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 https://youtube.com ... YbKg
Back on the Jan Alfano Trail
and then we jumped over to Watson Lake, to do the loop there.
Watson Lake Video https://youtube.com ... 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 https://youtube.com ... 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.