|when||Trip Report : April 21, 2018|
|Trip Report : November 5, 2016|
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
|EC||+-1160' elevation change|
|elevations||5350' at Salida #95 Trailhead, 5,780' (ridge)|
|type||Double loop with connector trail in between.|
|rating||"C+" Rate yourself as a hiker.|
|cost||Sharing gas expenses with the driver. The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.|
|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.|
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|updated April 22, 2018||© Copyright 2018, Arizona Trailblazers. All rights reserved.|