From AZ-69 from either east or west, turn SOUTH onto Walker Road (by the COSTCO). There is a traffic light at this busy intersection. Go South on Walker for about 1.5 miles. There will be a Prescott Forest Sign for "Lynx Creek Ruins." Although the Ruins are a "Fee Paid" site, NO WORRIES as the panning area is free. Take the left turn onto Gold Pan - Lynx Creek Ruins maintained dirt road. About 3/4 mile the road turns widely to the left. Just past this bend, a nice bladed free DAYTIME parking-picnic area on the right allows immediate access to Lynx Creek. Other local groups and families hike North and South along the Creek for panning. Around Salida Gulch to the North, private claims covering both sides of Lynx Creek exist. Obey any trespassing or private property signs.