Arizona Hiking Gallery
Mingus Rim Loop Hike
Prescott National Forest, AZ
August 12, 2006
Gallery contains 28 photos
Gallery last updated: 7/13/2008

The Mingus Rim Loop Hike is about a 4 mile hike starting from the View Point Trailhead on Mingus Mountain, using a short section of Mingus Mountain Road (FR 104), North Mingus Trail (Trail #105), Trail #105A, and the View Point Trail (Trail #106). After completing the loop we extended the hike by hiking to the lookout tower on top of Mingus Mountain which gave us an additional mile and a half or so. Unfortunately, they were not accepting visitors into the lookout tower.

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A view to the southeast from a hang glider launch ramp atop Mingus Mountain at the beginning of North Mingus Trail (Trail #105).

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A north easterly view from atop Mingus Mountain overlooking the Verde Valley and the town of Cottonwood below.

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A pair of Parry's Agave (Agave parryi) sporting tall flower stalks loaded with red buds just on the verge of opening into bright yellow flowers.

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A closeup of one of the Parry's Agave (Agave parryi) flower stalks.

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Greater Short-Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) blends in well with the leaves on the forest floor. I heard him rustling in the leaves before I saw him.

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A closer view Greater Short-Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) .

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Greater Short-Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) found along side the North Mingus Trail shortly after starting its drop from the rim.

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After dropping off the rim of Mingus Mountain, the North Mingus Trail travels through a wonderful pine, fir, aspen, and oak forest with lots of interesting plants. I don't know what this is, if you know please clue me in.

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The North Mingus Trail (Trail #105) as it slowly descends on the north side of Mingus Mountain.

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A lichen covered basalt slide crosses the North Mingus Trail.

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I'm not positive, but this might be New Mexico Raspberry (Rubus neomexicanus) .

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Alum-root (Heuchera sp.)

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Alum-root (Heuchera sp.).

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Alum-root (Heuchera sp.).

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False Solomon's Seal (Smilacina racemosa).

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Flower of New Mexico Raspberry (Rubus neomexicanus) .

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Interesting cliff along side the North Mingus Trail.

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A view to the north from the North Mingus Trail. On the horizon the San Francisco Peaks can be seen on the right and Bill Williams Mountain to the left.

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A view of Woodchute Mountain from the North Mingus Trail.

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Yellow Salsify (Tragopogon dubius) along the North Mingus Trail. I rarely see this flower in bloom as it is usually only open in the morning. At other times it only shows a large greenish bud.

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Looking back up toward Mingus Mountain along the North Mingus Trail (Trail #105) from the intersection with Trail #105A. From here we'll follow Trail 105A around to the east side of Mingus Mountain (to the left in this photo) to the View Point Trail (Trail #106).

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A view of the cliffs along the east side of Mingus Mountain.

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Bergamont (Monarda menthaefolia), a member of a the mint family, has an interesting flowerhead.

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A trio of Bergamont (Monarda menthaefolia) blossoms.

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A splash of scarlet penstemon among the lichen covered boulders.

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Somehow the View Point Trail (Trail #106) makes its way up into this fold and back up on top of Mingus Mountain.

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Interesting rock formations as the View Point Trail makes its climb back up onto the rim of Mingus Mountain.

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I like the interesting patterns of grain in this log alongside the View Point Trail.

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