Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Salida Gulch Loop Day Hike
when Trip Report : April 21, 2018
  Trip Report : November 5, 2016
where? Prescott
the hike     The website describes the Salida Gulch Loop Trail as “a pretty hike through an intermittent steam area. It begins off Salida Connection Trail #9263 and loops back to its beginning. In just over 4 miles, this trail showcases everything from prickly pear cactus to ponderosa pine, and from lush riparian willows and walnuts to grey-green hillsides of chaparral. There are wonderful sweeping views of the Bradshaw Mountains as the trail leaves the creek bed and gains elevation.”
    Near the bottom of the Salida Gulch Loop we’ll come to the junction with the Lynx Lake Connector Trail #94 and hike that for 1.5 miles to Lynx Lake. Here we connect with the Lynx Lake Perimeter Trail, a very scenic two-mile path that goes all the way around the lake. At the south end of the lake we’ll break for lunch at the provided Lynx Lake Ramada, where restrooms are located nearby.
    After lunch we’ll complete the loop around the lake and link back up with Trail #94 and hike that back to the Salida Gulch Loop. We then hike the east side of the loop back to the trailhead, making one last stop at some interesting petroglyphs less than a half mile from the trailhead.
    Please note that the Lynx Lake Connector Trail #94, also known as the John’s Tank Trail, is closed to all public access from December 1 thru June 1 every year for the protection of nesting bald eagles in the area. Since it’s too hot to hike this trail during the summer months, restrict all future hikes to the fall season before December 1.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 9 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-1160' elevation change
elevations 5350' at Salida #95 Trailhead, 5,780' (ridge)
type Double loop with connector trail in between.
starting at
Salida Gulch Trailhead 34° 32.124' N,  112° 22.966'' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100%
rating "C+"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Prescott
meet 7:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.
•  Take I-17 north to AZ 69 at exit 262 (Cordes Junction).
Take Highway 69 northwest to Walker Road.
Turn left on Walker Road and drive 1.2 miles to the sign for Lynx Creek Ruin.
Turn left onto this road, which becomes Lynx Creek Road (FR 9401).
Travel 0.8 miles past the Day Use area, bearing right down the hill and continuing to the end of the road. There is a large improved lot with ample parking for both single vehicles and horse trailers. There are no restrooms at the trailhead.
The road is paved then graded dirt, suitable for all vehicles.
To reach Trail #95, take Trail #9263 across Lynx Creek and just past the gate. Trail #95, the Salida Gulch Loop Trail, begins on the right.

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