|when||Trip Report : November 21, 2020|
|Trip Report : May 24, 2014|
|where?||Yaeger Canyon / Coconino National Forest|
This will be a counterclockwise loop hike in the Mingus Mountain area, starting
on the Yaeger Canyon Trail (#28), followed by the Little Yaeger Canyon Trail
(#533), and then the Yaeger Cabin Trail (#111). From the trailhead we will descend
a steep and rocky trail, dropping 1,300 feet to the bottom of Yaeger Canyon and
Highway 89A. Turn left here and walk parallel with the highway for about a quarter mile.
Turn left again at an unmarked trail, which is actually the Little Yaeger Canyon Trail (#533) and start climbing the west rim of Mingus Mountain in a series of switchbacks. After 2.0 miles we come to Allen Spring Road. Turn left onto the road and follow it for 0.2 miles to Yaeger Cabin Trail (#111). Watch for the sign on the left side of the road. We’ll probably stop for a rest and lunch break somewhere in this area before hitting the Yaeger Cabin Trail.
We start hiking north on the Yaeger Cabin Trail through a heavy forest cover of pine and oak, gradually descending along a canyon tributary before beginning a climb to the canyon headwaters. About 1.5 miles from Allen Spring Road make a right turn at the junction to get back to the trailhead and our vehicles. If we have enough time after the hike and can find a few parking spaces in Jerome, which could be a challenge on a Saturday, we may do a short walking tour of Jerome and look for a place to eat dinner. If that doesn’t work, then we will look for a place somewhere in the Prescott Valley area.
NOTE: We last did this hike on May 24, 2014.
• Sturdy hiking boots
• At least 3 liters of water
• Rain poncho
• Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
• Lunch or snacks
|distance||6.8 mile loop|
|EC||-+1300' elevation change|
|elevations||7,300 feet at the trailhead, 6,000 feet at the lowest point|
|starting at||Yaeger Canyon Trailhead|
|on trail||100% — Little Yaeger Canyon, Yaeger Cabin, and Yaeger Canyon Trails|
|rating||"C+" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.|
|meet||8:00 AM in the parking lot west of Denny’s on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Due to COVID19 restrictions we cannot carpool, but will caravan from here to the trailhead to keep everyone together. We’ll leave promptly at 8:15 AM.|
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