Homestead Trail #305


Homestead Trail #305 travels north through ponderosa pine and oak forest, and connects several sites within the Lynx Lake Recreation Area. Among these sites are Hilltop Campground and Lynx Campground, the Highlands Center for Natural History, and Lynx Ruin Trail #301. From the trailhead, this trail climbs for a short distance, offering sweeping vistas of the pine-covered Bradshaw Mountains before dropping down to follow Smith Ravine. The trail crosses a number of intermittent streams where wild rose and columbine flowers grow beside the creek bed. Many of the rock types exposed along the trail are metamorphic varieties similar to what one finds in the lower reaches of the Grand Canyon. This trail ends at the trailhead for Ranch Trail #62.

This trail is open to hikers and mountain bikers. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Please refrain from using bikes when the trail is wet.

This trail is located in the Lynx Lake Recreation Area.


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At a Glance

Fees No
Open Season: Spring - Fall
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Approximately 25 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Lynx Ruins Trail #301, Highlands Trail #442, #443
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Groom Creek, Prescott, and Poland Junction
    • Prescott National Forest Map, west half
  • Average hiking time: 4 hours, one way


To reach the southern trailhead, travel east on Hwy 69 to Walker Road. Turn right and continue 5.1 miles to Bannie Mine Road (also FR 30) and turn left. The trailhead is approximately 30 yards down the road, on the left. Parking is fair.

To reach the northern trailhead, travel east on Hwy 69 to Walker Road. Turn right and travel 0.6 miles to the trailhead serving Trail #305 and Trail #62, on the right. Parking is good.

Road conditions are suitable for all vehicles.



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Mountain Biking

  • An attractive ride through ponderosa pine forest that connects several sites within the Lynx Lake Recreation Area.
Difficulty Level: Moderate


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  Area/Length : 
7.0 miles

  Elevation : 
6,065 feet


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