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Oct 08 2021
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Seven Mile Gulch Trail #9854Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2021
toddak
Hiking23.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking23.00 Miles   9 Hrs      2.56 mph
3,500 ft AEG
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Yet another @The_Eagle / @joebartels quality mashup route they did a couple weeks ago, linking primo singletracks with tolerable two-tracks.
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The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott Lakes Loop, AZ 
Prescott Lakes Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2021
The_Eagle
Hiking25.24 Miles 3,475 AEG
Hiking25.24 Miles   9 Hrs   35 Mns   2.85 mph
3,475 ft AEG      43 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We've done variations of this loop multiple times and it'll be done again.

Seven Mile Gulch Trail is my least favorite. When it's warm or sunny, it's a sweat feast. On this day it was in the 50's and cloudy, but still sweaty. We took a wrong turn and thought it might work out until we decided to back track. This is a multi-use trail that we've never seen anyone on.

Ranch Trail is a jem. Pleasant grades, good views and smooth trails. You will almost always run into hikers or MTB'rs.

We expected to see people on the Goldwater Lakes Trail. Families enjoying the day, hikers, bikers and kayakers. The sprinkles stared for the day.

Watershed Trail is another multi-use trail. We saw noone on the entire length of this trail. The upper east TH has been rerouted since last year. We had a quick 11 minute lunch in high winds, rain and what felt like 45 degree temps, each huddled under our umbrellas. We had to get moving to get some warmth back.

We took our road walk up Spruch Mountain Rd to get on the Smith Ravine Trail. This is another favorite. Tall pines, shade and nice trail tread. The sun finally made an appearance so we finished our lunch break here.

Homestead Trail is a pleasant gentle roller coaster making your way over to Lynx Lake.

The expected dog walkers were abundant on the Lxnx Recreation Trail. Good views of the now calm lake.

We hit part of the Salida Gulch Long Loop and the Highlands Trail to finish things off. Other than the lunchtime squall, perfect weather.

No @Hansenaz was spotted in the Lynx Lake/Creek area
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Sep 25 2021
joebartels
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51 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 25 2021
joebartels
Hiking24.15 Miles 3,564 AEG
Hiking24.15 Miles   9 Hrs   33 Mns   2.74 mph
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Seven Mile Gulch Trail #9854
Starting temps put the last 6 months to shame. About 3 minutes up we passed new signage for Hoot Owl #745. Minutes later, babbling up a storm we missed a turn. Bruce wanted to check it out and who am I to argue when he wants to add mileage to the 21.4-mile plan. 1.4 miles later we were sensibly back to the missed turn. We've hiked a variation of this loop several times. Albeit humid we both agreed it was nice not to be baking for once. Crane flies swarmed us for the ascent. Per usual, the dizzy drunken flies just bump without harm.

Ranch Trail #62
2.25-mi up #9854 we turned onto #62 for its upper 4-mile stretch. Lots of tall pines in the first 2-miles heading west. This wraps around the northern end of the Bradshaw range with views over Prescott and ends dropping down to the Watershed TH along the Senator Highway.

Goldwater Lakes Trail #396
After crossing the Hwy it was 1.25 miles down to the lake. You can reach the lake 0.3 miles quicker but we opted for a shorter return after following the southern shore Banning Creek Trail. With summer out of the books and overcast, it wasn't very busy. Looks like they've been busy adding benches galore.

Watershed Trail #299
Back up to the Watershed TH, we took #299 up to the ridge in search of a lunch spot. Nearly a month ago, Bruce clued me in on the Klymit V-Seat inflatable seat cushion deal. They are super butt comfy! A storm drifted in, so we ate quickly and boogied onward. We got lucky, the storm didn't linger.

Spruce Mountain Road
This bridges the loop through an occupied belt of cabins with no trespassing signage galore and a few lonely fenced-in dogs seeking attention/blood. The Midnight Mine ore cart is the anticipated highlight.

Smith Ravine Trail #297
The death star busted through like a champ on our descent. We enjoyed a break that lasted longer than lunch heading down. Naturally, Bruce one-upped me with a larger seat cushion. An inflatable recliner by Christmas wouldn't surprise me.

Homestead Trail #305
This parallels Walker Rd to Lynx Lake. We shared the trail with a chic out walking her dogs.

Lynx Recreation Trail #311 - Lake Loop
Many HAZr's would probably avoid this, but I'm a big fan of this trail. It's always busy. Like the other little Prescott lakes, it's almost always a family atmosphere. With 24-mi within reach, Bruce found a way to make it happen.

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When Bruce first put this loop out years ago I cringed my nose. It's turned into one of my favorites. Well over a third, possibly half is through or along tall pines. The icing on the cake today was my first 24 miler since @LindaAnn & @Tortoise_Hiker's 30-miler on Baldy! 5k / 24mi used to be my acceptance to worthy... lol
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nothing to write home about but a large enough stretch of insignificant yellows to not be forgotten
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Apr 04 2021
trailzrus
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68 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
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Hiking0.75 Miles 60 AEG
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Mar 09 2021
AugustWest
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47 male
 Joined Mar 16 2019
 Phoenix
Goldwater Lakes Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2021
AugustWest
Hiking7.52 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   3.37 mph
1,194 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I am up in Prescott for the week and the White Spar TH is the closest to where I am staying. Door to door was 8 minutes even with Prescott's traffic. The trailhead is right inside the boundary of the Prescott NF and seemingly at the edge of the suburbs.

This trail network reminds me of Hawes with trees. Nothing is too steep, but everything rolls up and down which I found enjoyable.

I started out on Schoolhouse and then #81 which are gated FS roads. They are nice, but the real single track starts on Goldwater Lake Trail.

Prescott NF does an exceptional job of forest management for the sustainability and recreational enjoyment of the public. I noted not too long ago on the Groom Creek Loop that the gathered forest understory and selective thinning gives the forest a chance in the case of a fire. Previously, I would argue for the 'wilderness' to be left alone, but I have come around to the fact that if we want any standing trees in Arizona our forests managers should take a more proactive stance towards managing for the sake of recreation. This trail system is just another example of the Prescott NF giving the forest the best chance possible.

There aren't great views except for that of Upper Goldwater Lake which includes, benches, tables, a playground and other developed areas. Nonetheless, the majority of the paths were extremely peaceful and gave the impression of being a lot further from town than what these trails actually are.

I saw 5 hikers and 4 mountain bikers. The temps were in the 50's, but sunny with perfectly clear skies except for the end of the day. The parking lot was half full both upon departure and return to my truck.
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Sep 20 2020
ultrazona
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34 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldwater Lake Loop, AZ 
Goldwater Lake Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2020
ultrazona
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,092 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.07 mph
1,092 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Loop linking trails and dirt roads. One fence hop leaving Goldwater Lake.
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Jul 18 2020
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Goldwater Lakes Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Nightstalker
Mtn Biking16.10 Miles 1,901 AEG
Mtn Biking16.10 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   5.78 mph
1,901 ft AEG   1 Hour   16 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Went up to Prescott to be the Phoenix heat. Did a great loop around Goldwater Lakes and then did a second loop up Ranch and down Watershed. Lots of hikers around the lake. Saw some other mountain bikers and a group of horseback riders.


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Jun 17 2020
outdoor_lover
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58 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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outdoor_lover
Hiking2.40 Miles 200 AEG
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After a very casual loop around Lynx Lake, this was my Plan B. It was pretty warm out to do the Long Loop I planned and I wanted to stay in the tall pines. I thought that at one time I had visited the Goldwater Lakes before, but I guess not, so it was a perfect choice. Another casual wander around the upper lake. Tons of Birds and Dragonflies and Spring in the High Country is starting to transition to Summer for all of them. Not much effort needed here, but I made up for that this week. Beautiful Lake and pretty packed with people on a Wednesday as was Lynx. No Fees needed to be paid here either, for Free Wednesdays.
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May 23 2020
richvosko
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35 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking1.00 Miles 40 AEG
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Jul 28 2019
sleepybear929
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 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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sleepybear929
Hiking2.40 Miles 60 AEG
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Amazing day for a hike. Started at Senator Highway and walked along the Prescott Circle trail to the lake We saw a snake and deer while on the trail. Not busy at all.
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Jul 25 2019
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2019
jtaylor
Hiking2.70 Miles 60 AEG
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Quick diversion with Andrew to earn a pint and ward off cabin fever. Nice lake, nice breeze, nice conversation.
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Jun 23 2019
DbleDutch
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 Tempe, AZ
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking2.40 Miles 60 AEG
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Took sometime to delay returning to the Valley. This short hike filled the bill and enjoyed the scenery.
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Dec 17 2017
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 Salt River Valle
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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arizona_water
Hiking1.83 Miles 156 AEG
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Bannon Creek flows into Upper Goldwater Lake, ephemerally. This weekend was a little disappointing. But visiting the lake was still interesting and the shoreline trail is nice!

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Jul 05 2017
Hikeman71
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 Prescott,AZ
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hikeman71
Hiking2.40 Miles 60 AEG
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Beautiful morning at a beautiful lake. Saw AZ game and fish stocking the lake with fresh little yummy trout.
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Aug 28 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goldwater Lakes Trail #396Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2016
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Hiking9.70 Miles 1,562 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.59 mph
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Got an offer from Tibber to accompany her and trekkin gecko for a hike in Prescott. Getting out of the heat sounded good. The trail was in great shape and goes through a nice mixed forest of oaks and pines with a surprise water feature in Bannon Creek along the way. The monsoons stayed away but a few clouds and frequent shady spots on the trail made conditions quite pleasant. There's enough vertical to keep you honest, but not enough to stifle good conversation. Stopped lakeside for a snack and a break at the upper reservoir. Saw a very rare and ferocious Chinese water snake pretty much decimate the fish population in Goldwater Lake.

Hit El Gato Azul in Prescott for some tasty tapas and took 5 minutes to hit the Charcoal Kiln on the way out of town.

Very nice day with some great people on a nice little trail.
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 phoenix, az
Goldwater Lakes Trail #396Prescott, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking10.05 Miles 1,518 AEG
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angela and i had something on the calendar for this weekend a month ago
kinda hard to plan during monsoon season
ended up deciding on a day hike and tibber came up with this mellow hike through the woods
wade and mary jo signed on and we hit the road and then the trail sunday morning
easy grade from white spar campground up to a ridge and then down to senator highway
on the way back, dropped down to goldwater lake for a snack and the views
entertainment was provided by a snake trying to catch some small fish
back on the trail in mid 70 temps with occasional cloud cover but nothing remotely threatening
nice to hike in such pleasant conditions on good trail
lots of ponderosa and oak providing plenty of shade
saw the little memorial to the granite mountain hotshots on the way back
a couple of trail runners, a few hikers and quite a few mountain bikers
think i could even bike this trail
good hiking with wade and mary jo again
thanks for late lunch and for driving
nice day, good company and new trails
in fact, i'm always amazed by what the prescott area has to offer
we stopped by the charcoal kiln down walker road on the way out of town
interesting bit of history, and got me to double digits for the day ;)
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The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott lakes tour, AZ 
Prescott lakes tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2015
The_Eagle
Hiking23.42 Miles 3,846 AEG
Hiking23.42 Miles   9 Hrs   28 Mns   2.69 mph
3,846 ft AEG      45 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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A last minute plan B hike.
I decided to recycle and tweak a previous hike to his area.

Temps were pretty good as the shade and breezes were nice. A nice 67 to start, to a high in the upper 80's.

I only crossed paths with a handful of people all day on the trails.

Seven Mile Gulch Trail #9854, is exposed and the steepest climb of the day. Best to do early. It's also a mixed use trail, so you could run into motorcycles. The Watershed #299 is also mixed use.

The Ranch Trail #62 and Smith Ravine Trail #297 still are my favorites. Plenty of shade, decent trail tread and nice views.

The Goldwater #396 trail is nice also, but can get busy, but not on this day.

Homestead #305 is a roller coaster through the conifers.

There are plenty of shorter and longer loop opportunities in the area utilizing the many trails out there.

I still need to try the restaurant on the North end of Lynx Lake.
Open Thurs - Sunday for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
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Anybody ever try it?
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Also water available in the campgrounds area

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Damp, may be able to get something in a pinch

dry Smith Ravine Spring Dry Dry
Nothing at the trail crossing

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Plenty to filter, or use the faucets
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Jun 16 2014
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2014
mt98dew
Hiking3.06 Miles
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Hiked with family around Goldwater lake. There was a 2 dollar fee to park at the lake. The trail around the lake is nice, but is not signed and there are several different tracks, probably depending on high the water is. And as noted, we could not do a loop around the lake. So we hiked to one end of the dam and then turned around and hiked around the lake to the other side. On the south side there are quite a few user trails that head away from the lake. Most of these would probably tie into #396 at some point. Since I was with family I was limited in what I could do. Even though the hiking is minimal here, there are some brand new amenities that make it a great place to enjoy the weather and scenery. Had a very nice time with the family. And my knowledge of the Prescott trail system has increased by a fraction. :)
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The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Goldwater - Lynx Lakes Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 14 2014
The_Eagle
Hiking24.74 Miles 4,406 AEG
Hiking24.74 Miles   9 Hrs   50 Mns   2.75 mph
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First time in this area and starting from the Sevenmile Gulch TH. I'd never been to Lynx Lake or the Goldwater Lakes either, so I put together this loop that hit both of them. All of the trails I was on today seem to get a lot of action from Mountain Bikers. I'd suggest this as a CW Loop if on a MTB. Although on this perfect weather Saturday, other than around the lakes, I didn't see another soul.

Seven Mile Gulch #9854 starts flat in the woods for the first .5 mile and the starts climbing through sun exposed scrub for a bit. Once in the pines It gets better.

I missed the turn to the Ranch Trail #62 at mile 2.3, thinking the turn was to another trail going down the northside. No problem, I actually cut some mileage off, going off trail for 200' to meet up with it again. Back on the Ranch Trail headed westish towards Goldwater Lakes, I was amazed at how nice this trail was. In the pines, great views, gentle grade, a recently built or renovated track, and was about as smooth a trail as I've been on for awhile.

Crossing the Senator Highway, I was now on the Goldwater Lakes Trail #396. I had planned to do a loop to the north around Upper and Lower Goldwater Lakes and come back on #396 to the south. There were a handful families fishing or hiking around the lake. Nobody seemed to be catching anything. When I got to the north side of the dam on Upper Goldwater, there were signs saying No Trespassing, City of Prescott. I decided to try the trail that goes around the south side of the lake that goes to the Dam. Once again, there was a trail that used to go through there, but has since been fenced off with No Trespassing. So I hopped out to the #396 again and went to get a view of the Lower Goldwater Lake. Back to Upper GW Lake, I filtered some water and started the rest of my loop back.

Now on the Watershed Trail #299 it was a climb back up on an ORV trail. A bit steep and loose until once again into the pines around Deer Lick Spring (Dry) .6 mile away. Once up top, this trail follows a ridgeline affording some pretty sweet views. The Watershed trail is 3.25 miles long and ends at Spruce Mountain Rd.

It's 1.25m on this dirt road until you get to the Smith Ravine Trail #297. Keep an eye out, as from the road, the signs are hard to see. The hikers/bikers gate was the give away.
This was the surprise of the day for me. Almost completely in the pines for the entire 3 miles down to Walker Road, but still great views. This was another trail in great shape.

Next the Homestead #305 to make my way over to Lynx Lake. This is a roller coaster trail once again in the tall pines.

I opted to go around the lesser traveled east side on Lynx Lake on the Lynx Lake Recreation Loop Trail #311. This is a very pretty lake and not anywhere as busy as I expected it to be.

I passed the Store / Restaurant on the north side of the lake, thinking I'll need to stop in and check it out in the future. Back on the 305 and a short trip back to my truck.

I really enjoyed this loop!
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Saw nothing where the trail crosses the ravine.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Upper Goldwater Lake 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Jun 01 2013
Reyrip
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 Peoria, AZ
Banning Creek Trail - Goldwater LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2013
Reyrip
Hiking7.00 Miles 900 AEG
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Great low moderate hike at end of May. My wife and I are trying to find quality day hikes close to the West valley. This is one. Easy to find start at pull out area in White Spar campground. Dry conditions. Walking in late morning sun amongst shade of ponderosa and oaks. A few very polite mountain bikers sharing the trail. We moved steady until we found the lower Goldwater lake. We scrambled down to the lake shore and found a barbed wire fence. We traversed the fence line finding a gap near the dam. We ate a snack, soaking up sun on top of dam. Very peaceful. Great work out.
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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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