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Northshore Trail - Watson Lake - 18 members in 51 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 10 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 68
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking6.30 Miles 689 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.35 mph
689 ft AEG      48 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
First time to Watson Lake. I was expecting a simple walk around the shoreline with some rocks to play on, but the dells along the north shore were mysterious and we spent some time exploring. We found a makeshift shelter that had a definite creepy vibe. Lots of blood sucking mosquitoes fed on our group, especially while exploring along the stagnant north shore coves.
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Nov 25 2017
DbleDutch
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 Photos 191
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 Joined Dec 10 2009
 Tempe, AZ
Flume Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
DbleDutch
Hiking3.00 Miles
Hiking3.00 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.29 mph
   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Wondered the white spot trails north of Watson Lake from the Granite Dells TH. So many trails and could not name them all. Enjoyed the base of the dam and the cooling mist from the discharge. Too warm for the elevation and this late in Nov. Oh well helped burn some Tday calories.
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May 31 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 77
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking5.20 Miles 868 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.71 mph
868 ft AEG
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Another fun hike out of my Boots and Burgers book. I wanted to start from the Watson Lake Park. I didn't plan right and got there an hour before it opened. I just waited but I had to skip my lunch plan later in the day :( . Cool little area. :)
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Apr 16 2016
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Constellation Willow-Watson Loop, AZ 
Constellation Willow-Watson Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking16.19 Miles 1,756 AEG
Hiking16.19 Miles   7 Hrs   38 Mns   2.54 mph
1,756 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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: 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 :next: 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 :next: 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.
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Mar 11 2016
Charger55
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40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2016
Charger55
Hiking5.50 Miles
Hiking5.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.38 mph
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1st trip
Once around the lake. I don't think my wife would've waited for me if I went around twice. Then again, I had the car keys. We did a fair amount of birding along the way. Northern Shovelers were the popular sighting of the day. Two geese attempted to attack us. They met their fate at the end of my trekking poles.
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Oct 07 2015
mazatzal
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61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Watson & Willow, AZ 
Watson & Willow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2015
mazatzal
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.53 mph
1,100 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
Watson Lake Circle Trail should be renamed “Links (not Lynx) Lake Circle Trail” :lol: :roll:

I did Watson clockwise and Willow counterclockwise. These loops are okay but in both cases the part in the Granite Dells is very cool while the rest is a bit monotonous. I saw very few people on either loop. Weather was great, a bit cool at the beginning but very pleasant later.
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Aug 08 2015
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Kayak avatar Aug 08 2015
Randal_Schulhauser
Kayak2.50 Miles
Kayak2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.00 mph
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Kayaking with Lynn up in Prescott. Not sure how I missed getting one of these when I stopped to gas up the F-150 :next: [ photo ]
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Aug 01 2015
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2015
chumley
Hiking5.66 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.46 mph
681 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Culture can only be bookended with adventure, and Watson Lake fit the bill.

9L wanted to get as many links in the shortest hike possible, so he went to HAZmasterB for research -- and Bruce's hiking history directed us to this gem of link heaven :y:
(Richard, I expect to see you up here in the next two weeks ;) )

There was some kind of car show in the Watson Lake Park, so we had to fight traffic to get in, but once there it was quite a peaceful hike. Only saw a couple of people on the circumference until the Peavine Trail. Below the dam is the most "strenuous" part of the hike and nobody goes there. It was stupid humid out and we were all soaked and ready for a swim. Too bad I wouldn't touch this water in a HAZmat suit!

Clouds made for some nice lighting though. South end of the lake is rather boring, Claire got to ogle some firefighters in action so that was good I guess. :roll:

We had a quick snack before continuing our adventure trifecta.
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Granite Creek Dam Watson Lake
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Aug 01 2015
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Watson Lake Kayak, AZ 
Watson Lake Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 01 2015
chumley
Kayak3.17 Miles 41 AEG
Kayak3.17 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   2.61 mph
41 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Pleasant paddle on a scenic lake. A handful of other boats out there (there's a rental facility available). A storm to the south of town kept our eyes on the sky, but it skirted well to the west. Only one boomer had us briefly considering abandoning ship.

This lake has so many little islands and coves that despite it being relatively small, you can easily spend a couple hours out here exploring.

In one way, I would have liked to swim. And in another I'm glad it's not permitted. This place would be a zoo.
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Granite Creek Dam Watson Lake
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Aug 01 2015
clairebear
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37 female
 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2015
clairebear
Hiking5.66 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.46 mph
681 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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1st trip
I know two guys who were a bit tired after a weekend of more miles than normal so it was a nice occasion to get in a chill day on the water. Before we enjoyed a relaxing lake paddle, we opted to hike the circumference trail.

Weird day, since none of us expected to have to fight our way through a car show in order to get to lake parking. After that we hit the trails which were pretty quiet for an urban hike. The first couple of miles were through the Dells and very rocky and followed some stupid white dots every couple of feet to stay on trail. Eventually the trail goes beyond where the lake is dammed and it becomes very lush and green. We walked over to as close to the dam as we could get to check it out. The water from the dam pools into quiet little ponds that are home to some very large frogs. Afterwards we checked out some coves where Chumley found a bum house and also a tree house. Eventually we picked up the Peavine trail and were able to walk very quickly back to the car. The Peavine trail
has nice views of the lake on one side, and eventually takes an interesting turn on the opposite side.
Interesting views- a police training facility and a firefighter
training facility where we watched the fire men in action. Neat.

So, basically our quiet lake hike turned into, avoiding a car show, chumley almost walking into a bums house, exploring a questionable tree house and then watching some firefighters put out a mock fire. :)
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Aug 01 2015
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 Tempe, AZ
Watson Lake Kayak, AZ 
Watson Lake Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 01 2015
clairebear
Kayak1.75 Miles 41 AEG
Kayak1.75 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   1.44 mph
41 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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1st trip
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chumley
John9L
Watson Lake is another place I have been wanting to explore- photos make it look so awesome.

The cloudy ominous weather contributed to making this a memorable day as well. We had fun exploring the coves and its a very scenic paddle trip. Once we were ready to head back we faced some strong headwinds but ultimately it was wonderful to get back on the water and I remembered how much I love paddling.

Thanks Chumley for hauling up the yaks and driving :D
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Aug 01 2015
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2015
John9L
Hiking5.66 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.46 mph
681 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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1st trip
This was a nice and easy loop before our planned kayaking trip. We made a clockwise loop around the lake. The hiking is okay but the views are nice. Some sections are a little rugged but easy overall. The dam was really cool and that area is very lush.
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John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Watson Lake Kayak, AZ 
Watson Lake Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 01 2015
John9L
Kayak3.17 Miles 41 AEG
Kayak3.17 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   2.61 mph
41 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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1st trip
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chumley
clairebear
Fun Kayak with Chumley and Claire. Our going was very easy as we explored the coves and made a clockwise loop around the lake. A storm was off to the south but wasn't an issue. Nice day on the water. Thanks Chumley for driving!
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Jul 25 2015
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ 
Prescott Lakes Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2015
outdoor_lover
Hiking3.00 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
450 ft AEG
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1st trip
Don't get your Hopes up, this is not The Eagle's Route....45 Miles in 1 Day? I don't think so.... :sl:

This was a Casual Day visiting Prescott...So Casual, that I didn't leave the House until 10:00 A.M. I just had to be somewhere at 5:00....I haven't spent much Time in Prescott since my Road Construction Days, so it was way overdue...Visited a "Lake" that I've never seen, visited another Lake that I haven't seen since I was 10, and visited a Lake that I've only seen from Highway 89....I would be Meeting several People at the last Lake for a Sunset Photo Shoot...Good Excuse to actually visit this Lake finally and also just to spend some Time in Prescott... :)

Before actually hitting the first of the Lakes, I took a Drive looking for some Pronghorn...Found 3 Different Herds but Photos were very Tough due to Heat Distortion...I got there too late in the Morning for good Light and better Shots...Once I was done enjoying them, I hit the first "Lake"....

Fain Park and "Lake"....I've heard this is a Good Birding Spot in the Winter so I decided to check it out...It's basically a small City Park...Anyone that calls this a Lake must be from Minnesota... :lol: It's about 2 Acres, maybe, and if you could actually just Walk the Shoreline all the way around at a Decent Clip, it would take you about 5 Minutes... ;) There is a very Interesting Mining Equipment Exhibit on the Shoreline. I'm surprised some of the Equipment doesn't magically disappear, but with some of it, it would be a Major Undertaking, which would most likely be Noticed, even down there... :sweat: I decided to Hike the Canyon Trail, around the "Lake" and past the Dam into the "Canyon" below. It's supposed to be a Loop and it is, but the City needs to add a couple of more Signs on the North Side. And remove an old "Private Road Do Not Enter" Sign on the Road that they actually use for part of the Trail... :roll: It got a bit confusing and I ended up avoiding the Road and just walking up the Hill through the Desert to get back near the Parking Lot...For those that might be interested, the "Trail" goes through the Parking Lot of the Church...I ended up almost crashing a Wedding.... :lol: It was getting pretty warm by the Time I got back to the Escape, so it was Time to hit something a little Higher... :D

Lynx Lake...Haven't seen this Lake since I was 10...To say it's changed a bit may be an Understatement... :sweat: Took me about 10 Minutes just to nab a Parking Spot and then I hit the Trail...Didn't go even halfway, which was fine as I really didn't have Time to do the whole thing anyway. I found a Woodpecker that I've been wanting to get some Decent Photos of...I Stalked it and ended up following it Home, so I set up a Vigil there for about an Hour... :sweat: After I was done, I meandered back towards the Parking Lot just dinking around with the Camera...There's a Shot I would love to get of this Lake at Sunrise some time, and I'd like to Hike the whole thing on the Super Highway they are calling a Trail....Back up to the Parking Lot and onward to my next Lake....

Watson Lake...Seen many Times from the Highway, but I've never actually been to the Lake...The Photo Club I belong to was having a Shoot here, so it was a good Time to start getting acquainted with it...It's as Cool as it looked from the Highway and More...Spent a lot of Time Hiking along some of the Trails, Scrambling up on the Rocks and wearing down a Battery in the Camera....It didn't look like we were going to have much for Clouds at Sunset, but a Fire off in the Distance provided some Color...I think it may have been from a Managed Fire near Williams...After the Sunset, I set my Camera on a Rock since I don't have a Tripod right now and got some Longer Exposures... :D It was a Good Afternoon and Evening and I'm glad I went...I could certainly see spending more Time here, both at Lynx and Watson. There are other Lakes here too that I need to see as well.... :D

Good Trip to Prescott....Nice to finally spend some Time here without actually working on a Highway.... :D
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Jul 12 2015
Randal_Schulha
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 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Kayak avatar Jul 12 2015
Randal_Schulhauser
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Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
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Got rained on Prescott ☔️
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Mar 08 2015
RickVincent
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 Mesa, AZ
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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RickVincent
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The Granite Dells, one of my favorite places. This is the place to go if you are into scrambling over boulders or parkour training. Great lake for kayaking as well. Sticking to the trail was not the preferred option for me.

Climbed, hopped, jumped across narrow ravines. Fun stuff and the granite is super grippy.

When I was done playing, hopped in the kayak and paddled around the lake for a few hours with friends.
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Dec 21 2014
Randal_Schulha
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking6.23 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking6.23 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.27 mph
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First day of winter trek to Watson Lake with Lynn and Chryssie (Skippy stayed at home). Parked at the Peavine TH near the Humane Society at the corner of Prescott Lakes Parkway and Sundog Ranch Road.

Perfect hiking weather (and it's winter time!) :D
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 Gilbert, AZ
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
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Took out-of-town guests up to Preskitt for an easy hike around Lake Watson. Great weather with moody threatening skies but we only had one small shower that lasted about 5 minutes. Rock formations along the west side are always crowd pleasers.
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Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
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Randal_Schulhauser
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Watson Lake – Prescott AZ

Headed up to Watson Lake for some kayaking with Lynn and our Shi Tzu. Lake was at maximum height from all the recent rain. Our timing was perfect since a deluge started just as we were leaving the park…

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Lake was at maximum height from all the recent rains...
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