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Oct 17 2020
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ 
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking19.03 Miles 3,592 AEG
Hiking19.03 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.50 mph
3,592 ft AEG      55 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Out to Mingus for cooler temps and searching for color. The dusty dirt road leading to the top of Mingus is all packed down with fresh aggregate and staked. We find out later from some passing strange-r, that paving will start this week.

We made the obligatory stop at the hang glider spot for the views. The Horse Fire smoke was evident from here. In all my trips to Mingus, I still have yet to see any hang gliders.

Popping down from the top from Mingus on the 105 trail, we got to see some pockets of red maples. Not rim worthy, but very nice nonetheless. On the 2 track portion of the 105, we ran into Curly and Moe (aka @chumley and @John9l). After a short catch up, we continued on our merry way. We passed one of Curly's dirt cairns, shortly thereafter, pointing the way.

We started getting into more Oaks on the 548 and 550 trails, which are Joe's Fav.

After an .8 mile road walk, we were happy to be on the Butterfly Trail (No butterflies were harmed during this portion of the hike, or even seen). We hit the Middle trail I believe for the first time. This will be in future rotations.

After some lunch, we moved on to the southern portion of our figure eight. Gaddes #110 and especially Gaddes Two #9307 have been a favorite of ours for years. We are usually heading steeply up on these. For a change of pace, we headed down and hit the light pretty good on the oaks. Joe went all @Tibber on me taking more than 3 zillion photos of the oaks and walnut trees.

I was not looking forward to the climb up Colman towards the end of an 18+ mile hike, but with a few stops to get my HR down, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

One of the most memorable loops up on Mingus.

After delays because of accidents on 69 in front of Lucky's and then believe it or not, a 15 mile backup on I-17 from an accident somewhere around exit 242, I made it home dirty, tired and hungry and thirsty.
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Oct 17 2020
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ 
Mingus Oaks and Butterfly with Gaddes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
joebartels
Hiking18.41 Miles 3,514 AEG
Hiking18.41 Miles   8 Hrs   29 Mns   2.47 mph
3,514 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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I took my own advice from last year to utilize an established trail in this mini figure-eight loop. Then I gambled on switching the direction of travel. It's a rare treat going against the grain with such success. The light followed us nearly throughout the day. The foliage symphony crested on one of my favorite trails.

North Mingus Trail #105
We descended since Denny snubbed us. Two short maple pockets with fair color.

Bug Hollow Trail #548 & Upper Mescal Trail #550
Oaks were turning, but I enjoy these anytime. Horseshoe Bend hikers(cough) would call these yawners.

Middle Trail #537
We adjusted the planned route to include the half we never previously hiked. It's an old road in a forest of dense slender pines. Most of which appear to be tagged for thinning. I appreciate dominant pine stretches more in the summer but liked the change of scenery today.

Gaddes Canyon Two Trail #9037
I'm a huge fan of oaks and this trail. After years of dreaming about Gaddes' prime foliage potential, it was incredible. Probably as good as I'll ever experience.

Coleman Trail #108
We usually descend this to get it over with, with less effort. Rocky up top and blazing sun exposure on the slope are the gripes. Even ascending, this was more enjoyable than usual. Time to let go of the old grudge when the slope was a brushy nuisance.
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Extreme oaks in areas if instamaple opioids haven't hazed your perception of Autumn.
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 Tempe, AZ
North Mingus Loop, AZ 
North Mingus Loop, AZ
 
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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Sep 11 2020
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Geronimo Cabin - Kendall Peak, AZ 
Geronimo Cabin - Kendall Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2020
LJW
Hiking21.49 Miles 4,242 AEG
Hiking21.49 Miles   7 Hrs   51 Mns   3.03 mph
4,242 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Back to Mingus for what ended up being one of my favorite hikes of the year. Re-trod some of my favorite old ground on the north side of the loop and borrowed the southern half from HAZ. Originally drew up and hiked a similar loop a month ago, but if I'm remembering right I have @joebartels @The_Eagle and @chumley to thank for the route from Black Canyon to Kendall Peak.

Started at the #533 trailhead (pulloff) off 89a around 6am and went clockwise. Shady until onto Mingus proper on Yaeger Canyon. Alien sunrise through the atmospheric smoke. Orange to rose gold to plain white. Beat back the strength of the sun, and it was cool all day, although it made for weird lighting for snapping pictures.

Road walk to Butterfly. Cut up from the road and walked the stretch of Butterfly that runs adjacent to it. Took that to Middle trail. Two of my favorites on Mingus, but the dense pine forest is marked for clearing. Probably for the best. Walked the woods to the hangliding pad and had a look out through the haze.

More roads to Mingus Lake. Quick break, then through the woods up to the lookout. There was a ranger there walking toward the gate. Said good morning from behind, and he seemed quite unhappy to see me. Turns out the LO area is closed off for the duration of the pandemic. Ended up a real cordial conversation and a nice on-the-feet-break. John and I talked Mingus and firefighting and agreed not to forget what day it was and then went our separate ways.

Gaddes Canyon, up and over the ridge into the Geronimo drainage. Lots of trails to work with getting down. Trail from the drainage all the way to the cabin, and judging by the stonework, spring box, and metal trash, it might be one of Pena's himself. Good amount of catclaw. Cabin is really neat. There's some boots in the cabin that, whether or not they're legit, are in about two dozen shredded pieces.

Back up then down Gaddes Two. Another Mingus favorite. Rest of the loop is pretty much through open ponderosa pine forest that is almost impossible not to love. Black Canyon and Burnt Canyon route goes off trail. Open canyon floor and decent game/use trails make for really easy going travel. Feels far away, apart from the planes and sounds of distant motors. Lots of bear scat and some water in Burnt Canyon. Nice time of year for it with the canyon so lush and green.

Ash Canyon more delightful forest. Up to Kendall Peak which is more of the same only you're going up. To whomever lost their green HikeArizona hat on Kendall Peak's eastern ridge, I found it if you want it back. Views from the top not bad. Prescott ranges. Disturbed a couple hunters who were hanging around near the summit. Whoops. Down the ridge to the road and over another ridge to cut corners and get in on even more pine forest. From there, uneventful but beautiful road walk to Little Yaeger, which is probably best on a mountain bike.

Only saw the three people on the day. Similar trail use on a weekend, but the road traffic goes up. Temperatures never hit 80. Nice way to hold over until fall.
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Jul 18 2020
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
South Mingus, AZ 
South Mingus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 18 2020
hikerdw
Hiking12.32 Miles 2,404 AEG
Hiking12.32 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   2.80 mph
2,404 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
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Seeing @joebartels and @The_Eagle recent triplogs for the area figured this would be a good hike and that it was. Only saw one other hiker the entire day. Temps were great in the morning, really nice at the higher elevations, and tolerable on the descent back to the trailhead. Saw 5 deer, one very close which we followed for a bit. A mix of terrain, groomed trails, old abandoned trails, off-trail, and forest roads made for ideal conditions. Had a nice lunch break on Kendall Peak. Fantastic day hiking South Mingus.
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Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking16.66 Miles 3,166 AEG
Hiking16.66 Miles   7 Hrs   52 Mns   2.22 mph
3,166 ft AEG      22 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We went up to the Mingus area to take advantage of the cooler weather.

Starting on Yaeger Canyon Trail #28 , heading CW, we got the big climb for the day out of the way. Cool crisp air and good views on the way up.

Up top, a short walk on FR413 until we went off trail to check out Chums. Chums was a bit scummy, but filterable if needed.

We continued our off trail to meet up with Gaddes #110. We headed down to more great views.

Next, it was into a new area for us. Burnt Canyon was really one of the gems on this hike. Easy wide open walking to start, turned into slickrock, with very minor canyoneering. Water could be had in many places, but never got in the way of our hike.

We climbed out of Burnt Canyon and into Ash Canyon #539. We've hiked through here before and a worthy trail if you are in the area. We use it as a way to access Kendall Mountain There is a huge ole' Juniper that we have used before as a break spot. The shade felt good.

Heading down Little Yaeger #533, I couldn't remember ever being on it before. It had been 8 years since we did the whole thing, but yep we'd been there. This is a well groomed, well used trail with once again, good views. We met a gentleman from Prescott that talked to us all the way down. Walking at our normal brisk pace, this 75 year old gentleman went step for step with us all the way down. I hope I can still do that at that age.
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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Spring is dripping but there is a large pool of water

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A little scummy, but filterable

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout This appears to be routed to a wildlife water catchment device now. It's about 30 ft by 40 ft long
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joebartels
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Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ 
Yeager - Gaddes - Burnt - Ash - Kendall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
joebartels
Hiking15.59 Miles 3,071 AEG
Hiking15.59 Miles   7 Hrs   53 Mns   2.24 mph
3,071 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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Vicinity History
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

Burnt Canyon
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.

Kendall Peak
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.

Synopsis
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
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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.

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Mingus Meander, AZ 
Mingus Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking17.34 Miles 3,905 AEG
Hiking17.34 Miles   8 Hrs   31 Mns   2.20 mph
3,905 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Made some variations to a Mingus loop I had done a few years ago to include more trail portions and less road walk.

Drive: From 89A a few miles south of Jerome, we headed east on FR-338. It's easy to spot the road, as it's directly across the highway from the big Prescott National Forest sign. We drove a little over half a mile on 338 and parked just east of Mescal Spring. The road is definitely medium clearance required, and 2wd is okay when dry, but is rocky in a few places.

Hike: We started the hike from Mescal Spring, and continued walking up FR-338. It starts gaining elevation right off the bat, but is a pleasant, shaded road walk. Passed a few old mines.

North Mingus 105. This one might be my favorite trail of the day. We wound our way uphill through ponderosa, juniper, oak, and maple. The trail is well defined, although brush encroaches in a few places. The only drawback was lots of gnats. It's a steady uphill climb, getting a little steeper as it approaches the top.

At the top, we walked across some forest roads and made our way over to the top of Gaddes Canyon 110 trail. The road walk is easy, views to the east are great. Saw a few cars parked up there, but not many.

Gaddes Canyon 110. Headed south down Gaddes, seeing three hikers--the only other hikers we saw all day. The trail gets steeper as it heads down into Gaddes Canyon.

Gaddes Canyon Two 9037. This one might be my second favorite trail of the day. It's a nice hike down the canyon. Lots of water and trees, but was warm. We saw one deer while taking a break for lunch. It watched us the entire time, but seemed to not mind our presence.

FR-213. At the bottom terminus of Gaddes Two, we took FR-213 east for half a mile to the start of Coleman. The road immediately starts regaining the elevation we lost in Gaddes Canyon.

Coleman 108. This was a new one to me so I wasn't sure what to expect. We headed north from the road, climbing back up to the top of the mountain. The southern end of the trail was steep, but in good condition. I stepped over one bull snake that refused to yield the trail. Once up top, the incline became more gradual, eventually flattening out, but the trail became a lot rockier. I preferred the steeper sections. Hot. Saw one bear print. After Coleman, some more road walk over to the start of View Point 106.

View Point 106. Headed east from the parking area. Very steep downhill. Very steep. Lots of loose rock and dirt. I was happy to be carrying poles. The less steep sections were quite nice. Excellent views, as the name suggests. Saw some horned lizards.

Mingus 105A. Took that west from View Point to reconnect to North Mingus at the saddle. Short trail, but I like it. Shade and trees. The uphill going this direction is reasonably gradual.

From the saddle, we took North Mingus and FR-338 back down to where we had parked. Going downhill seemed a little rockier than going uphill in the morning. Nice to get some stretches of shade.
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Apr 26 2020
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus Mountain Figure 8, AZ 
Mingus Mountain Figure 8, AZ
 
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
 
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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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Nov 09 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus - Clipped Butterfly Loop, AZ 
Mingus - Clipped Butterfly Loop, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking18.76 Miles 3,645 AEG
Hiking18.76 Miles   9 Hrs   37 Mns   2.27 mph
3,645 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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Twist on a great figure eight loop. We navigated shrub and game trails looking for a route to open the door to new looping opportunities. Brute force bridged the mythical puzzle. Minor ego/blood loss. Worthy adventure to curb curiosity. Discovered a couple unknown-old or new trails in the works.

Perfect weather with nice stretches of crunchy oak leaves. Energy dragged on flats and eased descents. Gaddes and Butterfly turned that frown upside down. Ended on a smile.
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8.4 days past prime
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a few isolated specimens

dry Butterfly Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout no butter, no fly, no water

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Creek looked dry from a hundred feet above
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Mingus - Clipped Butterfly Loop, AZ 
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The_Eagle
Hiking19.34 Miles 3,603 AEG
Hiking19.34 Miles   9 Hrs   37 Mns   2.27 mph
3,603 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We started at the Potato Patch Parking lot off 89a on a new Trail, #530. This trail does not seem to be named yet.
It's actually a nice connector that gets you over to the Upper Mescal #550.

I had 3 goals on this hike.

First, find a route down from the Bug Hollow Trail #548, to an old FR connecting to the North Mingus #105 Trail. Success, there was actually a great use trail all the way. This route will be added to the rotation.

Second, find a route up to the rim using an old undocumented trail we'd found the last time up in the area. This is a well defined trail, up to to about the spot we we stumbled upon last time. We lost the trail and just decided to scramble to the top. It took some time and blood, but we made it to some great views.

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Third, we'd held out hope that we'd find the tail end of some color. We've historically had a tough time hit the color on the correct week. No real color to be had again.
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Upper Mingus Figure-8 Loop, AZ 
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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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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
 
1st trip
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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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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 Trail Two (Old) (added 2020-02-11)
Based on comments in nonot's [ Triplog ] we hiked or paralleled this mythical 2 mile out-n-back. For sleuths' sake of ever figuring it out I moved the trailhead from FR501A to trail 502 which hikebot does have a track posted based on gov gis data.

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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Kendall Peak
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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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Pooling in the area of the 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
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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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Turkey Tank Woodchute Tank Upper
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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. 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 
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Hiking avatar Sep 30 2017
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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1st trip
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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