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Salida Connection Trail #9263 - 5 members in 8 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 10 2022
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66 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Salida Gulch Stuff, AZ 
Salida Gulch Stuff, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2022
The_EagleTriplogs 1,939
Hiking16.85 Miles 2,950 AEG
Hiking16.85 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.32 mph
2,950 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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Joe put together this collection of trails that I'd never been on.

We started at 62 degrees and sprinkles. Needless to say, the humidity was up.

We started and finished on two different sides on the Salidas Gulch Trail. This trail is by far in the best condition of all the trails we were on all day.

Next off to the Salida Connection Trail 9263 to hook up with The Salida Trail #93. Both of these trails are multi-use and steeply rollercoaster on mainly ankle busters. There are some nice views, but the ankle busters wear on you.

Past Beardown Peak, the views open up to the North and East. We turned around at FR 9419 and took a break for lunch at a boulder outcrop.

On the return trip, we took a couple of different tracks which were much more enjoyable.

It was great to be back on #95. Smooth trail, gentle grades, cool breeze, puffy clouds, babbling brook, chirping birds, quiet Joe.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bull Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Quail Tank 26-50% full 26-50% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Salida Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout
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Sep 10 2022
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Salida Trails, AZ 
Salida Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2022
joebartelsTriplogs 5,289
Hiking16.20 Miles 3,016 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.29 mph
3,016 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
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Salida Gulch Trail #95
We tackled this counterclockwise. It started in a better ponderosa pine Forest than I expected. After a half mile, it drops off to what I expected, more pinion and scrub. It gets a new life passing the highpoint of the trail and soon after John's Tank.

Old #93 Stub
We used a use-trail that I found on satellite to jump up to #9263. It is the old alignment of #93 before they split off the bottom as #95.

Salida Connection Trail #9263
Motorbikes, E-Bikes, and sissy crawlers are allowed on the upper portion of 9263. Which typically translates to horrid tread but it's not as bad as #93. They put in zipper switchbacks at what appears to have been a former bad area. Based on satellite, the motor crowd can still get their kicks on the old rock slide, so this is a rare case of a multi-use trail working for both worlds.

Salida Trail #93
I liked portions of this trail. Most will give it a one-of-five based on the ankle-buster tread. It's nowhere near as bad as Tompkins Trail #513 but I realize hardcore explorers need stroller smooth surfaces.

Prospectors Trail #42
I created today's hike as an out-and-back on #93 so I could get good details for a guide page. As expected, Bruce tried twice to switch it up. This cuts off the worst of #93. There is a nice pocket in that roller coaster of ankle-busters.

That said, he was a good sport doing this hike instead of nicer nearby hikes. Going up bad tread is easier than descending so he didn't have to twist my arm again to cut out the ankle-busters. It was interesting hearing him trying to sell the deal: Waterfalls, palm trees, cheerleaders, and half the distance.

#93 [ youtube video ] & #95 [ youtube video ]
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May 12 2022
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Salida Gulch Trail #95Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2022
tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking4.41 Miles 507 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.30 mph
507 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Greg had suggested this hike last week but I couldn't make it so we put it together for today.

It was a chilly start and I actually wore my vest the whole hike.  It was really quite pleasant the entire way.  No water in the gulch with only dabs of flora.  Greg, of course, knew where the glyphs were so called me back to see them; a very nice panel.

The trail is in really wonderful shape and by going clockwise, the hike up is very nice and gradual. I think the views are better this way as well.  There were several lizards but they were fast so I wasn't able to get any good pictures.  However, we did get to relish several shots of a Swallowtail as it just sat in a bush.  There are eight gates; a couple had the same open/close mechanism I had not seen before but I really thot they were pretty cool mechanisms.  We saw about ten people along the way, all going the opposite direction.

WATCH: 4.41 miles (low point 5313, high 5781) 116 bpm/143 max (7% Zone 3, 59% Zone 2, 33% Zone 1) burning 676 calories. Temp 59, clear and 13% humidity finishing at 11:02AM
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May 12 2022
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67 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Salida Gulch Trail #95Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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LosDosSloFolksTriplogs 368
Hiking4.50 Miles 636 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.23 mph
636 ft AEG      4 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Angela invited me to hike in Sedona a couple of weeks ago, so today I repaid the favor and took her up to Prescott for a couple of hikes to get out of the VOS. This was hike #1, Salida Gulch Trail #95. She had never hiked it and I thought it would be a good time of year for it. The weather was fine but where water usually runs the the entire eastern leg of the trek, today it was dry. :(

She seemed to like it, (so she said) and we both agreed that clockwise should be the preferred direction of travel. Great views to the north as you loop around John's Tank. We had planned to add the John's Tank Trail #94 over to Lynx Lake but the Forest Service website said it was closed due to nesting eagles. We saw no signage of any closure but still stayed on our loop and decided to drive over to Lynx Lake for hike #2 when we were done.
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Sep 27 2020
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 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Salida Gulch Trail #95Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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BoonemanTriplogs 3,867
Run/Jog9.10 Miles 914 AEG
Run/Jog9.10 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   5.63 mph
914 ft AEG
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I started from my campsite at Lynx Campground, took 305 to 311 to 94 to Salida Gulch and completed the entire loop. This was a great trail run with a tremendous amount of variety.
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 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Salida Gulch Trail #95Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
LosDosSloFolksTriplogs 368
Hiking4.53 Miles 513 AEG
Hiking4.53 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.01 mph
513 ft AEG      25 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hike #1 of 2 today as we traveled to Prescott for a second week in a row to beat the heat in the valley. This loop is a real winner. We had looked at photos online and decided to give it a go but it turned out to be a "sleeper". First car at the trail head a little after 6 am. We went CCW to hike what was said to be the more exposed western side of the loop first. Figured being in the sun while it was 15 degrees cooler might help. There was plenty of shade so either direction of travel would have been fine. This is one of those short trails that is so nice you would likely never tire of hiking it on a regular basis.

We took our time as there was much to gawk at having never been on this trail. Heading north on the eastern leg we crisscrossed a stream bed about 20 times. Occasional trickles of water could be heard. Each time the temps would noticeably drop and we would receive a nice breeze. A little bit of heaven compared to the valley. About a mile from the trail head we stopped to check out the petroglyphs we heard were here. Shortly thereafter we came across a rabble of Swallowtail Butterflies. They were very large in size and were coasting about like birds. Quite the sight. We would see more later on during our second hike of the day.

Bottom line...great little hike away from the crowds of nearby Lynx Lake. I liken this trail as similar to Smith Ravine #297 but without all the exertion! I guess ravines are just tougher than gulches. :) The only man made noise we heard during the hike was at the very start...a prospector shaking dirt in his pan. It took a minute to figure that one out!
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Salida Connection Trail #9263Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,866
Hiking11.38 Miles 2,031 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.14 mph
2,031 ft AEG      39 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Salida Connection Trail #9263Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2014
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking7.00 Miles 805 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.63 mph
805 ft AEG
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Early morning hike. Did an in and out. Had the sun in my face the entire hike up, and had cloud covered shade on the hike down. Trail was pretty nice though a little rocky/slippery at times. Went skiing a couple times even though I was trying to be careful. Saw 2 doe near the Salida/ Prospector juncture. Quite a few trails in this area that I am going to need to explore, most of which are multi-use trails. Though there was a signed unnamed single track trail that split off from this trail.
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