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Woodchute - Martin Canyon LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.40 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   6 Hrs   14 Mns   2.74 mph
2,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Since I had never been to Woodchute Mountain, I decided to go out and do this inverted lollipop loop hike.

It turned out to be a very nice hike -- the weather was cool, and there was even a patch of snow on the ground here and there.

Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, began the hike on Forest Road 106D, which morphed into Forest Road 106E. It was easy hiking on these roads, although they were a bit muddy, and my shoes kept getting clogged up with the mud. I really enjoyed Martin Canyon Trail #103 -- we were hiking underneath a canopy of trees, and I imagine that it would be nice in the fall. The Rick Tank Cutoff Trail #104 was a pretty tough climb, going up 1,000' in 1.25 miles up to the junction with Woodchute Trail #102. From there we climbed about 400' up to the top of Woodchute Mountain.

Once on top of the mountain, we went to the north overlook which had some really nice views of Humphreys Peak. Humphreys had several inches of snow the day before, so it was nice to look at it. On the way back, we made the mistake of taking Trail #102 down the mountain to the NW. I was following a GPS track that went this way for a while, and then looped back on a bushwhack back to the mountain. I didn't do the bushwhack, as it much easier to just take the trail back. So I will not make that mistake again. I also did not take the offtrail sidetrip off of Trail #102 to the west to get to the Woodchute Summit -- I will do that next time.

Trail #102 back to the TH was a nice little hike, and there were some nice views of Cottonwood and Sedona from a couple of saddles on the way back.

I stopped once on the Forest Road, and while standing there I watched 11 deer go by. On the Martin Canyon Trail #103 I was walking along looking at the canopy of trees and stopped to take some pictures; I looked down and there was a small dead fox about 6" from my right foot. I only jumped about 3 feet high!...lol

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