Gaddes Canyon Trail #110 (Mingus Mountain)

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 07:00
Larry A -, 602-789-9548
C- LENGTH: 4 mi ELEV GAIN: 590 ft PACE: Slow

Meet at 7:00 am (depart at 7:15) at the Park-and-Ride on the southwest side of I-17 and Bell Rd.

This is an easy hike with occasional stops and photo ops. Afterwards we will visit a world famous hang glider launch pad with spectacular views overlooking the Verde Valley and Mingus Mountain Lake. Fill up the tank and come out for a fun time taking up most of the day.

All vehicles including passenger cars can be utilized on the unpaved sections under dry weather. Gaddes Canyon Trail #110 is popular as it provides an easy day hike from the Mingus Mountain Campground to Gaddes Canyon. Turnaround will be at a breathtaking vista overlooking pine covered slopes approximately 2 miles from the trailhead.

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. 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).

We plan to stop on the return for libations and food at Taqueria Guadalajara Mexican restaurant in Prescott Valley. The adventure will be canceled if the weather or roads are bad.

Bring sunscreen, hat, boots, plenty of water, snacks and $$ for carpool.

Children, well behaved outdoor dogs are welcome.

Cost to non-members is $5. AzOTC members - just show up. Guests and new members should contact the hike leader prior to the hike to sign up and to discuss any questions regarding vehicle suitability, room for riders, etc.