Gaddes Trail #110

Gaddes Canyon Trail #110 is popular with campers on Mingus Mountain because it provides an easy day hike from the Mingus Mountain Campground to Gaddes Canyon. Because the trail stays primarily in ponderosa pine forest, there are not many views along the trail. However, there is a breathtaking vista overlooking pine-covered slopes approximately 2 miles from the trailhead. Where it enters the canyon bottom, Gaddes Trail #110 is idyllic. Gigantic ponderosas grow alongside equally impressive oaks and walnuts. The ground is a tangled mat of wildflowers where hummingbirds and bumblebees forage. Autumn brings shades of yellow, red, and gold. The trail climbs gently from the canyon bottom, and then follows an old road across flat, open terrain. Here, the forest is park-like, with native grasses padding the ground between widely spaced trees. It is not uncommon to see deer in this area, and there is often evidence of elk. The last mile of this trail winds downhill to its end at Allen Springs Road (also FR 413).

This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Refrain from using horses and bikes when the trail is wet.



Mingus Mountain Brochure (1.86 MB) NOTE- Brochure Correction: Mingus Mountain Campground and Picnic Site do not have electricity available at this time.

Trail Description and Map (8.5" X 11" PDF)

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 travel 2.3 miles to the Mingus Mountain Recreation Area and FR 104B. Turn right onto FR 104B and go 0.2 miles to the trailhead, on the left. Parking is fair.

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 Hickey Mountain
    • Prescott National Forest Map, east half
  • Average hiking time: 1 hour, one way


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

  • Accessible from Mingus Mountain Campground, this trail offers a pleasant ride through Gaddes Canyon. Please note that the trailhead does not easily accommodate horse trailers.
Difficulty Level: Moderate