Gaddes Two Trail #9037

For most of its length, Gaddes Two Trail #9037 travels along the cool, shady bottom of Gaddes Canyon. Large oaks and walnut trees tower over a thick understory of New Mexico locust to create a lush green canopy not often encountered in this part of Arizona. Wildlife takes advantage of this unique habitat—deer, elk, and a wide variety of birds make their homes here. It is common to see signs of bear along the trail. From its trailhead on Forest Road 413, this trail gradually climbs the southern side of Mingus Mountain, where it joins the upper section of Gaddes Trail #110.

This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Refrain from using horses and bikes when the trail is wet. Poison ivy grows in several places along the trail—watch your step!



Mingus Mountain Brochure (1.86 MB) NOTE- Brochure Correction: Mingus Mountain Campground and Picnic Site do not have electricity available at this time.


At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Approximately 1 hour from I-17 and Chino Valley, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


From its intersection with Interstate 17, travel 12.2 miles on Hwy 260 to the junction with Hwy 89A. Turn left and go 16.8 miles, through Jerome, to the Mingus Summit and Forest Road 104. Turn left onto FR 104 and travel 1.4 miles to FR 413. Turn right onto FR 413 and go 5.8 miles to the trailhead, on the left. Parking is poor.

From the junction of Hwy 89/89A in Chino Valley, travel 18.3 miles on Hwy 89A to the Mingus Summit. Turn right onto FR 104 and follow the directions above.

Portions of FR 413 may be rutted or rocky, but the road is suitable for most vehicles when dry

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Coleman Trail #108
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Cottonwood and Hickey Mountain
    • Prescott National Forest Map, east half
  • Average hiking time: 1 hour, one way


Mountain Biking

  • This trail offers a well-shaded ride through a lush canyon in the Mingus Mountain area.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Day Hiking

  • A gorgeous hike through lush, green Gaddes Canyon in the Mingus Mountain area.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

  • A beautiful ride through lush, green Gaddes Canyon in the Mingus Mountain area. Please note that the trailhead does not easily accommodate horse trailer parking.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.4 miles

  Elevation : 
7,395 feet