Lane Mountain Trail #233

Lane Mountain Trail #233 travels through one of the most rugged portions of the southern Bradshaw Mountains and covers almost 3,000 vertical feet. The trail begins in pine forest, passing through tall trees until it reaches Lion Spring. Lion Spring is aptly named, as mountain lion tracks can often be found around the edges of this fairly dependable watering hole. Past the spring, this trail continues to lose elevation and stays mainly in chaparral.

The trail passes the Lane Mine, one of the first silver mines established in the Bradshaw Mountains. The ore from this mine was so rich that it was packed on burros to Wickenburg, put on wagons and transported to Yuma, and then sent by steamship to France where the ore was refined.

While motorized vehicles less than 50” wide are permitted, trail conditions may prevent motorized travel. There may be water at Lion Spring, but it has not been tested for quality.


Printable Trail Description and Map (675 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)

Horsethief Basin Brocure (12.8 MB PDF)

At a Glance

Fees: No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Approximately 2 hours from Prescott, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


The best route from Prescott is by way of Mayer, especially in winter. From the Hwy 69/89 intersection, travel 15 miles on Hwy 69S to Hwy 169N. Continue on Hwy 69S 11.3 miles to Main Street, on the right. Turn onto Main Street and proceed to the junction with Antelope Creek Road (also CO 74). Turn left onto Antelope Creek Road and go approximately 7.2 miles to the community of Cordes. Continue straight as the road becomes FR 259. Continue on FR 259 for 20.4 miles, through Cleator, to Crown King. Travel another 0.6 miles to the junction with FR 52. Keep left and take FR 52 for 3.2 miles to the junction with FR 100. Turn right onto FR 100 and travel 0.9 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road. Road conditions are dirt after leaving Hwy 69. High clearance necessary on FR 100.

General Notes:
  • Maps:
    • USGS Map:7.5’ quad for Crown King
    • Prescott National Forest Map, west half
  • Average hiking time: 4-5 hours, one way


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


  • Because of its difficulty and length this trail is best suited for backpacking.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

  • A long ride through the rugged country of the southern Bradshaw Mountains.
Difficulty Level: Difficult

OHV Trail Riding

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.7 miles

  Elevation : 
6,994 feet