North Mingus Loop Trail

MODERATE 11 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.

4.3 miles
1397 feet

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

trail running



7 days ago

5 months ago

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.

7 months ago

7 months ago

10 months ago

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.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday, September 27, 2015

trail running
Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

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.