Woodchute Trail

Jerome, Arizona

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The views from atop Woodchute Mountain are highly scenic, and so is your way there. The footpath winds northward through chapparal and mixed conifer forests characterized by scrub oak, manzanita, alligator juniper, prickly pear cacti, Gambel oaks, and ponderosa pines. Porous volcanic rocks sporting colorful colonies of lichens make faces at you from the trailsides. Wet winters yield dazzling and abundant spring wildflowers; oaks lend autumn color to this high desert landscape. You start out in a fairly heavy pine forest and pass through a gate affixed to two ponderosas to enter the Woodchute Wilderness. The trail is a comfortable, compacted path dusted here and there with cinder or gravel; a few loose, rocky segments pop up on the steeper inclines/declines, so watch your footing. At 0.8 mile from the parking area, the first of many beautiful views opens up—on a clear day here, you can see the red rock cliffs surrounding Sedona. Just off trail, ascend a promontory guarded by ponderosa pines and a giant alligator juniper with cacti growing at its feet; visible from here are the road in the tree-lined canyon below you and the San Francisco Peaks to the north.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

by Renee Guillory (The Mountaineers Books)

The views from atop Woodchute Mountain are highly scenic, and so is your way there. The footpath winds northward through chapparal and mixed conifer forests characterized by scrub oak, manzanita, alligator juniper, prickly pear cacti, Gambel oaks, and ponderosa pines. Porous volcanic rocks sporting colorful colonies of lichens make faces at you from the trailsides. Wet winters yield dazzling and abundant spring wildflowers; oaks lend autumn color to this high desert landscape.

You start out in a fairly heavy pine forest and pass through a gate affixed to two ponderosas to enter the Woodchute Wilderness. The trail is a comfortable, compacted path dusted here and there with cinder or gravel; a few loose, rocky segments pop up on the steeper inclines/declines, so watch your footing. At 0.8 mile from the parking area, the first of many beautiful views opens up—on a clear day here, you can see the red rock cliffs surrounding Sedona. Just off trail, ascend a promontory guarded by ponderosa pines and a giant alligator juniper with cacti growing at its feet; visible from here are the road in the tree-lined canyon below you and the San Francisco Peaks to the north.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jerome
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 682 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,707 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger Station
Local Maps: Munds Draw and Hickey Mountain USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Woodchute Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/1/2008
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This was an excellent trail. The views are beautiful. You are atop of Jerome and can see Sedona rock in the distance. This is an excellent dog hike, as long as your dog can walk about 7 miles. Before you reach the top of the trail there is a sttep incline for about .5miles, may have to stop and water dog a few times up. The temp was perfect, nice genlte breeze. Only ran into three set os people on the way down. please ensure to bring lots of water. You'll drink during the entire hike.



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