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Lynx Ruin Trail #301, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,540 feet
Elevation Gain 120 feet
Accumulated Gain 120 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 - 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.7
Interest Ruins
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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13  2020-05-16
Homestead - Lynx - Sevenmile
14  2015-01-19
Lynx Recreation Trail #311 - Lake Loop
12  2014-10-27 kingsnake
29  2014-10-27
Homestead Trail #305
6  2008-08-12 oraibi52
5  2005-04-17 Dano
9  2004-02-12 Abe
3  2000-06-14 joebartels
Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 245
Routes 837
Photos 12,327
Trips 4,977 map ( 25,411 miles )
Age 51 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → Any
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:44am - 5:42pm
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by joebartels

Likely In-Season!
Oh boy. It's been a while since I've visited this area. Welcome to Prescott Arizona, where ma and pa chaw drive around with rover on the flatbed.

The trail is listed as 0.75 miles at the trailhead and in several books. Lynx Lake Recreation guide lists the trail as 0.5 miles. I lean towards believing it's more near the half-mile figure myself. However, I listed the trail with the 0.75 figure as that's what's posted at the trailhead.
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The trail takes off from the left of the parking pay station. Trail maintenance is incredible. There isn't much else good to say on this short journey. The vegetation seemed thin, and the trail is mostly exposed. Vandals have scratched interpretive signs along the trail. Six strong, forest service issue benches line the trail, which seemed overdone.

With little effort, you rise over the surrounding forest. You know it's over when you reach the deck. A deck floats over the ruin site. At this point, the ruins are just rocks scattered over the knoll. 600-700 years ago, it was possibly a fifteen room house. Return the way you came. lynxmap-2.gif

Okay, this mini-hike doesn't rank high on my list. I prefer other surrounding trails better, but it's not that bad. In fact, a family with children or older folks might find this trail more suited to their needs.

A good alternative to spice up this trek: Start at the Lynx Lake Loop(also listed on HAZ) trailhead. Walk back towards the Lynx Lake Marina Store. Look for trail 305 on your right. As seen in the map, Trail 305 connects to the Ruin Trail. This segment is 0.7 miles one way, which would make for a 2.9 mile out and back to the ruin site. The forest is more intense along this stretch with tall pines.

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2000-06-14 joebartels
    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.

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    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take I-17 north to Cortes Junction. Take SR 69 west towards Prescott. Pass through Prescott Valley and hang a left on Walker Road. Follow Walker Road 1.3 miles to the Lynx Ruin Trail turnoff to your left.
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