North Mingus Loop Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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North Mingus Loop Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cottonwood, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

trail running

views

rocky

2 months ago

Definitely a trail to do in early am at low temperatures. The views are stunning on both sides of the hike. Do 106-105a-105.
It’s definitely more that a moderate hike!

hiking
3 months ago

The road leading to the trail head was closed off for some reason but the road itself is only about a mile long and flat so we just hoofed it. Other than that the trail itself was very nice. Nobody else was on the trail at all and the views were amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

After reading other reviews I decided to do this Trail counterclockwise which is harder. If you want a more gradual incline, go clockwise.

There were times the trail was too narrow and it’s rocky throughout. I hate the small rocks since I tend to slide easily especially downhill. So the beginning was definitely like that.

I see where complaints of overgrown areas were valid but it wasn’t too bad since it’s spring. But overall this trail could use some maintenance because you want to be able to see where you walk (potential snakes). I’m glad I brought my hiking sticks.

Scenery was better than expected and shade was less than I expected. So wear sunscreen or sun hat.

Overall not a bad hike but not a repeat trail for me.

4 months ago

Great trail with views. Road leading up to trailhead was closed which added another mile (one way) to the hike. No trail markers but the trail is clearly visible.

8 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Trail was a little overgrown and didn't see another soul.

hiking
11 months ago

Lightly traveled is an understatement. I should have brought a machete for a lot of it.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

hiking
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Did this trail in mid December. Great getaway from the cold flagstaff area. Did the trail with a 6 year old and a 9 year old with no problems. Trail is fairly well marked throughout.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

It was a nice hike, but getting to the trail would have been impossible without 4 wheel drive. We did the hike on a 90 degree day and it was not too bad with the shade and wind. The hike had great views of Cottonwood and the red rocks around Sedona.

hiking
Friday, September 14, 2012

Mingus Loop is a 3.6 mile circuit. I started out on trail 106 which is Forest Road 104. At the end of FR 104 there is a fine look out point here, just a few steps from the trail head.The tail leads east & gets steep & rocky rather quickly. The trail then angels northeast & continues to lose elevation. The trail narrows but the shade is nice. When you reach trail 105A, go left. Trail 105A is mostly Northwest, climbing gradually. Turn left when you reach trail 105 (it is about a half mile long) Now this is the toughest part of the hike. The trail is a switch back, fairly quickly uphill. At the rim top, nearly three-quarters of a mile from 105A, the trail angles to the southwest, connecting to FR105. Follow that a half mile back to where you started. The hike takes about 3 hours. There is nearly 1,500 ft of elevation gain involved. The trail is close to 8,000 ft above sea level.

I did this hike w/ both of my kids they were age 4 & 5. We hiked it toward the end of September.

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