Little Yeager Canyon Trail #533


From Forest Road 105 Little Yeager Canyon Trail #533 goes west along a ridge. It then descends a steep series of switchbacks into Yeager Canyon. Yeager Canyon supports an attractive riparian corridor, where deciduous hardwoods create a canopy of shade. Fall paints the canyon in brilliant shades of yellow and gold and is an excellent time of year to explore this and other trails in the Mingus Mountain area. Fortunate visitors may spot deer, elk, and a variety of birds. Black bears also make their home in this area. Rolled rocks along the trail show where bears have passed by, turning stones in search of grubs and other insects.

Portions of this trail may be overgrown with brush.


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 (689 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Approximately 1 hour from I-17; 30 minutes from 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 FR 104. Turn left onto FR 104 and go 1.3 miles to FR 413. Turn right onto FR 413 and go 1.4 miles to FR 132. Turn right onto FR 132 and go 0.4 miles to FR 105. Turn right onto FR 105 and continue for 0.4 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is good.

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

Alternate access is via the west trailhead. This trailhead is located on Highway 89A at a point about 1.5 miles east of the twin power transmission lines crossing the highway just inside the western Prescott National Forest boundary.

Road conditions are suitable for all vehicles.

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



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Horse Riding

  • A forested trail through Yeager Canyon southwest of Mingus Mountain. The steep switchbacks may be difficult to navigate on horseback.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.0 miles

  Elevation : 
6,933 feet