Woodchute Trail #102

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

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 elevation difference between the summit and the north trailhead, however, is over 2,000 feet. There are some steep switchbacks on this side.

This trail is 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.


Mingus Mountain Brochure (1.86 MB) NOTE- Brochure Correction: Mingus Mountain Campground and Picnic Site do not have electricity available at this time.

Printable Trail Description and Map (666 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

Woodchute Trail described in Arizona Highways!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Thinning operations in the area began 3/29/21 and are expected to last until the end of May 2021.
Fees No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Approximately 30 minutes from Chino Valley, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


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.

To access the north trailhead from Hwy 89, travel east on Perkinsville Road (also County Road 70) 6.4 miles to its junction with FR 318A. Turn right onto FR 318A and continue 11.6 miles to the trailhead, on the right.

Road conditions are suitable for most vehicles in fair weather.

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: #104
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Munds Draw and Hickey Mountain
    • Prescott National Forest Map, east half
  • Average hiking time: 4-5 hours, one way



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Day Hiking

  • This trail is the primary route through the Woodchute Wilderness. There are spectacular views from the top of Woodchute Mountain.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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  Area/Length : 
6.9 miles

  Elevation : 
7,658 feet


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