As you know, I just turned 11 years old. Personally, I don’t feel any different! Anyway, our plans were changed due to the weather, but we did get to Plan A: Lynx Lake. Does my mom know me or what? Lynx Lake is one of my all-time favorites! It is an easy drive up the 17 freeway to the AZ 69 north toward Prescott. The slowest part is getting through the Prescott Valley. Plan on stop and go through all the lights and just over an hour from north Phoenix.
Once you are near the outskirts and almost to the town of Prescott, you’ll turn left on to Walker Road (shopping center there on your left). Just look for the brown sign directing you to Lynx Lake and follow it until you see signs for the lake.
If you want to hike around the lake like we did, you’ll want to turn left into the south shore day picnic area. The north shore has a store and restaurant should you be interested. Outdoor tables have a fabulous view of the entire lake. The parking fee for the south shore is $5 per vehicle. Your humans will need the exact amount as no people monitor the pay station. It is on the honor system. That money helps keep the park clean, so please pay!
The trail around the lake is about 3 miles. The beginning is paved and is acceptable for wheelchairs. However, about ¼ mile in, the trail turns to dirt and rocks. It isn’t a different trail but does climb up and around the lake. The first chance I had, I jumped in for a swim. Nothing like cool, fresh lake water! Awoof! Benches are all along the lake should you want to sit and watch the ducks and birds.
Quite a few people were out as it was National Park’s day when we went. Folks were fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, picnicking, and hiking. The weather was just perfect! Even on hot days, Lynx Lake is perfect due to all the shade of the trees. If it is windy, you are also protected. In other words, there is no bad day at Lynx Lake!
I took several more dips and received many pets from humans. As we came to the dam, we noticed the trail was overgrown some. You can still see it but beware of some scratchy plants. Walking across the dam was easier this time than last. The water level wasn’t quite as high, so we didn’t have to maneuver through the stream. You’ll cross the dam and follow the trail all the way around the lake. At this point, you are committed to finish.
Before we knew it, we were back to the parking lot and picnic area. We got a table and ate a fabulous lunch my mom packed. Dad tried some fishing but didn’t catch anything. Supposedly some trout live in those waters, but no one was having any luck that day. Oh well, we were out in the fresh air. Nature sounds abounded, and we weren’t hot. Life is good my friend.
Driving home, we stopped by the Mortimer Farm. It was only 3 miles out of our way. They are located at: 12907 East, AZ-169, Dewey, AZ 86327 We didn’t buy tickets to go in, but tons of families were there doing the corn maze and other fall festivities. The store is open to the public and has lots of farm-fresh yummies.
I was ready for a nap, and when I awoke, we were back home. I just love having Lynx Lake so close to home. From prickly pears to pine trees – Arizona is an amazing place. Get out there and explore it!
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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