Goat Peak trail is a nice off road drive through the back country connecting the small town of Cherry, Az with Mingus Mountain. This journey in particular included about 80% of the Goat Peak Trail and about 40% of the Mingus Mountain Loop Trail. This is a fun scenic trail that takes you through many different kinds of vegetation and road structures from cool pines with green meadows to oak and brush, graded twisty dirt roads to rocky bumpy mountain shelves.
Groups should be limited to 10 or less. There are few places to easily turn around or let other traffic pass with some heavy traffic closer to the Cherry side of the trail. Cottonwood side comes down into a mining area so there could be truck traffic there during the week, however we went through on a Friday and it was dead. Very nice dispersed camping areas in various spots along the way.
2.0 - Most of the trail is very simple, stock FJ's should have no problem, there are a few rocky areas that will require 4 low. No a-trac or diff's required. Pinstriping is probable, and there are some narrow shelf's along the way so take caution when going around blind turns.
I-17 north to AZ 169 west. Follow for aprox 5 miles then turn north on to W Cherry Creek Rd/FR 372 which is the Goat Peak Trail. Continue to FR 413 which is Mingus Mountain Loop Trail, follow to FR 493 into Cottonwood.
Aerial View of the trail:
Trail starts off nice and smooth
Soon you are in the trees
A little rocky but barely noticable
Some rougher road
A nice place to stop and have lunch overlooking Cottonwood
Typical shelf on the way into Cottonwood
Previous AZFJ runs on this trail
Sedonafest II Convoy