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Salida Gulch - Long Loop - 3 members in 15 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 20 2018
nancyesan
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 Routes 4
 Photos 92
 Triplogs 7

72 female
 Joined Jul 28 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Salida Gulch Loop 2018, AZ 
Salida Gulch Loop 2018, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2018
nancyesan
Hiking4.54 Miles 752 AEG
Hiking4.54 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   1.07 mph
752 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
1st trip
We started this hike following a track posted years ago and found that things have changed up at the north end of the trail where development is encroaching, so decided to post our route. The trails are confusing enough so that having a track to follow is very helpful.
We paid our $5 per car area access fee and parked at the paved parking lot at the north end of Lynx Lake. Take Hwy. 69 from Prescott or Prescott Valley, go south about 2.5 miles on Walker Rd. and turn left. This area includes a store and cafe, lake access, picnic area, restrooms and drinking water. The fee covers access to all recreation sites in the area, including a nearby ruins site and gold panning area on Lynx Creek.
Hiking clockwise, the northbound section follows along Lynx Creek much of the way. Start on trail 445 on the east side of the parking loop, then briefly on 442, and then 444 which ends at the Gold Panning area. Continue north on the dirt road to where it ends at a parking area with a large sign. Cross the creek and look for Trail 9263. The trail is confusing in this area and there are several gates that must be opened and closed, but you should end up on trail 95 which meanders generally southbound. As it curves west, find trail 94 which goes steeply uphill and then gradually down towards the lake and the trailhead.
There are many young trees and bushes along the trails but not much shade, so an early start is best to avoid the afternoon sun. The trails have lots of ups and downs with many beautiful views from the high points. We also found many species of wildflowers, especially near the creek.
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Named place
Lynx Lake
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Woolly Morning Glory (Salina Gulch Loop)
Chaparral Fleabane - f
Ageratina
Narrowleaf Penstemon
Buckwheat sp.
Scruffy Prairie Clover - f
Wild Chrysanthemum
Deervetch sp.
Fendler Globemallow
Fringed Rock Daisy
Cosmos
Alligator Juniper Cones
Ribbon Four O’clock - f
Slimleaf Lima Bean
Arizona Cudweed
DYC - tbd
Large-Flowered Brickelbush - f
Brickellia sp. - f
Spurge sp.
Western Yarrow
Sweet Four O’clock
Wild Purple Geranium
Mountain Parsley
Dalmatian Toadflax
Abert’s Creeping Zinnia
Scarlet Creeper
Paintbrush sp.
White Sweet Clover
Careless Weed
Rattlesnake Weed
Common Muilein
Buffalo Bur
Broom Snakeweed
Skyrocket - f
Arizona Thistle
Cliff Rose
Goodding’s Verbena - f
Cosmos
Blackfoot Daisy
Hooker’s Evening Primrose
Beardlip Penstemon (Lynx Creek Ruin Trail)
Golden Crownbeard
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Jun 03 2016
RangerTRX
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 Routes 1
 Triplogs 172

49 male
 Joined Apr 25 2008
 Peoria, AZ.
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 03 2016
RangerTRX
Mtn Biking4.20 Miles 421 AEG
Mtn Biking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   6.00 mph
421 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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1st trip
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May 25 2013
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2013
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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May 11 2013
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2013
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Apr 27 2013
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
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Nice day:-)
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Apr 07 2013
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2013
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
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Nice day... More people out and about. Hikers, Bikers and Horseback riders... :)
Fauna
Fauna
Dog Fly
Culture
Culture
Cactuscat Pose
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Mar 30 2013
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2013
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
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Feb 20 2013
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2013
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
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Feb 07 2013
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2013
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
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Nice day... The weather is finally starting to get a "wee-bit" warmer! Once again, nobody around... Just Lucy, me and the gulch!!! :)
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Nov 06 2012
BOHOHiker
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 Photos 68
 Triplogs 70

female
 Joined Oct 27 2011
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2012
BOHOHiker
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.75 mph
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Good day today... Perfect weather and no complaints. It has been a few months since I did the Salida Gulch #95. Nobody around, lot's of sun and nice breeze. A nice getaway hike that is still close to town! :)
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Nov 02 2012
frankepp
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 Triplogs 18

60 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Peoria, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2012
frankepp
Hiking4.80 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.22 mph
750 ft AEG      35 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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This trail starts at the mouth of Salida Gulch and follows the creek bed, loops around to Lynx Lake and back to the parking area. As you hike the upper portions of the trail it affords some nice overlooks of the surrounding countryside. We may see some petroglyphs.
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Oct 07 2012
DarwinJr
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 Photos 25
 Triplogs 17

50 male
 Joined Jan 02 2012
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2012
DarwinJr
Hiking4.20 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.40 mph
450 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Nice moderate hike... felt like more than 450' elevation change.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jun 03 2012
Jenkamus
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 Triplogs 4

41 female
 Joined Nov 25 2009
 Surprise, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 03 2012
Jenkamus
Hiking4.20 Miles 219 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
219 ft AEG
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1st trip
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After taking an 18 month hiking hiatus we decided to head up to get out of the Phoenix heat and try a hike. We've hiked around Lynx Lake before and thought we would try the long loop, 4.5 round trip didn't sound too bad since we're getting back into hiking.

We followed the directions, even saw some people actually gold panning near the said area, they must be a permanent fixture specifically for this hike right? ;) One exception we took to the directions were off of the 9263 trail instead of trail #93 it turned into 95 so we took that down to 94. I don't know if this was a section added after the original description or we went off on the wrong one but it was getting warm and after carrying my 9 month old in his hiking carrier we were getting a little worn. We missed seeing the petroglyphs, maybe we'll take the short hike next time to go after those.

Didn't see any wildlife along the way except for a couple small hornytoads and a giant ant hill.

All in all was a nice hike, but I think we're gonna be sore tomorrow.
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Apr 17 2010
AndreyP
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 Guides 7
 Routes 98
 Triplogs 284

39 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Moscow, RU
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2010
AndreyP
Hiking8.70 Miles 960 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.13 mph
960 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Combined several hikes in Lynx Lake recreation area.

Started from Lynx Northshore and made Salida Gulch long loop to the east side of the dam: Trails 445 - 442 - 444 - 9401T - 95 - 94. Salida Gulch Trail #93 no longer exists. Upper part of it has been closed to prevent access to a petroglyph site by trail users, lower part became part of new Salida View Trail #95 which I believe is a full loop trail on the right (east) side of Lynx Creek. Salida Gulch - Long Loop hike is now 5.0 mi long.

From the dam went up along east shore of the lake to the small upper dam, crossed the creek there and returned to Northshore along west shore (Trail 311).

Drove to Lynx Creek Ruin trailhead from where hiked to ruins and back (Trail 301). I really tried to see something from the overlook platform, but found no trace of that ancient pueblo :)
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Sep 14 2008
TwoWeims
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 Routes 35
 Photos 136
 Triplogs 70

55 male
 Joined Aug 28 2008
 Prescott, AZ
Salida Gulch - Long LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2008
TwoWeims
Hiking4.20 Miles 219 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.68 mph
219 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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A great morning hike. Too bad there is yummy chicken fried steak waiting at the end of the trail to replace all of the calories I just burned!
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average hiking speed 1.7 mph

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