Hike Lynx Lake



3.52 miles

Elevation Gain

182 ft

Route Type


Added by Dan Deublein

Enjoy a leisurely hike around a beautiful 55-acre lake surrounded by tall pines!

Starting at the parking lot, you will have to pay your dues prior to beginning your hike. You will immediately be met with fresh air and refreshing summer temperatures. 

A short decent down will lead you to the first trail marker, which the 55-acre lake becomes the centerpiece of your view. At this point, you have the option to hike in either direction. 

If you are looking for a more casual stroll, then go right where you will hike upon an paved trail that is relatively flat and follows the shoreline. Turning left, will take you across the spillway (do not cross if flooded) and onto a more difficult dirt path with varying elevation gains. 

At the midway point of the loop, you will reach a recreation area on the South shore. There is an opportunity here to utilize bathrooms, grab a picnic table and do some wildlife watching. 

If you are up for a little adventure, then I recommend bringing a pan! Near the Salida Gultch Trailhead along Lynx Creek, there is a designated gold panning area that is open to the public!

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Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Picnic Area



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🥇Top Contributor

7 months ago

Great Lake!

Love this lake - mostly go for fishing with my dad. This hike is easy and a great one to do if you’re trying to escape the Phoenix heat. Well maintained facilities.

Perfect place for beginner campers and families

This place has potable water and restrooms. It was perfect for my large family. The hike to the lake was a short 10 minutes.


over 3 years ago

Great short hike

Loved this little hike just 5 minutes from our hotel in Prescott! Parking is $5, but free if you have a National Parks Pass (just leave it on your dash) Really enjoyed this little stroll around the lake, dog friendly, too!

over 3 years ago

Small Lake, Great Afternoon

Short trail around a small lake. After paddling we made the hike around. Fairly busy but still a must do. Trail is in the pines. Very peaceful.

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