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Watson Lake, AZ
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 Prescott - Northeast
Difficulty ?    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,165 feet
Author Unregistered
Descriptions 3,873
Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 248 map ( 429 miles )
Age ?
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
10  2015-03-08 Rick Vincent
26  2014-12-21
Peavine Trail
Randal Schulhaus
8  2014-10-07 Digital Sherpa
10  2014-09-13 Randal Schulhaus
7  2014-08-02 Randal Schulhaus
13  2012-08-03
Lower Granite Creek Disco
7  2012-06-12 nahimana222
20  2012-05-20 Rick Vincent
13  2012-01-21 cabel
9  2011-10-01 nahimana222
17  2011-09-17 Randal Schulhaus
12  2011-02-27 skatchkins
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Backpack - TBD
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Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.2  Lower Granite Creek Discovery Trail
0.3  Watson Lake Circle Trail
0.3  Watson Lake Dells / Emerald City
0.3  Watson Lake Dells / Thor's Wall
0.3  Watson Lake Dells / Time Zone
1.0  Flume Trail - Watson Lake
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by Unregistered

My boyfriend and I love this area. We took 2 children with us to Watson Lake near the Granite Dells. Now, the actual Granite Dells location is somewhere else, but this particular sight is absolutely incredible. So incredible in fact that a national geographic photographer was taking pictures of Watson Lake. Well, to make the story complete, there is ample space to wonder about freely. Within Watson Lake there is an area for unloading your boat. To the left is a side trail that you can take all the way around the lake to the Dam. There is a pass through the dam that takes you to the other side of the lake and beyond. However, my boyfriend and I only climbed about a mile and a half with the kids I babysat. It's easy enough for a 4 year old to handle if you stay on the trail.

The scenery is excellent and breathtaking. There are places where we have seen people actually climbing a flat wall. There are mostly boulders the size of a Suburban and some so big that they could fit about three elephants into them. The cliff faces are pretty spectacular. It's recommended that you come in and out in the same day. We went in for an hour and a half. Taking anyway that seemed fun. Then found the trail back which took us thirty minutes.

The lake itself can be used for canoeing and kayaking. There is no wake so the water stays absolutely still. There are plenty of places for the family to go in the park. Including the playground and the smaller Granite areas to the right of the boat port. The hike can be moderate to difficult. If you stay on the trail, it is easy. If you stray and explore, it's difficult. It is recommended as well that you take a compass because you could easily get lost in the vast area. This is one of my favorite places so far in Arizona besides the Canyon. For these Southern Eyes it's truly a spectacular area to visit. There is overnight camping which is ten to twelve dollars. I am not really sure.


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    Water TBD
    Sun5:23am - 7:46pm
    Preferred Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct → 9 AM
    Permit $$

    Directions To hike
    Nine miles north of Prescott on Highway 89 according to Doin' Arizona with your Pooch. Four miles north of downtown Prescott on Highway 89 according to the Feds. So...Currently under review!
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