Yeager Canyon Trail #28


Yeager Canyon Trail #28 is on the west slope of Mingus Mountain and offers fine views of Lonesome Valley, Prescott Valley, and the Bradshaw Mountains. The trail begins in ponderosa pine forest, but stays primarily in pinyon pine and juniper once it descends below the rim. There is a nice riparian bottom lush with deciduous hardwoods along the portion of the trail that parallels Highway 89A in Yeager Canyon. This is an excellent area for watching wildlife. Deer, elk, and a variety of birds are common visitors. Black bears make their home here as well. 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: Mingus Mountain Campground and Picnic Site do not have electricity available at this time.

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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 0.8 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:

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  • A challenging route through forested terrain southwest of Mingus Mountain.
Difficulty Level: Difficult
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2.4 miles

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  Elevation : 
7,322 feet


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