Lynx Lake Loop Trail Friday, Nov 30 2018 

Lynx Lake Dam

Lynx Lake Dam

Trail #311 circling Lynx Lake goes by different names: Lynx Lake Loop Trail, Lynx Recreation Trail, or Lynx Lakeside Trail. Lynx Lake is a 55-acre man-made lake. We used the south parking lot and started on the paved portion of trail to the dam. We gingerly crossed on wet pavement and debris to return on the unpaved portion of trail. The lake’s water was the highest we’ve encountered which meant we had to follow Lynx Creek for some distance before finding a spot to cross on well placed rocks. This meant we hiked about 2.75 miles which is longer than 2.4 miles if the water is lower. The temperature was cool but the sun peeked through clouds to warm us. There were very few cars in the parking lot, but we did encounter a few other hikers. We met one threesome, however, returning the way they had come because they did not find a crossing.

Prescott Quads #15 Saturday, Nov 17 2018 

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs

Jim Briggs, Chino Valley, was the top finisher in the Prescott Quads #15 held Saturday, November 17th. He received $50 by defeating three opponents. Briggs, co-champion in this year’s Prescott Open and a Candidate Master, gained 12 rating points. Kyle Christie, Flagstaff, was the second-place finisher in the top-rated quad. He won $25 for his 2-1 record.

The tournament, divided into three sections, attracted 13 chess players for a full day of chess at Yavapai College. Tom Green, President of the Prescott Chess Club, directed this U. S. Chess rated event which was co-sponsored by the Prescott Chess Club and the OLLI Chess Special Interest Group.

Cortney Reagle

Cortney Reagle

Cortney Reagle, Flagstaff, won $50 for his 3-0 undefeated record in Section B. He gained 121 rating points. Duncan Reay, Paulden, took home $25 for his 1.5-1.5 score which was good enough for second place.

David Steeves, Prescott, Don Stone, Prescott, and Niancen Cai, Flagstaff, shared first place honors in Section C. Steeves defeated Stone, but lost to Cai while Stone beat Cai. They split $75 for their 3-1 records.

 

Don Stone

Don Stone

Niancen Cai

Niancen Cai

Dave Steeves

Dave Steeves

Willow & Hokaygon Trails Friday, Nov 16 2018 

Hokaygon Trail Vista

Hokaygon Trail Vista

Yesterday we parked at the west end of Katahn Drive in northwest Prescott where we accessed Willow Trail #347, the first segment of the Prescott Circle Trail. We last hiked here in 2010. The trailhead is at an elevation of 5,490 feet. We hiked 1.5 miles up a steep, rocky hill southeast of Granite Mountain. We passed a John Deere model 17G excavator whose recent work with its dozer blade and backhoe had been evident to us. We returned on Hokaygon Trail #341, a 1.4-mile internal trail that crosses power lines before connecting with the Willow Trail 0.6 miles from the trailhead. We did not encounter anyone on the trail, although another car was parked near ours at the trailhead.

Old Stone Corral Saturday, Nov 10 2018 

Old Stone Corral

Old Stone Corral

When I hiked General Crook Trail #64 back in October 2011, I got lost and didn’t see the most important landmark, the old stone corral. On yesterday’s hike we correctly followed the cairns set up by Boy Scouts marking this Arizona State Historical Trail for the 1976 Bicentennial. When we crossed a dry Ash Creek, the old stone corral was clearly visible. Our interest in this hike was motivated by a one-page article in the October 2018 Phoenix Magazine. General Crook established a wagon road from Fort Whipple to Fort Apache in the 1880s. It was used for 22 years to patrol the northern border of the Apache reservation. The old stone corral, a waystation for travelers, was known as Hecla, named after a nearby gold mine. A major flood in 1898 wiped out the fledging town amidst the cottonwoods. The area around the old stone corral is now an archaeological site shaded by massive cottonwoods.