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.
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