Coleman Trail #108


Coleman Trail #108 begins in an open park-like forest where ponderosa pine and alligator juniper provide deep pockets of shade. Spring brings wildflowers—creamy sego lilies and flame-colored Indian paintbrush—while fall comes dressed in yellow and gold as the Gambel oak change colors with the cooling weather. Typical of this high-elevation area, there are good views of the Verde Valley, Cottonwood, and the red rock country above Sedona. From the trailhead, this trail descends gradually to the southeast, staying above Mingus rim for 1.3 miles. Then the trail turns sharply to the south and begins a steep, twisting descent to its end on Forest Road 413. Gaddes Two Trail #9037 lies less than a half mile to the west. This trail, which passes through a portion of lush, green Gaddes Canyon, climbs back up to FR 104A. Travel southwest along this road for a short distance to reconnect with the trailhead for Coleman Trail #108. This loop is approximately 6 miles long.

The steep portions of this trail below the rim may be badly eroded and horseback riders need to be especially cautious. As of August 2010, the lower portion of the trail is very brushy and may be difficult to find or follow.


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 (474 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees No
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Medium
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. From the campground, travel 0.5 miles on FR 104A (the right fork) to the trailhead near the radio facilities.

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 in dry conditions.

General Notes:
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map: 7.5' quad for Cottonwood
    • Prescott National Forest, east half
  • Average hiking time: 1 hour, one way



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Horse Riding

  • This difficult trail begins near Mingus Mountain Campground and can be combined with other trails and roads to create loops of various length. Portions of this trail may eroded or overgrown, please use caution, especially below the Mingus rim.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.3 miles

  Elevation : 
7,618 feet