Mingus Mountain

Total Miles
18.7

Elevation

2,299.25 ft

Duration

3 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Once you get through the lowland section of the trail, it climbs quickly up into the forest. If you want to see the fall colors, they peak in November. Views are impressive along the mountainside. You'll eventually pass Copper Chief Mine. Please obey all signs, as this mine is closed to the public. Camping is available, and the roads are open to unlicensed vehicles. This trail is not recommended in winter.

Photos of Mingus Mountain

Mingus Mountain
Mingus Mountain
Mingus Mountain

Difficulty

Moderate: Much of the road is easy, but there are several spots that are steep, narrow and rocky. Suitable for most stock high-clearance SUVs with 4-wheel drive.

History

We found a 1926 government report stating a cynanide mill was in operation at the Copper Chief mine between 1916 and 1918, during which time the mine returned $875,800. The mine operated profitably for many more years. The mine is owned by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc., based in Phoenix. Recent activity at the mine involved installation of a passive water collection system to control seepage still coming from old mine shafts.

Technical Rating

5

Status Reports

Thomas Lemar
Apr 13, 2024
2008 Toyota 4Runner
Open
Dusty
Jeff Rose
Jan 31, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
I have done this trail a few times and it's currently pretty normal. Started from 89A in Cottonwood. The dirt road is washboard then rocky and rough. After a few miles there are a few rocky areas that require 4 low.. The brush is closing in but we made it without getting any Arizona Pinstripes. Some muddy areas. after mile 10 the Forest Service has smoothed out some of the better rocky areas that used to be fun. now it's a 1 or 2 to the end.
Luke Vold
Jan 06, 2024
2022 Ford Bronco
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
We started down at Cherry, road is pretty rough, about miles 3 there was a Forest service dozer working the road, from that point all the way to Mingus is in great shape. They are doing the road all the way down to Cherry. Be mindful as heavy equipment is on the trail.
Dave Owen
Aug 20, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Muddy/Wet

Access Description

Follow Highway 89A northwest through Cottonwood and turn west onto paved Mingus Avenue. At the time of this writing a Maverick Gas Station was located at this intersection.

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