This hike has beautiful views of the Prescott Valley and Verde Valley as we are walking along the ridge. This is one of my favorite hikes within a two hour drive of Corte Bella. If you can make this one, I think you will be glad you did.
From the USDA description: Woodchute Trail #102 was established along what was once a bulldozer track on the south side of Woodchute Mountain. The bulldozer was used to create several cattle watering tanks. The ponderosa pines along the trail are all second growth. The original forest was cut down when the copper mines at Jerome were in operation and loggers came to this mountain to harvest shoring timbers for the mines. They transported the logs by way of a chute extending down the north side of the mountain to loading platforms for the narrow gauge railroad that served Jerome. It is from this chute that the mountain and trail take their name. The narrow gauge railroad is now Forest Road 318, which marks the end of the Woodchute Trail #102.
There are splendid views in all directions from the top of Woodchute Mountain. From the south trailhead, it is a fairly easy 2.3 mile climb, with an elevation gain of only 600 feet.
The hike begins through ponderosa pine woodland where we will also see alligator junipers. At 3.7 miles we reach the north rim of Woodchute Mountain where we will have a panoramic view of the headwaters of the Verde River, the western Mogollon Rim, and the Sycamore Canyon wilderness.
This trail is within the Woodchute Wilderness. An important resource and national heritage—please, leave no trace.
A 7.4 mile hike in and out.