North Mingus Trail #105


North Mingus Trail #105 is one of a number of popular trails serving the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area. This is a particularly attractive trail during the fall because of the changing colors of the many small pockets of aspen and other deciduous trees on the north face of Mingus Mountain. With much of the trail above 7,000 feet, there are some nice views of Jerome and the Verde Valley. This trail contours around Mingus Mountain and descends more than 1,000 feet to Forest Road 338 and Mescal Spring. This trail, in combination with Trail #105A and View Point Trail #106, makes for an attractive loop, allowing day trips from the Mingus Mountain Campground area. TR #105A, which takes off from the North Mingus Trail #105 roughly 1.2 miles from the trailhead, is a well-shaded 0.5 mile trail that leads to Trail #106. Trail #106 climbs steeply for just under 2 miles to Forest Road 104 and the Mingus Mountain Campground. The complete loop is approximately 4 miles long.


Mingus Mountain Brochure 

Printable Trail Description and Map (830 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)


Mingus Rim Trails Description and Map (563 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

At a Glance

Fees No
Open Season: Spring
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. At the campground take the left fork road to the Hang Glider Launch where the trailhead is located.

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' quads for Cottonwood and Hickey Mountain
    • Prescott National Forest, east half
  • Average hiking time: 1.5 hours, one way



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Horse Riding

  • This trail serves Mingus Mountain Campground. Those planning to hike this trail as a loop with the View Point Trail #106 and Trail #105A should note that portions of Trail #106 are steep and rocky and should only be attempted by experienced riders.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
3.0 miles

  Elevation : 
7,823 feet