Woodchute Trail

Jerome, Arizona

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This easy trail goes to the north end of Woodchute Mountain in the Woodchute Wilderness. You’ll have some panoramic views of the western Mogollon Rim and Sycamore Canyon. From the trailhead, hike north on an old road for 0.4 mile through ponderosa pine woodland. Notice the large alligator junipers, the trees with, appropriately enough, bark that looks like alligator hide. The trail continues north across the flat summit area, and finally reaches the north rim of Woodchute, our destination. From the north rim, you have a panoramic view of the headwaters of the Verde River, the western Mogollon Rim, and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

Woodchute Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This easy trail goes to the north end of Woodchute Mountain in the Woodchute Wilderness. You’ll have some panoramic views of the western Mogollon Rim and Sycamore Canyon. From the trailhead, hike north on an old road for 0.4 mile through ponderosa pine woodland. Notice the large alligator junipers, the trees with, appropriately enough, bark that looks like alligator hide.

The trail continues north across the flat summit area, and finally reaches the north rim of Woodchute, our destination. From the north rim, you have a panoramic view of the headwaters of the Verde River, the western Mogollon Rim, and Sycamore Canyon Wilderness."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jerome
Distance: 7.4
Elevation Gain: 640 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,200 feet
Top Elevation: 7,700 feet
Local Contacts: Verde Ranger District, Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Hickey Mountain, Munds Draw; Prescott National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Woodchute Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/25/2010
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Very nice trail. Probably the best in the Migus area. Nice views of the Verde Valley and San Francisco Peaks. Easy and rewarding. Road noise from 89A is a bit annoying. 89A is a popular ride for loud motor cycles. Location of the trail head is a bit confusing. Following the dirt road for an extra 0.9 miles brings you to the trail head. An additional note: my car was broken into 5 years ago while hiking. I'm always a bit nervous when parking there.


9/1/1998
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The trail starts in the forest above Jerome. It is scenic from the very beginning first looking out Northeast over the Verde Valley. About 1 mile in the trail passes over a stretch of land that connects two canyons and you can see to the East and West. The trails meanders for 2 miles around a couple of small peaks sometimes following last-century mining wagon tracks then begins to climb. The moderatly steep climb brings you to the top of Woodchute which is a mesa (a large flat area) of fir trees. The trail continues North and finally gives you the choice of following down the other side towards a primitve road accessable from Jerome or along the meadows to the edge of the mesa looking out into Chino Valley. Here is where you can see the San Francisco Peaks rising above Flagstaff and the silvery stream of the Verde River flowing past the city of Cottonwood below.



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May 2018