HIKE – Salida Gulch (PRESCOTT)


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:


slide show:



See photos from another group's hiking trip here:




Distance:     4.2 miles 

Time:            3 hrs?

Difficulty:    moderate?

Trail:             forest

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).


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.



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:



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  • Nina D

    I am so sorry, I couldn't attend the hike in the morning, wasn't a good night for me, and I couldn't wake up in the morning!

    June 9, 2013

  • Jack S.

    I am taking Frankie and Johnny.

    June 8, 2013

    • Jodi

      That makes me smile :)

      June 8, 2013

  • Jodi

    Is this a dog friendly hike? Are other dogs going? To my carpoolers....Brian and/or Jack.....would you be OK with Ace joining us?

    June 8, 2013

    • Tammy

      I am leaving mine home due to the heat.

      June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone been to the Lynx Lake restaurant before? It's really nearby:


    1 · June 5, 2013

    • Mike

      I will get a restaurant.com coupon. Someone else can also, but if we use more than one coupon, we may have to split tables.

      June 6, 2013

    • Al T.

      I'm trying to get one but it doesn't respond

      June 6, 2013

  • Jodi

    I'd love to carpool. Anyone?

    June 5, 2013

    • Jack S.

      7:15 sounds about right. There's a bagel shop on the west side I might be at if not near the front.

      June 5, 2013

    • Jodi

      See y'all at 7:15!

      June 5, 2013

  • Mike

    Think we can make this, will confirm.

    May 29, 2013

  • william p.

    with regrets, nope. can't make it

    May 29, 2013

  • william p.

    it looks beautiful. I'm so sorry I can't make it. nobody to be a house sitter for 2 houses owned by the family trust. not "quite" McMansions, no :)
    still, only me to watch over the 2 dumps and my late mom's 14 kittys and 2 silly dogs. I hate it. I'm missing some cool stuff here! not to mention the people. one of these days. don't give up on me! and have a great time y'all.

    May 29, 2013

  • Jim

    Our Brothers and Sisters from the Prescott Freethinkers will be joining us:


    May 29, 2013

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