Goat Peak Trail

Prescott, Arizona

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This trail connects the small settlement of Cherry with Mingus Mountain to the north. It leaves from Arizona 89A west of Jerome and travels up Mingus Mountain to within a mile of Mingus Lake, which is a small but pretty lake that is a popular spot for fishing or relaxing on a hot summer day. Initially, the trail travels on a wide, graded dirt road past many well-used backcountry campsites. In addition, there is a campground on Mingus Mountain. The trail then travels along FR 132, which is definitely for dry weather travel only. The road becomes totally impassable in wet weather, and a sign at the start warns that wet weather travel is prohibited and violators are subject to prosecution. Special Attractions: Mingus Lake; Long, scenic ridge top trail; Backcountry campsites and developed camping on Mingus Mountain. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This trail connects the small settlement of Cherry with Mingus Mountain to the north. It leaves from Arizona 89A west of Jerome and travels up Mingus Mountain to within a mile of Mingus Lake, which is a small but pretty lake that is a popular spot for fishing or relaxing on a hot summer day. Initially, the trail travels on a wide, graded dirt road past many well-used backcountry campsites. In addition, there is a campground on Mingus Mountain. The trail then travels along FR 132, which is definitely for dry weather travel only. The road becomes totally impassable in wet weather, and a sign at the start warns that wet weather travel is prohibited and violators are subject to prosecution.

Special Attractions: Mingus Lake; Long, scenic ridge top trail; Backcountry campsites and developed camping on Mingus Mountain. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 14.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: March to November, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 5,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,500 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hickey Mt., Cottonwood, Cherry, Prescott; BLM Prescott; USFS Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Goat Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/28/2010
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An easy trail through the pines at the start and end. The middle section approaching Goat Peak is open and sun-baked. Very dry conditions with no flowing water in creeks. Only a handful of steep areas and a couple spots that were a little rocky. Beautiful scenery in the vistas and the pines. I can see how this would be messy if it was monsooning, but when I went all rutted stretches were hard and dry. As the guide indicates, there is a sign saying wet-weather travel prohibited. Otherwise, if dry, doable with any stock 4x4 SUV or even 2wd truck. You want a little ground clearance; not for cars. Wayfinding was easy.


5/1/2009
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trail much more difficult than described in the trail map. not alot of markers after 2nd half of trail. with out the ever present sun we knew we were going in the right direction. beautiful scenery and no people very much a plus.



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