North Mingus Loop Trail

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Prescott National Forest

North Mingus Loop Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cottonwood, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,161 feet Route Type: Loop

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NOTE: During the winter the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. Hikers can park by the gate and continue on the road to the trailhead to begin the hike. For an easier hike, head to the left (clockwise). For a steeper hike, head right (clockwise) The trailhead is almost at the top of the trail (the highest is about 180 feet above the parking area), though you can drive to the highest point, which has a glider launch.

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over grown
1 day ago

Beautiful long views and nice change from lower altitude hikes. But very buggy! And also longer than indicated. We followed the trail closely and our phones both said over 5.5 miles.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a really nice loop for those who like a reasonably steep ending. What makes it stand out is the panoramic scenery of the Verde Valley, as well as the quick transitions to uniquely different biomes. Nice!

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17 days ago

Up early and out on this trail in the morning- it offers fantastic views. We went clockwise and ended with the steep hill. Would highly recommend!

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome hike with great views and weather!

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18 days ago

Great hike with amazing views. Went counter clockwise with great climb at the end. Empty trail as we only saw two others! Narrow trail in some areas but easy to follow. Trail does split a few times so make sure you have map or GPS. I would also say moderate++. Enjoy!!

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rocky
27 days ago

Gorgeous overlooks into the Verde Valley, Sedona, and NAZ all together. A bit rocky and don’t go if it’s snowy or heavily rained recently.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view from the trailhead, but it seemed too dangerous to proceed, so we hiked nearby.

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snow
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Do this one in March, no bugs, crisp temps, a variety of footing, snow covered Humphrey’s peak beyond the red rocks of Sedona! Spectacular views. We did clockwise and loved the steep climb at the end. Definitely felt it but loved it. Highly recommend this hike. Intermediate++ is an accurate description.

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2 months ago

Road closed as of 3/7/2020

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3 months ago

Went in February, road was actually closed, hiked a mile to the trailhead. We went counterclockwise and was scenic throughout. About mile 2 we encountered a lot of snow and more snow .... thoughts of turning back were present but at this point we were all in. It was definitely challenging hiking uphill in the snow, at mile 3 took us over 50 minutes to complete. First time hiking in those conditions was pretty awesome!

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rocky
6 months ago

Note to others, if you go counter clockwise, when you run into the 105, there is two 105’s, common sense would tell you they’ll meet back up, but it appeared to me like it was going way off another direction. So check gps when you run into the trails. Counter clockwise did get pretty steep as you were just feeling the burn but once you got to top of hang gliding spot taking the road all down hill to parking lot was nice. Very rocky trail but cool how diverse it was. Went from cliff side views to very covered with foliage. Fall was very peaceful. Didn’t see anyone else. Finished in 2.5 hours, mild jog for a stint or two and took that wrong turn which set me back about 20 minutes

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rocky
6 months ago

Awesome views

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rocky
7 months ago

If you don’t like rocks and bhiking, then 106 to 105 is not your jam. Unbelievable views of the valley overlooking Jerome. Spectacular in fact.

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7 months ago

Gorgeous view on every turn while looping. Definitely not an "easy" one, more like Moderate++. We went down trail 106 which drops 1160 ft over about 2.5 miles and looped back via 105A -> 105. The 105 trail is a steep climb over about 1.5 miles, no breaks in climb until you hit the RIM. Counter clockwise was much better choice for us since there was shade for the most part of the trail, there was none AM going down 106.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail both clockwise and counterclockwise. Started out at 9:30a at 53deg. Ended just before 12:30p at 64deg.

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8 months ago

This trail is beyond moderate... it’s closer to difficult. The beginning of the trail is a very steep downward trek, 1600 feet elevation drop, coupled with switchbacks and loose gravel. I estimate that 60% of the trail is down hill. The remaining 40% is a very steep climb on a rocky trail, with countless switchbacks... another 1600 foot elevation change to the summit. The remaining 2 mile section is an easy trek on flat forest land to your starting point.

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9 months ago

My family and I hiked the trail counter clockwise which I didn’t understand until we did it. The first part was steep switch backs, which would have sucked going the other direction. Also the sun was shining on us on the first half and shade on the second half. We started at 0900 hrs. The trail had a lot of gravel which was only challenging when descending. The trail had a bunch of over grown areas which were annoying if you wear shorts. We saw tons of butterflies, a few hummingbird and horny toads. One animal that we wish we didn’t see was a rattlesnake right on the trail in one of the rocky areas. My daughter stepped about a foot from it, i don’t know if it was more afraid of us or not because it was rattling like crazy. Beside that the Prescott valley views are outstanding.

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