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Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2021
jillyonanadventure
Hiking6.57 Miles 622 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   1.68 mph
622 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Decided to drive up North on a whim for the afternoon to visit Watson Lake. I’d only been once before and hiked on Peavine, so I was excited to do the loop! I totally meandered and took everything in as I was in no rush.

I actually missed the traditional parking lot turn and was about to turn around when I saw a secondary parking area called Lake overlook (and it was free!), so I parked there and headed to the right to start the loop.

Just FYI There was a ton of things in the air that would make anyone with severe allergies miserable without proper meds! Once I got off the Peavine trail onto the loop trail it definitely got more interesting. For a hike with not a ton of elevation gain, you’ll still get a great workout. Climbing up, down and all around the rocks is a bit tiring! It was also pretty hot and humid.

Highlights for me were the treehouse, the cool geology & seclusion of the middle of the loop and also the waterfall dam. I did also see someone’s shelter tucked away and I didn’t get too close since I was solo, lol. I only saw one other woman hiking solo on the loop portion, but did see a solid amount of people once closer to the TH.

The water levels were pretty low; looked less than half full and the shallow areas were covered in algae. The sunset was a total stunner which was an awesome bonus! Really glad I got outside and always love exploring new places!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Sporadic on the loop. A good amount near the TH.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Watson Lake 26-50% full 26-50% full
The water level was VERY low, but people were still kayaking and SUP. I’d guess less than half, refer to photos.
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