The Prescott Hiking Club has four types of hikes, to suit different levels of hiking desires:
Slow: 3-5 miles (generally flat or gently rolling; occasional short steeper up hill climbs at a slow pace of 1.5 to 2 mph moving rate)
Slow Plus: 4-6 miles (multiple up and down grades up to 500+ climbs over a two plus hour period at a pace of 2 mph moving rate depending a lot on terrain.)
Moderate minus: 6-7 miles (up 1000 feet elevation gain at a relaxed pace (1.75-2 mph moving rate)
Moderate: 7-12 miles (up to 2500 feet elevation gain) at steady pace (2.25-3.0 mph moving rate)
Strenuous: miles, elevation gain and pace to be determined by leader; e.g. roughly 10+miles, with substantial elevation gain at steady brisk pace (@3 mph moving rate)
PHC Members should hike with the group appropriate with their abilities.
For more information about the Prescott Hiking Club, refer to the information on the Join Page.
Slow and Slow-Plus Hikes
Slow-Plus Hikes are on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. They start at 7 AM June - August, 8 AM April - May and September - October, and 9 AM November to March. They are usually between 4 and 5 miles long and last 2 hours but on occasion the distance can go to 5.5 miles and 2.5 hours. If the number of hikers is large the group often divides up into two groups with one using a slower pace.
Slow Hike Contact: Henry Dye on (928) 445-7371.
Tuesdays - Lynx Lake North Shore
Trailhead location is the North Shore parking lot of Lynx Lake. From Highway 69, turn South onto Walker Road (between Arco and PetSmart) and go about three miles to Lynx Lake North Shore entrance road (same area as the Lynx Lake Café). Turn Left and follow the road to the trailhead parking area. If the parking lot gets full let people know when you drive thru and then go back out the road to Walker road turn right and then left into the Seven Mile Gulch parking area. The leaders will run a hike over in that area and pick you up as they come by or you can walk back over to the North Shore parking area.
Thursdays - Granite Mountain Metate Parking Area
Follow Iron Springs Road west out of town. Turn
right on Granite Basin Road (about two miles past the Williamson Valley
signal light. Follow Granite Basin Road to the Metate trailhead parking
area. On the way you will pass a turn off to the Cayuse trailhead
parking area on your right, then the Wekuvde picnic area on you right,
then the road will turn into a one-way road as you turn to your right
just past the Wekuvde picnic area. Proceed on the one-way loop road.
Just after you pass Granite Basin Lake on your right the road will curve
left and the trailhead parking area entrance will be on your left.
Click here for the Granite Mountain Parking Area Map
Saturdays - Thumb Butte Parking Area
Meet at the Thumb Butte trailhead in the upper
section of the parking lot near the upper restroom. Take Gurley Street
through town towards Thumb Butte. The trailhead and parking lot are
located on the right just as the road comes directly under Thumb Butte.
Click here for the Thumb Butte Parking Area Map
Moderate Minus / Moderate / Strenuous Hikes
Moderate Minus / Moderate / Strenuous Hike Contact: Lynda Jerome on (928) 772-1340
Moderate Minus / Moderate/Strenuous Hikes are every Tuesday,
Thursday, and Saturday. An email is sent to PHC
Modrate Minus / Moderate/Strenuous Hikers each Sunday with details about the hikes for
the upcoming week.
These hikes meet in one of five places around the area: two in Prescott, two in Prescott Valley, and one in Chino Valley. The meeting location is chosen by the hike leader and is usually the location that is closest to the hike trailhead. Maps to the five meeting places are near the bottom of this page:
Tuesday Hikes: have a specific destination, and are always Moderate and/or Moderate Minus Hikes. They are listed in the Hike Schedule; refer to the Monthly Schedule links near the top of this page.
Additionally, a Strenuous Hike may sometimes be scheduled on Tuesday, using either the same route as the Moderate Hike, or a different route.
Thursday and Saturday Hikes: always have a designated Hike Leader. They may or may not have a destination in the hike schedule, but they will always have a destination in the Weekly Hike Email.
On Thursdays and Saturdays, the choice of a Moderate Minus, Moderate or Strenuous hike is up to the hike leader.
Moderate / Strenuous Hike Meeting Locations:
The meeting location for each hike is on the schedule and/or in the
Click on each line for a map of that location:
Forms for Hike Leaders: