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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. Hike north for 0.4 mile through ponderosa pine woodland. Notice the large alligator junipers—these are the trees with, appropriately enough, bark that looks like alligator hide. The Woodchute Trail forks right and climbs onto the main crest of the mountain. After crossing several dips in the ridge, it contours into the head of Mescal Gulch and climbs to the south rim of Woodchute Mountain. The trail continues north across the flat summit area, and finally reaches the north rim of the flat-topped mountain, which is our destination."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Northern Arizona (Falcon Guides).
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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