Woodchute Wilderness Trails

Jerome, Arizona 86331

Woodchute Wilderness Trails

Woodchute Wilderness Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Named for a long wooden chute once used to deliver ponderosa timbers down the mountain to the mines in Jerome, Woodchute Wilderness is located in the northern portion of the Mingus Mountains. Although fewer than 6,000 acres in size and more of a timbered mesa than a mountain, it is one of the more easily accessible and frequently visited wilderness areas in Arizona.

State Route 89A, winding up from the Sonoran desert through grassland, oak, and piñon-juniper woodland to the ponderosa-Gambel oak forest at Mingus Pass, is interesting for its own sake. In addition to the above-mentioned tree species, the wilderness harbors some very large alligator juniper. Mule deer, rock squirrel, bobcat, and gray fox are at home in the Woodchute Wilderness, along with black-capped chickadee, pygmy nuthatch, saw-whet owl, scrub jay, and a variety of other birds. This trail guide covers an area with 6 miles of trails."

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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."

"Small and often overlooked, the Woodchute Wilderness offers uncrowded hiking along with some spectacular vistas. Reaching the top of Woodchute Mountain, the easy Woodchute Trail provides the best access to the area."

"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 Wilderness Trails Reviews

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10/31/2011
Not sure why this trail was listed as one of the 100 Classic Hikes in Arizona since the Mingus Rim Trail is right across the highway and is MUCH better than this trail. This trail in my opinion give some great views but does not compare to the Mingus Rim Trail.
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10/15/2011
The pros of this trail were the panoramic views as well as the low traffic. The cons are that there isnt much to see up close and the trail is exposed to the sun a little more than I thought, so be sure to go on a cool day. Also the directions to the trailhead were incorrect. I could not find the Potato Patch Campground sign, instead look for the Summit Picnic Area.
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9/25/2010
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.
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11/14/2009
This was a good hike, despite some leftovers from a recent prescribed burn, still very beautiful. Road to trailhead was well maintained. Best views are in first mile. Saw lots of deer and other tracks, was rather cold in November, got a few snowflakes. 3hrs 30minutes
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10/1/2008
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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7/14/2006
Easy access combined with breathtaking views. Watch out for the horse traffic and everything that goes with that. A perfect trail when you only have a few hours to spare.
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9/1/1998
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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Trail Information

Jerome
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,834 feet
Top Elevation
Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mundes Draw, Hickey Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018