Salida Gulch Trail #95
Salida Gulch Trail #95 is a pretty hike through an intermittent steam area. It begins off of 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.
Although this trail is nearby to the cities of Prescott and Prescott Valley, it provides users with ample opportunities to find stillness and solitude.
This trail is open to hikers, horseback riders, and mountain bicyclists. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail. Refrain from using horses and bikes when the trail is wet. There is no drinking water at the trailhead or on the trail. Although there may be water in Lynx Creek, it has not been tested for quality.
- Trail #95 Salida Gulch Trail Description and Map (1,173 KB; Black and White; 8.5” X 11”)
- Lynx Lake Recreation Area Brochure (1,020 KB; Color; 8.5” X 17”)
At a Glance
|Open Season:||Spring - Fall|
|Closest Towns:||Approximately 15 minutes from Prescott, AZ|
|Water:||Not available. Surface water should be treated.|
From downtown Prescott, travel east on Hwy 69 to Walker Road. Turn right 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.
- Connecting trails: Johns Tank Trail #94, Salida Connection Trail #9263
- USGS Map: 7.5’ quads for Prescott and Prescott Valley South
- Prescott National Forest Map, west half
- Average hiking time: 2 hours, round trip
- A great loop with enough elevation change to break a sweat.
- A popular loop that explores Lynx Creek and the surrounding hillsides.
- A lovely loop through lush creek-side vegetation and chaparral covered hillsides.
Alerts & Warnings
- Crooks Fire Closure Order Effective May 18, 2022
- STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS NOW IN EFFECT; RESTRICCIONES DE FUEGOS ETAPA 1
- Fossil Creek & Forest Road 708 Closed until 12/31/22 for public health and saf
- Target Type restrictions implemented across the Prescott NF
- Temporary Camping Restrictions along Highway 260 and Salt Mine Road Corridor
- Drones Use on Forest Service Lands