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Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037 - 13 members in 45 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 12 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ 
Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking11.90 Miles 2,695 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.78 mph
2,695 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
I went up to Mingus Mountain today to see if there was any fall foliage -- unfortunately there was essentially none. There might have been a bit more color on the north slopes of Mingus as compared to the south slopes, but if you go up there looking for some fall color right now you'll be disappointed.

We did see a couple of deer just as we started down the Coleman Trail -- a doe and a fawn.
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There was essentially no fall foliage to be seen. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a couple of weeks before you see very much. There were hardly any leaves that had changed color, but there were a few; that is I why I described the foliage as "isolated" instead of "none".
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 Phoenix
Gaddes Canyon #110Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2019
kelly14
Hiking4.91 Miles 1,406 AEG
Hiking4.91 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   1.70 mph
1,406 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
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After a quick day at work my wife allowed me to take the dogs on a hike up north. I decided on Gaddes Canyon #110. It was nice hiking on a trail for once. Most of our hikes over the last year have been off trail. Took #110 down to Gaddes Canyon and switched over to #9037. Didn’t bother looking for the spring because everything I’ve read is you can’t access it anyway because it’s covered? Anyway the trail was very pleasant and coupled with the partly cloudy skies and breeze was very relaxing. The trail was easy to follow but farther on the brush was starting to encroach ever so slightly. This trail could be a winner in the fall. Oaks everywhere! Was a bit bummed to not find a drop of water though. Had hoped to find a small pool or two to cool the dogs off so had to turn around earlier than expected. Took a break and was coming back the same way but decided to loop back around through a side canyon. Lots of bear sign and elk sign here. Only sighted a few deer though. One of which was acting real goofy jumping up and down and not really running away more so trying to draw our attention which made me think there was a fawn nearby but could never find it. Checked out a nice meadow and made it back to the truck.

I didn’t experience either #110 or #9037 fully but I thought they were nice and maybe worth a return in fall or wetter times.
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May 30 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ 
Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 30 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.00 Miles 2,638 AEG
Hiking12.00 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.
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There were more wildflowers than I would have guessed for the next-to-last day of May
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Jun 09 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
joebartels
Hiking15.76 Miles 3,944 AEG
Hiking15.76 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   2.10 mph
3,944 ft AEG   1 Hour   38 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Yeager Canyon Trail #28
6 years since Bruce and I hiked this one. The trail is very well maintained.

Gaddes Canyon #110
Short leg to make the loop work. Never tire of this one.

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
Long standing fav, prefer up. Dry, no wildflowers.

Black Canyon Trail #114
Almost felt like cheating since we just hiked the nicest upper end. Columbine patch. Box Elders stood out with their bright translucent green leaves.

Offtrail Black & Burnt Canyons
1.5 mi portion we did on a 17 mi loop Aug `14. The most notable pools of water all day. Bring your own, this canyon travels easy from all the cow trails-of-use.

Ash Canyon Trail #539
Only 1.5 mi, perhaps the best part of it too.

Yeager Cabin Trail #111
Whopping 0.5mi of this gem. 9Lee linking at it's best!

Little Yaeger Canyon
Looked forward to this the most as somehow it never made the mix. Heading in I couldn't figure why Preston mentioned...
Reversing your route back down Little Yaeger Canyon is the most difficult option.
Crystal clear now. I barely made it down with lots of help. The sword was double edged as the guys spent the previous hour suggesting changing this final leg to a nearby trail... lol
I'd still go up this canyon since I forgot to keep an eye out for the Aspens. Forget descending until memory fades!

Synopsis
Enjoyed the loop once. Not itchin to do it again. Mingus is my fav so neva say never but I'd reverse it. Good to see Chums jump in on this one. 18% of the hike was breaks =)
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One Columbine patch and a fair amount of raspberry in two canyons.
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chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
chumley
Hiking17.19 Miles 4,375 AEG
Hiking17.19 Miles   9 Hrs   7 Mns   2.18 mph
4,375 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
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1st trip
For some reason, I had never once dipped my hiking wick into any of the trails on Mingus Mountain, so this looked like a good introduction and an excuse to get to cooler elevations without driving too far.

The sun made it a bit warm toward the end, but the trails were great, and the off-trail sections were mostly manageable too! A patch of poison ivy made me do a few ballerina steps of avoidance.

Deliverance Cabin was one of the most rugged I've seen, and in an odd location. Whoever built it was apparently not a fan of being found. The way down was an improvisational mess. We enjoyed finding the old trail tread on the way back up.

The high point on the day was Kendall Peak, which somebody promised me was a unique and a peak. It's a good thing somebody added it about 6 minutes ago as a cya. :)

Little Yeager turned into a bit of an adventure in the heat of the afternoon sun, but despite slow travel, it was actually a nice change of pace to add to the mix for the day.

I'll have to explore some more of this little mountain sometime!

I ran circles around the other two, racking up a few extra miles and elevation too. :sweat:
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Jun 09 2018
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt Canyon - Ash Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking15.74 Miles 4,046 AEG
Hiking15.74 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.06 mph
4,046 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Joe had us up in the Mingus area again to hit some old favorites, look for some stuff and hit some new areas.

We started on the well groomed 1500' climb up Yeager Canyon Trail. Once up top, on FR9003P we stumbled onto the remains of an old cabin structure. Pipe in the structure, suggested there might be a spring in the area. After a bit of a search, we have a new named spring.

Next, the adventure of finding a way off the rim. Chums found us a break in wall to get down to our next search. Geronimo's cabin had been on my list since @PrestonSands was there years ago. This is a place that you could walk right past, if you were not within 50' of it. Gernomio's Cabin was built by Geronimo Pena. He worked as a woodcutter for 37 years, supplying the community of Jerome with firewood. Born in 1877, he passed away in the cabin in 1957 of heart disease. His boots are still supposed to be there, but I did not notice them.

Leaving the cabin we found an old use trail. We lost it and found again, along with the remnants of another unmarked near dry spring.

Back on the familiar Gaddes Canyon #110, Gaddes #9037 and Black Canyon #110, we turned into Black Canyon/Burnt Canyon. Bovine traffic made our travel much easier.

Next up was Ash Canyon #539. We found a shady spot for lunch, before heading up to Kendall Peak.
It was a bit of a huffer for me on that climb in the heat. The views are totally worth it.

We finished off the hike exploring the off trail Little Yaeger Canyon. Slow and brushy in spots, with a few down climbs that we practiced Safety First.

Good times, Thanks for driving Chums, great hiking with you again.
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Chums Spring
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Bovine in the area make the numerous pools a must filter

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Filterable water to be had

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Water below the spring in Ash Canyon tells me it's flowing.

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Pools to be found off and on.
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Oct 21 2017
joebartels
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Upper Mingus Butterfly & Martin Woodchute Loop, AZ 
Upper Mingus Butterfly & Martin Woodchute Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
joebartels
Hiking18.95 Miles 4,237 AEG
Hiking18.95 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.19 mph
4,237 ft AEG      31 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Mingus always delivers. Well past Autumn foliage prime we got crunchy oak leaves for large stretches. Outstanding cool weather throughout the day.

Coleman Trail #108
Rocky and is starting to get overgrown again. Hope this one sees a clipper and rake crew before summer.

Only passed 2 hikers all day. Consumed a whopping 1.2 quarts water.
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The area is a good 7-10 days past prime.

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 Mesa, AZ
Woodchute - Martin Canyon LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking7.49 Miles 1,420 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   2.26 mph
1,420 ft AEG
 
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Another hike with Joe and Bruce. I had done the last couple miles of this one before. The new stuff was interesting. Some nice Oak canopy and some good climb (I thought). Joe said ehhh :) . Thanks for the hikes gentlemen, like HAZ, :yr:
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Oct 21 2017
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Upper Mingus Butterfly & Woodchute Martin Loop, AZ 
Upper Mingus Butterfly & Woodchute Martin Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking19.36 Miles 4,795 AEG
Hiking19.36 Miles   9 Hrs   11 Mns   2.23 mph
4,795 ft AEG      31 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
The Upper Mingus loop portion of this hike consisted of a CCW track along
View Point Trail #106 :next: North Mingus Trail #105 :next: Mingus Trail #105A :next: FR 104 :next: Coleman Trail #108 :next: FR413 :next: Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037 :next: Gaddes Canyon #110 :next: Back to the Truck.

Gaddes 9037, 106, 105A, 105 are my favorites.
Coleman 108 needs some love.

Missed prime color by at least a week.

Ate lunch on the way over to Martin Canyon/Woodchute.

We did this one CW. FR106D :next: Martin Canyon Trail #103 :next: Rick Tank Cutoff Trail #104 :next: Woodchute Trail #102.

Martin Canyon's oak tunnel is the highlight as well as the area around Woodchute Tank.
Rick Tank Cutoff is a steep 1000' climb.

40's to start, 70's to finish.... Perfect
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Sep 30 2017
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mingus Loop, AZ 
Mingus Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking20.96 Miles 4,158 AEG
Hiking20.96 Miles   9 Hrs   13 Mns   2.56 mph
4,158 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We parked off 89A at the start of FS338, and headed up to North Mingus #105. 105 was a pleasant uphill walk, a little brushy in places, but easy to follow, with lots of vegetation. Apparently bears like this trail too, as they left plenty of evidence behind. We got to the saddle, took a break, then headed up, more steeply this time, to the top.

At the top, we walked past the hang glider launch area, chatted with one guy who seemed a little surprised that people actually walk around outside all day (he gave us a bottle of water so we wouldn't die), then headed over to the fire tower. There were two carloads of people at the tower, so we turned around and headed down Gaddes Canyon #110.

At the junction with Gaddes Canyon Two, we took a lunch break, then down Gaddes Canyon Two. It's a pretty canyon, with more evidence of bears, and I would love to see it sometime with running water. There were a few stagnant pools today, but that was it.

At FS413, we took a left and followed it all the way around the east side of Mingus. I had warned Nick that a long road walk was involved on this loop, with an option to take Coleman back up if the road portion wasn't appealing. The road ended up being quite pleasant, with open views to the east and north.

The start of View Point #106 is missing the sign, but we were able to get on it with no problem, and started heading uphill again. Lots of trees and shade on this portion, which was a welcome change from the sunny road. We turned on to Mingus #105A, and followed it up to the saddle and the junction with #105.

At the junction with #105, we took it back downhill and to the car. Getting to hike #105 twice today was nice, since we both agreed it was the most enjoyable trail of the day. The leaves on the oaks and maples are starting to change, and will probably be really pretty in a week or so. Nice to get some mileage today, and a good way to finish out the month.
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 Payson, AZ
Mingus Loop, AZ 
Mingus Loop, AZ
 
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The_N
Hiking20.96 Miles 4,158 AEG
Hiking20.96 Miles   9 Hrs   13 Mns   2.56 mph
4,158 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
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This was a nice loop put together by Linda, that we had stashed away for a few weeks. Weather seemed perfect to give it a go this weekend, and it was. Temps still in the 50's at the start. Up Mingus #105 was an early treat. Lush vegetation, tall pines and patches of yellowing oak, all the way to the top. The piles of bear scat got larger and fresher as we climbed, but no Yogi sightings. After topping out, we checked out the views, walked up to the tower and turned around. We started down Gaddes and lunched in some shade at the junction with Gaddes Two. This was a scenic & shaded canyon. The trail was loaded with acorns and even more bear scat. The creek was bone dry aside from a couple of stagnant pools. The road walk was next. Sun exposed, but a steady breeze kept conditions very comfy. Great views and no traffic made it an enjoyable road walk. We veered onto Viewpoint and continued on to #105A as we climbed back up to the junction with #105, which we took back down to the TH. We both agreed that #105 was the favorite trail of the day, so it was nice to start and finish the day with. Overall, another great day in the mountains.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus Butterfly Loop, AZ 
Mingus Butterfly Loop, AZ
 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking12.50 Miles 2,934 AEG
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Nice butterfly loop with Lily and 9L. Met up with FOTG, Carrie, and the dogs before heading out. The I-17 was backed up a couple hours due to a brush fire so we took the scenic way home through Yarnell. I'd always kind of wanted an excuse to make that drive-- it was long but pretty and I'm really happy I got a brake job earlier this week :D
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Mingus Butterfly Loop, AZ 
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John9L
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,934 AEG
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Met up with Kyle for another hike up north. We wanted to hike in the desert but it was still too hot so we decided to return to Mingus. The hike went well. We made a clockwise figure eight and the temps were pleasant. Later in the day Lee and Carrie arrived with the pups so we did some short hiking with them before returning to the valley. I really enjoy the hiking on Mingus. It’s easy going and the views are nice plus it’s a great way to get out of the heat. Thanks Kyle for driving!
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Coleman - Gaddes Canyon Two, AZ 
Coleman - Gaddes Canyon Two, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,656 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.61 mph
1,656 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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1st trip
I've been hitting a lot of Fire Tower hikes this summer. We were chatting with Suzy at Spruce Mountain last week and she suggested checking out Mingus. So, I found this loop posted up by Tibber and Trekkingecko that looked perfect! I was a little nervous this morning as it had been raining all night into the early morning. We were presented with a spectacular view of Mingus in the clouds as we turned north on Fain road. We parked at the Viewpoint picnic area to start the hike. As soon as stepped off the road on to the Coleman trail it turned into a total mudfest. We spent a lot of time slipping and sliding and jumping from rock to rock. Once we started to descend off the top of Mingus, the ground firmed up. However, the vegetation was both overgrown and still wet from the overnight rains. So, now we were muddy and wet :) Great views heading down to FS413 and a nice connector down to the 9037 trail, Gaddes Spring. The 9037/110 Gaddes Spring/Canyon trails were fantastic. Firm ground but more wet overgrown vegetation. The trail crisscrosses the creek (unbelievably dry!) as it ascends back up Mingus. We ran into 2 fellows coming down the trail near the top. They said no one was up at the fire tower and it was closed, bummer. Once we reached the road at the top, we elected to go check out the fire tower any way. Much to our surprise, the ranger was climbing the steps just as we arrived. After getting situated, he invited us up and up we went. We had a fantastic short stay with Johnny Mingus and scored some Smoky the Bear hankerchiefs. The skies were darkening up and starting to rumble so we made haste back to the truck and made it all the way back to Dewey before the rain started. Stopped at Left-T's for some excellent post hike treats. So, thank you Tibber and Trekkingecko for posting up a fantastic loop up on Mingus!
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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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Mingus the Butterfly & I, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 13 2017
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking19.46 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking19.46 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   2.88 mph
4,000 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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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Apr 13 2017
fricknaley
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Mingus the Butterfly & I, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 13 2017
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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1st trip
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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Nov 05 2016
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop, AZ 
Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
joebartels
Hiking24.04 Miles 5,080 AEG
Hiking24.04 Miles   10 Hrs   53 Mns   2.49 mph
5,080 ft AEG   1 Hour   14 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Black Canyon Trail #114
Still mystified why we never see hikers on Mingus, I absolutely love it. It was great to experience it in near chilly weather for a change. Shockingly it'd been 5 years since we hiked up #114 from the lower trailhead. I was a little confused in the beginning as I didn't have topos on Route Scout for the beginning of the hike. Bruce quickly figured out the trailhead had been moved 0.75 mi below the old trailhead. Our 21-ish mile hike was to be a bit longer.

1.5 miles in on the easy to follow road Bruce noticed we were no where near our hike. 400 feet up, not wanting to backtrack down, I made the poor decision to work over. The roller coaster ravines added exactly 400 more feet of gain so we just gave up nice trail in exchange for more sweat than anticipated on the entire hike. Wah wah, are we hikers or what?

Finally on trail in cool weather things were looking great heading up. We looked forward to the short lived tall pine area near the top of #114.

Coleman Trail #108
When it's hot this is a descend-only preference. Today I opted to ascend for a change and enjoy Gaddes a touch more on the downswing. #108 is still in great shape and the Cottonwood overlook is a hit every time. We lunched near the upper end. Shorter than usual as we got cold in the Antarctica mid to upper fifties!

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
The rare descent was nice for a change. Although winter is months away it looks mid winter as all the leaves have fallen. This is a great summer canyon that offers some of the nearest relief from the boiling temps in the summer. It was so peaceful and quite I enjoyed this version too.

Black Canyon Trail #114
Back down Black Canyon we found out the old trail we missed at the bottom has been realigned. Paying attention would have probably left us confused, whouda thunk! The new alignment follows a ridge just south. It offers better options for shade under junipers. Interestingly some of the stumps look pretty old so it may have been used long ago or for cattle. Two gates have the new high quality latches we saw surrounding Granite Mountain this summer. There is zero signage at the trailhead to indicate this new trail as of yet.
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Autumn Foliage Observation None
Autumn is done, stick a fork in it already. Still nice to crunch through the crisp carpet of leaves. Okay there was a hint here and there but the show is typically Oct 10th ish.
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Nov 05 2016
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop, AZ 
Black Canyon - Coleman - Gaddes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking24.12 Miles 5,036 AEG
Hiking24.12 Miles   10 Hrs   53 Mns   2.44 mph
5,036 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
It'd been 5 years since I'd hiked from this TH, except as we started hiking, I realized the TH was all new, which should add 1.5 miles RT to the hike. I say should, because as we'd find later the start of this hike has been completely changed, with no indication what-so-ever at the TH.

We followed the road until, things just didn't seem right. I think the old trail took a left at the "ground under repair" signage that we'd passed. To get back on track, after a brief discussion concerning the flora, we opted to go cross country. It was slow going, but we made our way back on trail.

*** Note *** to start on the new trail, either download the new official Black Canyon Trail #114, or walk through the Road Closed sign, and take a 90 degree turn to the left.

The Black Canyon Trail #114 is not a drop dead gorgeous trail, but it's a steady climb, with some big views of the Cottonwood and Sedona areas on a nice trail. Other than a 1/2 mile section, just east of the ridge that drops into the pine valley (my favorite section), this is a superhighway. It puts a smile on your face, when there's an 8' wide swath taken out of a manzanita grove.

The Coleman Trail #108 gets you to the top quickly and is in great shape. We ate an abbreviated lunch up top, because (finally) it was cold!

After a stop at the closed Mingus Lookout, it was the Gaddes Canyon #110 to the Gaddes #9037. We were hoping for a bit of color, brown is a color and it carpeted the forest floor. Not the color we were hoping for.

Continuing our way down, back on the Black Canyon Trail, Route Scout yelled at us for being off trail (Pinned To function can be a life saver!). We were on a perfectly good trail, so we were a bit confused. We back tracked 100' to where the track said we went wrong. Ahh Ha, the old trail was cleverly blocked off and we'd not even noticed.

We followed the new reroute directly to the truck.
Enjoyable hike with peerrfect weather...
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Muddy Tank water

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Plenty of filterable water from previous rains

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Fenced in and sealed
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May 29 2016
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus the Butterfly & I, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 29 2016
joebartels
Hiking19.90 Miles 4,200 AEG
Hiking19.90 Miles   7 Hrs   41 Mns   2.84 mph
4,200 ft AEG      40 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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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