Mingus Rim Loop Trail

Jerome, Arizona 86331

Mingus Rim Loop Trail

Mingus Rim Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This loop uses trails and a short section of dirt road to loop over the 7815-foot summit of Mingus Mountain. Highlights include sweeping views of the Verde Valley, the Verde Rim, and the Mogollon Rim."

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"A scenic hike along and below the rim of Mingus Mountain. The trail begins at a viewpoint allowing you to view the chaparral country you will be looping through."

Mingus Rim Loop Trail Reviews

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7/24/2010
From central Mesa (Country Club & Southern), it took us 2.5 hrs drive time to reach the trailhead. We actually did this counterclockwise (the 106 trail portion first) so I can justifiably say: start out on the 105 like the book says. Portion 106 wasn't bad, it was just that after it met the 105 , the steep switchbacks of 105 were a @$!*%. There were plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery but whew, the steep ascent was a killer. We actually had a vew drops of rain during the hike, so it was relatively cool. And this fact, it was made doing 105 last at least tolerable. Because we were so high up in elevation, it was a lot cooler for the return trip. Yet another hike I will definitely do again -- albeit in the cooler months of the year.
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10/17/2009
Fairly tough hike, the downs were steep, the ups were steep, but worth it. One of the most picturesque I've done yet. Fall colors on the rim of Mingus were great.
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7/29/2008
This hike was great. It actually is 4.3 miles, though if you count it from the parking area round trip. The views are spectacular and you will cross a variety of terrains as you make your way around. As always, remember to bring plenty of water/gatorade with you as you will need it. We went yesterday and the weather was perfect.
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11/22/2006
There were beautiful views of Verde Valley, Jerome and the Mogollon Rim along the entire trail route. The trail guide indicated a clockwise loop but I hiked the trail counterclockwise to avoid the sun while climbing at the end. It seems the direction of the loop is a toss in regard to the viewscape so go with what works for your timing. There are very fine lookouts at either end of the hike. Don't miss the hang glider takeoff by the Work Center.
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5/22/2006
Great summertime hike...quiet...secluded...not too difficult...pretty area...cool weather
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Trail Information

Jerome
Nearby City
3.8
Distance
1,470 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
April through November
Season
7,640 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,840 feet
Top Elevation
Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Hickey Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018