Lynx Recreation Trail #311


This popular hiking trail, located in the Lynx Lake Recreation Area, travels around Lynx Lake. The man-made, 55-acre lake attracts a diversity of wildlife. The birdwatching here is particularly excellent. Winter brings bald eagles that sometimes nest in the area and there may be osprey in summer. A range of songbirds and waterfowl, present year-round, stir the air with their varied calls. The western half of the trail is paved and wheelchair accessible. The eastern half is a narrow dirt footpath. Ponderosa pines and other trees provide dappled shade along most of the route. This trail begins and ends at the Southshore parking area.

This trail is open to hikers only. The paved portion of the trail on the West side of the lake is wheelchair accessible. Trailhead amenities include restrooms and picnic tables.


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At a Glance

  • $5 for day use (Wednesdays are free)
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Approximately 20 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Available at Trailhead. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


Travel east on Hwy 69 to Walker Road. Turn right and travel 2.6 miles to Southshore Road (FR 623). Turn left onto Southshore Road and go 0.3 miles to the trailhead on the left. Continue to the Southshore parking lot. Parking is good. Road conditions are paved.

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Johns Tank Trail #94,  #401, #402, #403, #404, #405, #406
  • Maps:
    • USGS Maps: 7.5’ quad for Prescott
    • Prescott National Forest Map, west half
  • Average hiking time: 45 minutes, one way



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  Area/Length : 
2.3 miles

  Elevation : 
5,569 feet


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