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. All in just over 4 miles.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours
For more information go here:
and here is a map:
here is a better one
Here are photos from our trip here 10/7/12:
See photos from another group's hiking trip here:
Distance: 4.2 miles
Time: 3 hrs?
Trailhead Elevation: 5350 ft.
Elevation gain: 450 ft.
Parking: dirt lot w/ no facilities
Tailhead GPS: 34° 32’ 07” N, 112° 22’ 56” W
Entry fees: no
Dogs: OK on leash
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
Have light rain gear available (we may hike in light drizzle).
(Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are common at high altitudes July – September.)
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions..... Hike at your own risk.
To get there: From Phoenix travel north on I-17 to exit 262 and take Hwy 69 30 miles west to Walker Road. Turn left and go 1.2 miles to the sign for Lynx Creek Ruin. Turn left onto Lynx Creek Road (FR 9401) just after the sign. 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. Road conditions are paved, then graded dirt and suitable for all vehicles.
To reach Trail #95, take Trail #9263 across Lynx Creek and just past the gate. Trail #95 begins on the right.
Google says this trail head is about 1 hr. 30 min. from the intersection of the 101 and I-17. It's about 80 miles... 160 round trip ... so perhaps using about $30 gas (attn. carpoolers).
CAUTION… re DRIVING DIRECTIONS.
1. GPS devices often give incorrect information regarding trail head locations and particular routes to them. I recommend following the directions I post on the announcement. I research the directions thoroughly and try hard to be sure they are correct and understandable.. BE SURE YOU ARRIVE VIA WALKER RD.
2. I have learned that in the email that you receive telling you that you are “confirmed for” the event, there is a link to “Directions” found underneath the event location… which often gives incorrect information. I don’t know why nor how to fix or control it. I do try hard to be sure that the (map) link on the announcement page is correct.
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS:
Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page. …
Following the hike: We’ll reconvene for rehydration and lunch .. . or perhaps picnic at Lynx Lake (very nearby) and take a walk around the lake after. Photos of our previous visit to Lynx Lake can be viewed here as part of our Granite Lake hike weekend last year: