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Woodchute - Martin Canyon LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2014
Stoic
Hiking11.57 Miles 3,220 AEG
Hiking11.57 Miles   5 Hrs   17 Mns   2.42 mph
3,220 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I found out some friends where going camping in the Woodchute Wilderness area. I researched some hikes in the area and came up with the Woodchute-Martin Canyon Loop. I also wanted to grap Woodchute Peak and Ranger Ranger Peak. Both these peaks are off trail. I started the hike at the camping spot, and ran the route in reverse to the website GPS route. If i was going to do this loop again, I would still run the route in reverse, but I would park at the Coyote Trail #101 TH or the Woodchute TH. 4x4 and high clearance might be needed if you drive past the Woodchute TH. The road was rutted out badly and muddy when I was there. The first two miles of my trip started by walking down a 4x4 road. You hike down to the Rick Tank Cutoff trail #104. There wasnt much to see here. You do loose 700ft in elevation. Nothing to worry about, because you gain 1600ft in the next 3 miles. The Rick Tank Trail is overgrown, but easy to follow. As you hike out of Martin Canyon, you do get some good views of area North of Prescott Valley. 3.75 miles into my hike, I passed the 2 WoodChute water tanks and joined up with the Woodchute Trail. I followed that trail 3/4 of a mile. I then off trail hiked to the highest point of Woodchute Mountain. Nothing to exciting here, to many trees to get any kind of panoramic views. There where some patches of snow up on the top. I hiked back down toward Ranger Ranger. At the 6.5 mile mark, i went off trail to the highest point on Ranger Ranger. It was 1/2 mile hike up with a 300ft gain. A lot of cat claws, and their related cousins in this area. The views on top of Ranger Ranger where fantastic. Worth the climb up. The next 1.5 miles had great panoramic views on both sides. The last leg of the trail, was hiking back the road I drove in on.
Great trip.
Route Manager put my trip at 4100ft AEG. The trip did kick my butt in some areas, but I dont think it was that high of a gain. My Phone has it at 3200ft.
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