Woodchute Wilderness Trails

Jerome, Arizona

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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.

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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jerome
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,834 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mundes Draw, Hickey Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Woodchute Wilderness Trails

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May 2018