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Friday, November 9, 2007
Blog: Take an easy hike around Lynx Lake
By Cheryl Hartz
Lynx Lake offers many hiking trails, including this one around the lake itself
We live in beauty in Yavapai County, surrounded by timber-covered mountains, clear creeks and fish-stocked lakes. If you don't see them, it's because you haven't looked. We have an astonishing 19 designated Wilderness areas in this county alone. That doesn't include all the parks, trails and open areas we can access.
I thought my family had hiked a good many of them in the past 21 years, but we have untold wild places left to explore. This site lets me share a wide variety of experiences with altitudes, terrains, vegetation and wildlife - in all kinds of weather and with plenty of attitude.
Always a hiking advocate, I'm even more adamant today because of a report I saw this morning on Disneyland closing the Small World exhibit for renovations. It seems the boats have been bottoming out in certain areas of the ride because the passengers are too heavy. Alarming. If you don't want to be the cause of "bottoming out," or if you resemble that remark itself, take up hiking.
Because this is the first actual trail information for this site, I'll start you off really easy and take you to Lynx Lake's Lakeshore Trail No. 311. This one's for pedestrians only and has wheelchair access on the north and west sides. Sorry, no horses or bikes.
The 2.3-mile trail circles 55-acre Lynx Lake through manzanita, juniper, oak and ponderosa pine.
Eagles nest on the east shore and osprey and great blue herons fish the lake. So do humans. But no swimming is allowed, just in case any of you polar bears were thinking about taking a dip now to keep the dipping thermometer company. But, you'll enjoy watching several species of ducks paddle around and upend themselves for their dinner.
Lynx Lake is off Walker Road, which is off State Route 69 (the Costco stoplight between Prescott and Prescott Valley). Parking fee is $2, except on Wednesdays, when it's free.
The refreshing fragrance of pines combined with the tangy lake scent is free all the time.