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Woodchute Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Jerome, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.2 mi Elevation gain 1,085 ft Route type Out & Back

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Pilar Arias
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Experienced hiker who would rate this moderately hard. There's a climb and with summer temps I had to stop several times for water and snacks. There's also no clear ending. If you go right at the fork you'll go to a lookout where you see Cottonwood. If you go left you eventually reach a gate and that's where the AllTrails map ends. I like hikes with payoffs. There are good views along the way and I can see where it would be gorgeous during spring wildflower season but this isn't a trail I would repeat.

Jennie Wren
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Emily Povroznik
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail was muddy today, but it just rained yesterday! Loved this trail recommend completing fully you won’t be disappointed. There’s a climb before a beautiful forest walk, then a killer view of Sedona. Boots would be preferable for better support through rocky areas.

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Jeremy Roby
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This is an awesome trail! You can pretty much make it as long or short as you want. The trail is very easy to follow. There are some respectable inclines, but the views are beautiful. I went on Friday, 07/03/2020 and started around 7:30a. It was starting to get fairly busy as I was leaving. AllTrails has you park by the bathrooms, but you can actually drive another 3/4 of a mile or so to the trail head. I actually parked by the bathrooms and took the opportunity to scope out some good dispersed camping sites.

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Michael Minton
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HikingRocky

Great views. First two miles are kid friendly. That was all we had time to do, so the rest might be hard on kids because of the elevation change in a short time.

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Alyssa Marie
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

All trails has the location of the trailhead wrong. It’s further up the dirt road - there is parking at the trail head. The trail is well maintained but fairly flat most of the way. There are lots of nice views of both valleys. The trail itself is mostly exposed which we didn’t know. It’s poorly shaded most of the way. Keep this in mind because even 80 degree high elevation trails are hot when you are exposed ! The All Trails map also doesn’t really end at a specific vista. There is a small trail off to the right at the end that will take you to a small overlook. Otherwise, if you really want to complete this trail, it’s another 3+ miles.

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K E
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Hiking

Incredible! Only ones on the trail on a Thursday afternoon. Highly recommend

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Ed Morris
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HikingBugsRocky

Great trail! Definitely worth the drive up from Cottonwood. The smell of the ponderous pine and various indigenous wildflowers is breathtaking. The trail was a bit steep in parts and there’s lots of roots, stumps and rocks to trip you up if you’re caught gazing at the view while walking the trail. We went on June 22nd 2020 and it was only about 75 degrees up there, which is a little warm for a 16 mile hike so if you’re going this time of year, start out first thing in the morning so you’re finished by 11 or 12. We will definitely be back!

Ben Brown
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Amy Charlebois
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Hiking

Easy hike, with stunning views of Cottonwood and Prescott. Well defined trail, lots of trees and shade, a bit rocky and sandy in some places.

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mtcondie User
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Hiking

Great trail. Made a squirrel friend at the end of the trail.

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Nick Alfonse
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Erin Gregory
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with amazing vistas!

Timothy Conway
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May 20, 2020 – Living on the northwest fringe of Peoria/Phoenix, there’s no quick access to thickly forested mountain terrain. Grapevine Creek Trail, west of Mayer, AZ, is a 65-minute drive (see my extensive write-ups of that botanical area). Going further, Prescott’s lush forests are at least 100 minutes away, but closer than driving north 2hr 20min to the SF Peaks above Flagstaff or even driving the 2 hours NE to explore Tonto National Forest around Strawberry (people in Fountain Hills / Scottsdale have much quicker access to Tonto Forest). An additional favorite mountain-forest escape to beat the Valley heat, only 95 minutes away, is WOODCHUTE TRAIL. Driving up I-17, northwest on Hwy 69 past Dewey-Humboldt, north on Fain Rd., then NE from Prescott Valley up scenic Hwy 89A, toward Hickey, Woodchute and Mingus Mtns, presents thick forest, striking rock outcroppings, and great vistas. Past the unmarked trailhead at 6,000-ft elevation for Yeager Cyn Loop Trail on the right, you climb north up the twisting road overlooking Haywood Canyon to reach 7,100 feet and even cooler climate. Crowded Mingus Mtn sites are to your right, but for Woodchute follow well-marked signs by turning left, then another quick left and at the pit-toilet (on your left), turn RIGHT and SLOWLY drive up the sedan-passable dirt road 0.7 miles past Potato Patch C.G. to the trailhead parking area next to the big sign. Woodchute Trail is prized for its views, and doesn’t disappoint (see my uploaded HQ photos). At a scenic perch on lichen-covered rocks under a gnarled Alligator Juniper just 0.4 mile in, you gaze out over 89A far below, past Jerome and Clarkdale to Sedona’s red rocks and the SF Peaks beyond Flagstaff. Go another 0.15 mile, you’ll emerge onto an open saddle with expansive vistas east and also west past some knolls all the way across the cattle-altered grasslands to Granite Mtn (7,626’) and other peaks around Prescott. The trail, after hugging the ridge-line's west side, moves to the east side again, then descends to meet an entry sign for the lush Woodchute Wilderness around the 2.0 mile mark. Just past that you can explore the small, muddy Woodchute tank-pond and scenic meadow on your left, then get back onto trail #102. If you don’t turn around here and aren’t affected by the altitude, you trek up a somewhat arduous 430-ft rise over the next 0.7 mile of rocky path to the relatively flat plateau sitting east of Woodchute Mtn peak. After an easy walk 0.9 mile north on smooth trail through pleasant forest, at the rock-cairned FORK most of us hikers go RIGHT another 0.2 miles to a rocky perch nestled among the junipers overlooking Jerome, Clarkdale, Sedona, and the SF Peaks. Just before (or after) getting to this lovely vista point, walk straight north 50 meters to the edge of this high plateau for an even wider view to the north. Arrayed below you are the Black Hills and, farther out, the Sycamore Cyn and Sedona red-&-cream colored rock formations, the Colorado Plateau and prominent peaks of an ancient volcanic field (from left to right): Bill Williams Mtn (9,256 ft), Sitgreaves Mtn (9,388'), Kendrick Peak (10,423'), and the SF Peaks' tight cluster dominated by Humphreys Peak (12,635'). TREES: Woodchute features gorgeous big JUNIPERS (Alligator, Utah, One-Seed) along with lots of pinon and ponderosa PINE, Gambel OAK and other species. Countless baby Gambel oaks are growing, often in bush-like clusters, in the aftermath of a lightning-caused small fire in August 2009. WILDFLOWERS: a visual feast was already here in the 3rd week of May—yellow Ragwort, white Fleabane daisies, blue lupines, some pink New Mexican thistle, a few red Indian Paintbrush, delicate Rocky Mtn irises near the Woodchute tank-pond, and Dogwoods with ladybug-covered white-yellow flowers. Many pink buds of the New Mexico Locust trees were spotted—the fully-opened pink-white blossoms should appear within several weeks. Likewise for the banana yucca buds. Among the most striking wildflowers on this hike were the lanky CLIFFROSE shrubs (Purshia Mexicana), growing profusely at diverse sections of the trail, 4 to 10 feet tall, with their sweet-smelling, ample clusters of pretty white blossoms. Reaching the two vista points on the northernmost plateau edge, with the short excursion to the Woodchute tank (you could also explore nearby Rick Tank to the north), makes for about 7.4 MILES round-trip and 1,040 feet of accumulated elevation gain (AEG). Add another 200 feet of AEG and over 1.0 mile RT hiking if, coming back from the vista points, you want to ascend Woodchute Mtn summit (7,844’), the highest point in the Black Hills, which form the Verde Valley’s southern / western boundary.

David Le Beau Jr.
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You’ll see great views of the Verde Valley and Chino Valley on each side of the trail shortly after you begin trekking. You’ll descend down to the Woodchute Wilderness before beginning a 400 foot rocky ascent. From there it’s an easy walk through the forest until you reach a fork in the path. Take a right and you’ll reach the north rim of the mountain for sweeping views of the Verde Valley. The trail was completed out and back in 2 hr 32 min (including 30-40 min lunch/rest) for 7.3 miles. I’d rate it easy, but some may find the ascent challenging. The Wilderness was cool and the views were great along the way.

Kelly Podshadley
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Jim Garwood
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This should be called the Woodchute Trail #102 and the trail head is about a mile N on the dirt road that leads out of the parking lot with the toilet. You may pass campers along the way to the TH. This trail is decent as of 4/29/20. There are lots of rocks on the trail about ½ the time and there also is only about 40% shade. You also have to go up and down a lot. I drove up from Anthem, looking for a summertime hike site, but I would recommend picking a cloudy day. The views are Ok…this is not Sedona. Altitude shows 7,558 at the top where the scenic view area is.

A. T.
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Hiking

Went back today (post snow) to complete the whole trail. Amazing views . Definitely gets your heart pumping with the up and down . We packed a lunch and ate under a tree at the turnaround point. Recommend starting out early as we get warmer.

Michael Koski
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HikingMuddy

Great views of both the Prescott and Verde Valleys!

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Corinne Fortin
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HikingMuddy

I did this hike today. I couldn’t get to the start point using google maps from the app since the road was closed, but I took the road to the left and followed a dirt road a ways up to the 102 Trailhead. The last mile on the hike out I ended up on the dotted line path not the red path on the map (It didn’t really look like another trail in the correct direction). It was only marked in a few places but easy to follow. It was very muddy though with a few small water crossings. It was a total of 6.8miles by my watch. There were very pretty views and I didn’t see anyone else on the trail until the last mile when a family was sitting on the side having a snack.

Ronald Thornton
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