Prospectors Trail #42
From its beginning at the top of Salida Connection Trail #9263, Prospectors Trail #42 meanders across rolling hillsides of chaparral and pinyon-juniper woodland. The trail crosses a number of rocky drainages where cool air and intermittent springs support lush green islands of Gambel oak and native grasses. The most impressive of these is below Salida Spring, at Bull Tank, where this trail enters the heart of a beautiful valley shaded on all sides by mature ponderosa pines. The trail ends just above this valley at the junction with Salida Trail #93. Travelers can return to Trail #9263 by following the northwest leg of Trail #93 for approximately 2 miles.
This is a multiple-use trail. Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail.
Printable Trail Description and Map (699 KB PDF; 8.5” X 11”)
At a Glance
|Open Season:||Spring - Fall|
|Closest Towns:||Approximately 15 minutes from Prescott, AZ to Trail #9263|
|Water:||Not available. Surface water should be treated.|
Prospectors Trail #42 is an internal trail, accessed by way of Trail #9263. 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. Travel on Trail #9263 for 2.7 miles to Trail #42. Road conditions are paved, then graded dirt and is suitable for all vehicles.
- Connecting trails: Red Mountain Trail #43, Salida Trail #93, Salida Connection Trail #9263
- USGS Map: 7.5’ quad for Prescott Valley South
- Prescott National Forest Map, west half
- Average hiking time: 1 hour, one way
- Although this trail covers generally moderate terrain, a few steep climbs and areas of loose rock add a significant degree of challenge. This trail is open to OHVs—please be alert.
- This trail leads hikers through a number of attractive drainages lined with Gambel oak and native grasses. This trail is open to OHVs—please be alert.
- This trail leads riders through a number of attractive drainages lined with Gambel oak and native grasses. This trail is open to OHVs—please be alert.
Alerts & Warnings
- STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT; RESTRICCIONES DE FUEGOS ETAPA 2 EN EFECTO
- 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