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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
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 241
Routes 830
Photos 11,690
Trips 4,553 map ( 22,951 miles )
Age 50 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:28am - 7:43pm
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by joebartels

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 list the trail as 0.5 miles. I lean towards believing it's more near the half-mile figure myself. Though I listed the trail with the 0.75 figure as that's what's posted at the trailhead.

The trail takes off from the left of the parking pay station. Trail maintenance is awesome. To be honest there isn't much else good to say on this short journey. Vegetation seemed thin and the trail is mostly exposed. Interpretive signs along the trail have been scratched by vandals. 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, it's obvious this mini-hike doesn't rank high on my list. I just prefer other surrounding trails better, it's really 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 to the left 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.

    Permit $$

    Prescott Forest
    Prescott National Forest Pass

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

    Map Drive
    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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