Yeager Canyon and Woodchute Trails Hike

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 06:30
Don - 480-209-7963,
B+ LENGTH: Yeager 6.5 mi and Woodchute 7.5 mi (total of 14 mi) ELEV GAIN: ~2,000 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 6:30 am (depart 6:45) at the Park and Ride, SW corner of I-17 and Bell Rd. We’ll carpool to the trailhead.

The Yeager Canyon Loop is comprised of three short trails, Yeager Canyon, Little Yeager and Yeager Cabin that returns us to the trailhead. The Yeager Canyon trail has a nice climb to elevation 7,000 ft, connecting to the Little Yeager, then returning on the Yeager Cabin Trail to the trailhead.

We’ll next drive 4 miles to the Woodchute Trail. This has a steady, easy climb to the Woodchute summit. There are great views of the entire Verde Valley from the top. The wilderness got its name because miners cut the pines to use as shoring timbers for Jerome’s copper mining operation. They sent the pines down the north side of the mountain via a woodchute. The second-growth forest makes this still a beautiful hike.

Bring lunch, snacks, sunscreen and at least 3 liters of water and electrolytes. Wear a hat and hiking boots. Cost to non-members is $5.