Heavenly Hikers 2019
Phoenix temperatures may not have you thinking of hiking yet, but the beauty
of hiking in Arizona is that we have the high country so we will start out there
and it is time to plan.
- October 19 (Saturday) – Woodchute Mountain ( trail #102) – Prescott National Forest – This is an in/out, up/down trail that starts on the east side of Woodchute Mountain. We will go to the scenic overlook at the top which makes it about a 7.5 mile hike total with about 800 feet of elevation gain. The last 300 feet are somewhat steep and at that altitude we will be puffing a little, but this is very doable. This hike provides expansive, amazing views of much of central Arizona from several viewpoints along the way. You don’t have to make the top to enjoy this hike. We will meet at the church parking lot at 7:00 AM. We will need drivers. By taking Fain Rd, we can avoid the vast majority of Prescott Valley traffic and get there early while it is still cool. I plan to bring lunch and eat on the mountain. There is nowhere to eat on Fain Rd. and I don’t want to deal with Saturday Prescott Valley / Prescott traffic to find a lunch place. Bring lots of water and lunch. I got a few scratches wearing shorts, so consider long pants. If you like views from altitude, you will love this! There is a restroom at the trailhead. If you look this trail up, you may see this described as a much harder hike, don’t be misled by that. The trail goes up and over the mountain and far down the other side. If you did the whole trail in and out it would climb the mountain from both sides and be quite difficult. We will not do that.
Keep the following dates open for the next hikes: November 16th and December 7th.
We will plan some local midweek hikes again when the heat lets us.
As always, if you have suggestions for me, please pass them on. I appreciate the recommendations made so far and am looking at getting them on the schedule.
Contact Dan Nelson with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org