Rick Tank Cutoff Trail #104 traverses the southern portion of the Woodchute Wilderness, which lies to the north of Mingus Mountain near Jerome. From its junction with Woodchute Trail #102, Trail #104 crosses the open meadow that surrounds Woodchute Tank. Just past the tank, the trail begins downhill through mature chaparral, eventually emerging onto an exposed slope scattered with alligator junipers. At the right time of year cliffrose blossoms sweeten the air. Woodchute Mountain and the surrounding area are a hot spot for wildlife. Look for bear tracks in the mud around Woodchute Tank. Deer sightings are not uncommon. The lower end of this trail meets up with Martin Canyon Trail #103. Take this trail south to FR 106, a dirt road that connects back to the trailhead serving Trail #102.
This trail lies within the Woodchute Wilderness. Motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage—please, leave no trace.
At a Glance
||Approximately 30 minutes from Chino Valley, AZ
||Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Rick Tank Cutoff Trail #104 can be accessed by way of Woodchute Trail #102. To access Trail #102 from the junction of Hwy 89/89A in Chino Valley, travel 18.3 miles on Hwy 89A to the Mingus Summit. Turn left onto Forest Road 106 and go 0.2 miles to FR 106D. Turn left and go 0.7 miles to the trailhead on the right. Parking is good. Road conditions are suitable for most vehicles in fair weather.
Connecting trails: #102, Martin Canyon Trail #103
USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Hickey Mountain
Prescott National Forest Map, east half
Average hiking time: 1 hour, one way