Woodchute Trail #102

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Arizona, United States, North America
Route Type:
trail, some cross country
Time Required:
Half a day

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Created On: Apr 25, 2005
Last Edited On: Apr 25, 2005


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Route Description

From the parking areas simply follow the signs to the Woodchute Trail #102. It's very well marked and easy to find. It's about 2.5 miles from the second lot to the top plateau. The trail generally runs level and even drops a bit for the first mile and a half. It stays high on the ridges and periodically runs astride the east or west facing slopes. Flora is a mix of ponderosa and juniper as well as grasses and scrubby desert plants. Views are beautiful. Finally, the trail drops into a drainage then ascends about 700 feet on a consistent but easy grade to top out onto the broad summit region. Most hikers will stay the course and in about another half-mile come out to an open area with overlooks.

For those seeking the summit, leave the trail at some point and trend left (west) through the tree cover. It's about 1/3 mile to the top with about 100 feet of gain. You'll have to pay attention to your bearings. The top itself is pretty indistinct - I used a GPS to ensure I was in the highest contour. A register is found in a cairn (which is to me NOT at the highest point, but the people who placed the cairn also say the summit is 'around here somewhere'). Views are decent, but it's a bit wooded.

Much of the last half of the trail and the cross country bit features rubbly rounded rock which can be exasperating. I wore running shoes but in retrospect would suggest regular books to help against turning ankles.

Essential Gear

Long pants and good shoes. A trekking pole perhaps. This is snake and bear country. Be aware of snakes as you go through the grasses to the top.

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Woodchute Trail #102

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