. First stop was the hang gliding pad. Took a short break before I had even done any work.

Roadwalk down to Coleman. Wanted to get Coleman/Gaddes done early in the day before it got warm. Coleman was mostly shady and it goes down pretty quick. Another road over to Gaddes2. Shady and cool on the biggest ascent of the day, and water was flowing about half way up. Gaddes reminded me a little of some of the Rim canyons around Payson.

Took the road to the summit/lookout and skipped past it and down the other side through the forest to the lake. Took my only real break of the day. Had the lake to myself. I tried to focus on how nice the bottom half of the 8 was because I had a feeling that descending onto the east side and starting the upper half would be warm and generally not as good as walking through Mingus' crown of pines.

It was warmer, but there were nice views toward Secret Mountain and Humphrey's, and it was a lot clearer than the morning. It was also shadier than expected, and I don't think it was ever above low 80s. Passed one group of hikers all day with 2 miles left, but I lost count of the cars going up and down 104. All the trails were in great shape. Ended up sold on Mingus and with a dozen trails in my back pocket for the future.
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Very isolated, lower elevations, a handful on Bug Hollow and Mescal

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Pretty much dry

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joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus the Butterfly & I, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 13 2017
joebartels
Hiking19.46 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking19.46 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.88 mph
4,000 ft AEG      4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Nick asked if I was interested in one of my favorite hikes. Almost like stopping along the road and asking a stranger if they would be interested in some robbin eggs... duh!

Road gates were locked so we started from the road to Potato Patch Campground. This worked out well as it was a chilly 52 degrees. This allowed us to knock out the low elevation stuff first, which is probably always prefered.

I'm a huge fan of Mingus and all the trails. That said, summer and autumn are best in my opinion. The dominate oaks and accent maples are still in winter mode. Despite being cooler we still felt toasty at times. Everything is relative, when it's 25 degrees warmer in the summer it's still seriously cooler than the Valley!

Pretty quiet on the mountain. Just one elder couple walking the roads up top. They may have got in the back road as that gate was open. Signs were out for fire control crews but we never encountered any. Did spot several new slash piles heading over to upper Coleman Trail #108. It's still brush free. Usually hit it in the beginning of the loop. Noticed after 11 miles on the legs it's a little rockier than memory served.

My fav Gaddes Canyon Two is a tad drab without leaves. Imagine it'll be nice and shady in a few weeks.

I'll probably hold off posting the one photo I took in all the breaks of the day. Nick and I did our best to hold back the hairy beast. Seriously, he needs to go to Mexico pronto to take care of the Kramer Shag!

The boys treated to dinner and somehow I got to pick. Decided to support local with Guido's Pizza in the bustling metro of Dewey AZ! Wiki reports a population of 3,894 in 2014. They were busier with take out than I would have expected for 4-5pm on a Thursday. It won't make any best of lists, hit the spot for hungry hikers!

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout

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Apr 13 2017
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 Chandler, AZ
Mingus the Butterfly & I, AZ 
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Hiking19.46 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking19.46 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.88 mph
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1st trip
Lucky is the day when you get to finally hike with Nick and Joe on the same day. As much as we all love a good outing life (and work) just always seems to interfere. This was my first time doing the loop and I am sure it won't be the last. I am really looking forward to seeing it again with more green on the trees.

The miles seemed to go by quick which usually means I am really enjoying the hike or the company. In this case it was both! Thanks for the suggestion Nick!
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 Tucson, AZ
Mingus the Butterfly & I, AZ 
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fricknaley
Hiking19.46 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking19.46 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.88 mph
4,000 ft AEG      4 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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what do you do when life offers you robin eggs? hold your hand out...duh

i unexpectedly got thursday off so i checked the list of hikes i wanted to do and texted Count Tacula, consulted Gumdrop and next thing you know, we had a plan!

great hike in a totally new area to me. i'm sure this hike is awesome in summer and fall and hopefully i will see it during those times too, but i always enjoy spring in the mountains. everything is waking from it's winter slumber and there is such a different feel to it. the early views towards Sedona were cool and the Peaks with snow topping was an awesome sight as well

i enjoyed all the trails, though the final big climb up the Gaddes trails was probably my favorite. great weather and nice to hike with the boys again.
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joebartels
Hiking19.90 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking19.90 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   2.84 mph
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With ten minutes to figure out a hike I pulled this up in Route Scout. A personal favorite I designed for Autumn 2013.

Only crossed paths with 1 other hiker on Coleman. Near perfect weather on this fab figure eight loop.

Might be easier to take 89A down to Mescal than short cutting through the locust thickets. Not a scratch and the foxtails are currently friendly, just saying. A little trouble figuring out the trail on Bug Hollow Trail #548 near the 6,600 contour. Over half the ascent is in the last 5 miles. No biggie with the breeze. Took an early and late nap.

Did pass a family taking flowers up to the grave site Bruce visits when we pass the area. Believe they called it the the Indian grave.

carried 4 quarts, about 4 ounces unused
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paintbrush, a sprig of lupine, a large field of unknown yellows and another of whites

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just a trickle at the pipe under the dam
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The second day, I resolved to do two things that would allow for more hiking: an early start, and staying at the higher elevations. I accomplished both and had a much better day.

The Mingus fire lookout is accepting visitors and we spent some time talking while I was enjoying the cool breezes you get up in the fire tower.

I watched 2 parasailers and one hang glider take off. Looks fun, but not sure that I'll ever be able to be convinced to do the hang gliding takeoff.

My search for the Mingus View Trail failed completely. There are no signs acknowledging its existence whatsoever. I must have cruised past the turnoff, but it is anybody's guess where it starts.
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Mar 28 2015
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Mingus Inner Maze LoopPrescott, AZ
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Hiking5.76 Miles 957 AEG
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Mingus Meander - Part Deux, AZ 
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Hiking19.86 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking19.86 Miles   9 Hrs   46 Mns   2.43 mph
4,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   35 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
:FG: In search of Red October. :FG:

Because of the idiots in Washington, like the rest of the improved areas in the state, the Mingus area was closed/locked for camping, bathrooms locked, trash cans taken away. Even the $5.00 day use envelopes were taken away, so it's a day of free hiking.

I've been to the Mingus area now 10 or so times times and still can't figure out why this area does not get more hikers. There are trails of all different skill levels, lengths and elevation gains. Temps are always 20 degrees cooler than the valley, and tree cover abounds. Other than Woodchute Mountain, I've seen no more than 4 hikers total.

We parked up top and started hiking to the South into Gaddes Canyon with scattered spots of snow, frost on the ground and 40 degree temps. The canyon is mainly oak and walnut and little color to be found. There was plenty sign of bear, some pretty recent. A pretty trail. A short walk up FR413 and we were on the Colman Trail. It's a short steep climb to some excellent views to the South and then once on top, to the north and east. From my last hike up here I remembered not liking this trail, but I must have misremembered, it's actually quite nice.

Now on top, we stopped back at the truck for a snack and to pick up additional moisture for the remaining 12 miles.

The Butterfly Trail was the next memorable area up there. While no butterfly's were spotted, its a scenic trail in a little canyon with plenty of tree cover, a spring and small tank. After a road walk, we went cross country on a "Faint" trail to get to the scenic Upper Mescal Trail until it met up with the Bug Hollow Trail. Both very pleasant trails.

North Mingus, Mingus and the View Point Trail all connect to take you around the north side of Mingus Mountain and then ultimately climb steeply up the western face back to the parking area.

The first decent color all day was 2/3rds of the way in on the North Mingus Trail and was just a pocket 100 yards or so long. The final color was spotted at the end on the View Point Trail.

People, get out and enjoy this area.......
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Isolated pockets of yellow/red maple. Majority of deciduous makeup is oak in the area. Still a week or two early for the best color

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Plenty of filterable water all around the spring area.

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Plenty of filterable water

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Lake was close to full

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Flow is a guess. Spring is fenced in and covered over with a metal cover. Flow can be heard under th cover.

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Lush green and damp

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plenty od muddy water
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joebartels
Hiking19.40 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking19.40 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   2.22 mph
4,200 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break20 LBS Pack
 
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If you bounce around this thing called life thinking it's mountains, creeks and leaves flickering in the wind you are blind. Personally I think you are the luckiest person on earth.

7am - A warmer than anticipated 41 degrees accompanied us along our planned loop. Spotty patches of snow caught the attention of my nerves. Luckily that was end of the death blanket. We took the short stroll down Gaddes Canyon #110 to the real canyon...

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037 is among my favorite stretches on Mingus. It is a beautiful forested ravine. No real perks. Simple canyon beauty with more evidence of bears than squirrels.

This was my first trip going up Coleman Trail #108. It seemed better than memory served. The secret is the overlook NW of 7282. Perhaps 7282 would merit a story political wannabes could toss money at detail lacking articles in transportation publications.

Our warm-up portion of the figure eight loop was complete. Back at the truck we indulged in Debbie's homemade monkey-cake to give the war on cholesterol a pat on the back. Next up was a partial new route from Lyding/Whiteman sources on West Rim Trail #538 to wrap us around the NW of Mingus. We passed through young dense pines on fading roads until we stumbled upon victory...

Butterfly Trail #536 is a nice route that explores upper Haywood Canyon. At least that was our experience on it's lowest quarter mile.

After passing through a parking lot marked as benchmark 7022 on topo I had a satellite drawn route to get us a little over a quarter mile down to Upper Mescal Trail #550. Bruce took it to heart looking for a trail... then he found a trail... naturally I took credit for my superior planning abilities. It quickly petered out.

The east portion of Upper Mescal Trail #550 is heaven for a tiny slice. Bug Hollow Trail #548 brings out the vista lover in you. We took the North Mingus Trail #105 highway back to Autumnfest along its upper stretches with #105A and #106. The invitations were messed up, that's next week! If you love autumn, check it out in a week or two. If you love a good hike, go anytime it's warm :y:
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A good week early. Nice pockets in the colder dips of the ravines.
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Enjoyable subtle accents throughout portions of our loop.

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looked clean and refreshing

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I wouldn't drink it

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looked as full as ever which isn't saying much
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Hiking4.50 Miles 390 AEG
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After work night hike from Butterfly Tank to the church camp. Hiked back on FR 104. It was downright chilly with a strong wind whipping through the pines, and pitch black due to cloud cover. A trio of squirrels were watching me from a ponderosa, their brilliant reflective eyes startled me at first. The maples in Yaeger Canyon were just starting to change, no color on the oaks yet.
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A short hike after packing all day for a trip. Super muddy after this weekend's rains.
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A clockwise loop of trail 537, old 536 all the way to the north point of Mingus, then south on the North Mingus Trail to the hang glider ramp. I followed the road back to my truck at Butterfly Spring in the fading twilight, seeing several deer along the way. It was nice to experience some cool weather on this wickedly hot day. :sweat:
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A pumpkin day needs a better ending, so I ditched the work truck and ambled off aimlessly into the Mingus woods at night, following Butterfly #536. Having hiked all the other branches recently, I turned onto a branch signed as "dead end" and turned on my headlamp. I soon came to a "T" in the ancient road with a "dead end" and a "no trespassing" sign. "Not tonight, sign!", I thought, and turned left, pushing deeper into the spooky woods along a vaguely familiar route. The old logging road rambled east, passing the north edge of the mountaintop and a pair of unsettling, reflective green eyes. Stumbling onto the North Mingus Trail near the north point of Mingus, I turned south and followed it and then the road a couple of miles back to the truck, enjoying the stars and peaceful forest bathed in pale moonlight. The day ended on a better note. Time spent in nature improves everything.
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Evening hike from Butterfly Spring up trails 536, 537, and 538. Made it a loop by going cross country near the end of trail 538.
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Did a lunch break loop on trails 537 and 538, starting from Butterfly Spring. The trails are better signed, and appear to have been rerouted since my last hike on them in 2007.
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Hiking5.00 Miles 475 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.82 mph
475 ft AEG
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I came up from Yuma on a whim to get a break from the heat, and decided Prescott was far enough. It's been years since I hiked on Mingus Mountain, and it seems busier than I remember, but probably a lot quieter than usual with the gloomy weather. After all the recent rain, the trail was almost too soft to hike on. There were no signs of recent human presence, but plenty of elk and deer tracks in the mud. I had to head back out at higher speed when the thunder got too loud, and barely beat the rain back to the car.

I saw a couple corner posts near an excavation not far from the work center. I'll have to look those up.
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Jun 13 2011
MEWhiteman
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 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus Inner Maze LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2011
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.70 Miles 525 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.63 mph
525 ft AEG
 
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First hike in Prescott this year. Introduced my neighbor to hiking up there. The temp at about 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix plus the shade made for a pleasant hike. The trail has been rerouted since 2009 and I've posted a track including the new trail and the old one to form a lasso loop. We had lunch at the Haunted Hamburger in Jerome to cap off the morning. Good trip.
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Nov 29 2009
JimmyLyding
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 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mingus Inner Maze LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2009
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.76 Miles 2,007 AEG
Hiking9.76 Miles
2,007 ft AEG
 
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Started @ the Summit parking area right off of Hwy 89. Went up FR 104 to the Butterfly Trail, and eventually got to MEWhiteman's route. Break @ the hang glider launch area, then took North Mingus Trail #105 to the point right before it starts to switchback down. Back the way we came, then east to the easternmost grouping of towers, and then back to the car via FR 104. Lots of hiking on roads, but only saw 2 vehicles.
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