Lynx Lake Observation Deck
Bigelow Peak (6731') is a part of the Bradshaw Mountains in the Prescott National Forest. Its prominence reveals itself about a 1/4 mile pas mile post 2 traveling south on Walker Road until out of site behind Smith Ravine. Its summit is just over 2 miles south southwest from Lynx Lake; 2.5 miles north of Spruce Mountain (7696') and 2 miles NNE of the summit of Bald Mountain (7298'). The peak is bounded by Sawmill Gulch (half mile +/-) to the west; Benjamin Gulch (1 mile) on the north; Walker Road on the east (1 to 1.5 miles); and Smith Ravine (1 mile +/-) to the south.
Its summit ridge is a 1/ 4 mile long and traverses from east to west. Its true summit is on its west end of its 3 peak prominence.
The official route posted for Bigelow incorporates pieces of trail and a routed ridgeline as demarcated from orange flag tape. At about 6400' you pick up a well groomed trail, stay on this trail for about 1/5th of a mile or at about 6600' in elevation. From here you want to bank left (southwest) and scramble to get onto the peaks ridgeline.
The mountain is predominately granite, covered with an old grove of sparsely populated juniper and pines, lots of Manzanita and thick Chaparral. Unlike its neighboring peaks which are covered with lots of Mountain berry or New Mexican Locust, Bigelow is covered with Gambel Oak and Chaparral thickets . There is a large granite outcropping west of center on its north flank. There is a large crack, almost like a chute.
This peak provides the absolute best views of Lynx Lake followed by Glassford Hill (6178'). Research into its name did not reveal any data on how its name came into being. Unlike much of the Walker area, this mountain did not have any mines on it.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.