Looking for an under-the-radar alternative to Sedona’s West Fork of Oak Creek and Flagstaff’s Inner Basin for fall color hiking? Try a few of the trails that explore the lofty summits of Mingus and Woodchute Mountain. The mountain top recreation destinations that hover over the arty community of Jerome are popular year-round for hiking, camping and day-trip picnicking. Located between Prescott and Jerome the airy trails wander through woodlands and meadows with fantastic viewpoints at precipitous edges. In autumn, forests of Gamble oaks and Big-tooth maples that drench the slopes in warm shades of crimson and gold adding spectacular color to an already amazing set of trails. Here are three to try.
|View of Prescott Valley from Woodchute Mountain|
|Epic vistas on Woodchute Mountain|
|See-forever views on the View Point Trail|
|Gambel oaks frame color views on the View Point Trail|
|Summit of Mingus Mountain--N. Mingus Trail|
|A stony passage on N. Mingus Trail|