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Willow Lake Loop Trail
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mini location map2023-04-29
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Willow Lake Loop TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking6.37 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking6.37 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.03 mph
588 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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Willow Lake (officially, Willow Creek Reservoir) is a haven for birds. According to birding experts, the following were seen in a single visit: tundra swans, cormorants, northern shovelers, canvasback ducks, buffleheads, mallards, northern pintails, gadwalls, ruddy ducks, green-winged teal, American wigeon, American coots, common mergansers, a bald eagle, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels a northern harrier, a canyon wren, a female belted kingfisher, black and say’s phoebes, savannah sparrows, red-winged blackbirds, and three species of grebes-western, eared and pied-billed. Depending on the season, there are songbirds and hummingbirds. I saw mallards, Canadian geese and a bald eagle while hiking. On the first Saturday of every month, the Archaeological Society, Yavapai Chapter opens the sites at the north side of the lake.

This is the high water route after the the long monsoon of 2022 and wet winter of 2023 refilled the lake. Distance is accurate for when the lake is full. Compare the April 29, 2023 photoset with the photos taken in January 2021 after several years of drought. The route departs from the trail indicated by white dots where the dots appeared to head into the water. Both the start and end of this bouldering are marked on the route.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Hedgehog cacti in the rocks near east end of the lake. At least a dozen species, including Indian paintbrush, mostly west and south of the lake.

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