View Point Trail #106


View Point Trail #106 is one of a number of popular trails serving the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area. Beginning in mixed pine forest at over 7,600 feet, Trail #106 offers some splendid views of the Verde Valley and Mogollon Rim. This area is especially attractive in the fall, when the maples and oaks blush red and yellow. This is particularly true of the northern and western sides of Mingus Mountain. Trail #106 descends a steep slope on its way to Forest Road 413. Loose rocks require careful footing. Those who prefer a loop hike can return to the campground area by way of Trail #105A. Trail #105A, which takes off from Trail #106 roughly 1.9 miles from the trailhead, is a well-shaded 0.5-mile trail that leads to North Mingus Trail #105. Trail #105 ascends the north side of Mingus Mountain to the Hang Glider Launch and FR 104. The loop is approximately 4 miles long, including the short walk along FR 104 to the campground.

Portions of this trail are steep and rocky. Please use caution.


Mingus Mountain Brochure (1.86 MB) NOTE- Brochure Correction: Potato Patch Campground is the only recreation site that has water available, the other sites on Mingus Mountain do not have water available at this time.

Printable Trail Description and Map (676 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

  • $5 for day use (Wednesdays are free)
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Approximately 45 minutes 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 and go 2.6 miles to the Mingus Mountain Campground. The trailhead is located within the campground. Campground fees vary.

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.

Road conditions are suitable for all vehicles.

General Notes:
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map: 7.5' quad for Cottonwood
    • Prescott National Forest, east half
  • Average hiking time: 1.5 hours, one way



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Day Hiking

  • A difficult, but popular trail serving the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
3.1 miles

  Elevation : 
7,641 feet