Hike of the Week: Red Mountain Trail near Prescott Valley

Mare CzinarSeptember 20, 2023
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Red Mountain Trail, Prescott National Forest, Prescott Valley

Located in the space between Lynx Lake Recreation Area and State Route 69 in Prescott Valley, the Red Mountain Trail No. 43, is an internal trail which can only be accessed by way of connecting routes that begin either near Lynx Lake to the west or at the Green Gulch trailhead. The route is part of the Blue Hills Trail System at the east boundary of Prescott National Forest and provides access to the mountainous backcountry adjacent to the communities of Dewey-Humboldt.

  • LENGTH: 5.2 miles round trip as described here
  • RATING: moderate
  • ELEVATION:  5,299 – 6,245 feet
  • BEST SEASON: March – November
  • FACILITIES: none


  • From the State Route 169/69 junction in Dewey-Humboldt, go 1 mile north on SR 69 to the next stop light and turn left on Kachina Place.
  • Follow Kachina Place to the “T” intersection at Pony Place, turn left and follow the signs to the Green Gulch trailhead, approximately 3 miles from SR 69.
  • The parking lot is designed to accommodate both trailers and cars, so mind the parking protocols.