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Willow Creek Reservoir, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Prescott W
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Distance One Way 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,161 feet
Interest Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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5  2016-05-28
Constellation Willow Lake Loop
19  2016-04-16
Constellation Willow-Watson Loop
20  2015-10-07
Watson & Willow
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Preferred   Apr, Oct, Nov, Mar
Sun  6:18am - 6:27pm
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Overview: This 3.5-mile trail encircles a portion of Willow Lake above the high water mark. Access is from Heritage Park, Willow Lake, and Willow Creek Park. Shown on the NE Prescott Trails map.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Willow Creek Reservoir
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    Constellation Willow Lake Loop
    The convocation of Deb and I spent, a portion of the day playin' in the bolder wonderland of The Constellation Trail System and Willow Lake.

    I was surprised to still see the Cormorants in the Huge Cottonwood tree, on the Cottonwood Spur trail. I counted at least 8 nests in that tree with 16+. The roosting noises they make are a cross between the oinking of a pig and the noises penguins make. Kind of eerie actually.

    There are endless possibilities out here, with the two lakes in close proximity to each other and all the bolder exploring you could do.

    It got a little warmer than the forecast high I believe, but the breezes kept it tolerable.
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    Constellation Willow-Watson Loop
    Joe through a dart at the Constellation Trail system and said, come up with something. I didn't know anything about this "Little Gem" so I started downloading stuff. There are 11 trails in the Constellation Trail system, totaling less than 5 miles. So that wasn't going to make the drive to Prescott worth it. I'd looped Watson lake before and enjoyed the heck out of it. I'd always wanted to loop Willow Lake also, so it was on.

    The Constellation Trail System is a wonderful group of of short trails through a boulder wonderland. Officially it's a self-enclosed system. But as we found on the way back, there is a trail that connects this with the Willow Dells system and Willow Lake. The Ron James Approach Trail does not show to connect on the maps, but it does. There is no signage and it's not obvious though.

    All but the east side of Willow Lake looked like just a means to connect the loop, but then we stumbled on the Cottonwood Spur. Some of the biggest Cottonwood stands I've seen. `

    Willow Lake Video :next: ... YbKg
    Back on the Jan Alfano Trail and then we jumped over to Watson Lake, to do the loop there.

    Watson Lake Video :next: ... CTBU

    The highlight on this loop is the Lakeshore Trail and the Over The Hill Trail, taking you to the Granite Creek Dam.

    Granite Creek Dam, Watson Lake Video :next: ... nVp0
    A little road walk got us back over to the Willow Dells Trails.

    Once again the hiking was great, except for 1/2 hour bug storm we ran through.

    I really enjoyed looping these two Granite infested lakes, and the weather was perfect!

    A great time out with the Squad.

    On the day....A Gopher snake, Squirrels, Cottontail rabbits, Cormorants, all sorts of Ducks, Bluejays, Blue Herons, A hawk diving out of the sky right in front of us snagging a bird.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    At willow lake and willow creek parks in Prescott.
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