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Aug 10 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 68
 Photos 5,220
 Triplogs 649

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
 no routes
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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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

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Nov 25 2017
DbleDutch
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 Photos 191
 Triplogs 63

male
 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
 no routes
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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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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May 31 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 77
 Photos 7,178
 Triplogs 2,511

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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Tortoise Hiking. Stop and smell the Petrichor.
Apr 16 2016
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 76
 Photos 3,122
 Triplogs 398

61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Constellation Willow Watson Lake Loop, AZ 
Constellation Willow Watson Lake Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2016
rayhuston
Hiking16.05 Miles 1,747 AEG
Hiking16.05 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   2.60 mph
1,747 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
The more I hike around Prescott, the more I like it. Joe tossed out a starting point (the Constellation trails) for this hike and Bruce filled out the rest. The result is a gem. A beautiful granite landscape dominates a big chunk of the hike while giant cottonwoods add variety and splendor along the way. The weather, while a bit windy at times, was perfect otherwise. We did have to improvise to connect the dots, but it worked out well. Lots of large swarming gnats chased us around the east side of Willow Lake on the return, but that was a minor inconvenience for a few minutes on an otherwise great hike.

Bruce and Joe, thanks for inviting me along. As always, I had a tremendous time!
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Apr 16 2016
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 789
 Photos 9,056
 Triplogs 1,061

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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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

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Dave Barry
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Mar 11 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
 Photos 542
 Triplogs 500

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
 no routesno photosets
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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"I've driven across deserts, driven by the irony, that only being shackled to the road could ever I be free"
- Frank Turner "The Road"
Oct 07 2015
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

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
 no routes
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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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Aug 01 2015
chumley
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 Guides 74
 Routes 666
 Photos 13,032
 Triplogs 1,405

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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Highway to hell
Aug 01 2015
clairebear
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 Photos 178
 Triplogs 158

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
 no routesno photosets
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
John9L
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 Guides 6
 Routes 170
 Photos 4,848
 Triplogs 1,619

male
 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
 no routesno photosets
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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Dec 21 2014
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
 Routes 98
 Photos 9,967
 Triplogs 1,009

59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 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
330 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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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Nov 22 2014
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 728
 Triplogs 2,886

38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Over The Hill TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2014
Booneman
Hiking3.00 Miles 155 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.40 mph
155 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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My oldest sister is in town again, so I planned a day trip to Prescott for some hiking and to see a little more of Arizona's history. We did the Thumb Butte loop, had lunch in town at the Prescott Brewing Company and then went to Watson Lake. We hiked the Northshore trail to the dam and back in time to catch the sunset over the lake. It was spectacular!
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Jun 04 2013
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
 Routes 149
 Photos 5,534
 Triplogs 1,317

41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Over The Hill TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 04 2013
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 446 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
446 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Flume Trail and Over The Hill Trail after work, then back the same way.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Apr 26 2013
PrestonSands
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 Guides 168
 Routes 149
 Photos 5,534
 Triplogs 1,317

41 male
 Joined Apr 12 2004
 Oro Valley, AZ
Over The Hill TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2013
PrestonSands
Hiking3.00 Miles 446 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
446 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Watson Dam Trail to Flume Trail to Over The Hill Trail, then return the same way. A relaxing evening hike, just enjoying the flowing water, fresh green leaves, cactus flowers, and granite formations.
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"I'm going for a coffee, but you never know when a hike might break out." -Jim Gaffigan
Aug 03 2012
Dennyforreal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 149
 Triplogs 131

34 male
 Joined May 04 2012
 Denver, CO
Discovery Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2012
Dennyforreal
Hiking6.20 Miles 535 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   4.13 mph
535 ft AEG      45 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
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Sep 17 2011
Randal_Schulha
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 Guides 71
 Routes 98
 Photos 9,967
 Triplogs 1,009

59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 17 2011
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.43 mph
500 ft AEG
 no routes
Best of Watson Lake - September 2011

Prescott represents a "black hole" for me - never really hiked in the area. I've been intrigued by some stunning photos from Watson Lake filed away in the memory bank (http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=180306 , http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=84851 , http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=28807 , http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=73139 ) and had this destination on the "TO DO" list for some time. A check on the Watson Lake weather forecast for this Saturday (Hi 78degF, sunny skies), and Lynn, dogs, and I were off to Prescott.

First stop; Watson Dam Trail/Flume Trail Loop. Curious what was generating the loud chirping sound - frogs?

Second stop; Watson Lake Park. Paid the $2 entrance fee and explored parts of the Circle Trail, Lower Granite Creek Trail (aka Discovery Trail) and lots of rock hopping through the granite dells.

Photos to follow...
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Watson Lake
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Oct 09 2010
The_Eagle
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 Guides 5
 Routes 789
 Photos 9,056
 Triplogs 1,061

63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Northshore Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2010
The_Eagle
Hiking6.71 Miles 795 AEG
Hiking6.71 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   1.77 mph
795 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went out to spend the day around Watson Lake hiking and kayaking. Started out at the TH for the Watson Dam trail and looking for a route around the Lake clockwise. I'm amazed at how few HAZ'ers have been up to this area.

Climbing in and out of the rocks led to some gorgeous views. There is a real sweet riparian area abutting the base of the Watson Lake dam. It was a very peaceful hike with very few hikers for a Saturday. There are many areas to explore around the rocky outcroppings on the lake.

The hike was quite enjoyable on all but the road hike to get back to the car.

Here a collection of short videos taken from around the lake.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsnqvVBoJJg


My clockwise route around the Lake took me on:
Watson Dam Trail,
Flume Trail,
Over the Hill Trail,
Lakeshore Trail,
Peavine Trail,
Lower Granite Creek Discovery Trail,
Watson Lake Trail (Circle Trail),
Route 89a (.5 mile)
East Granite Dells Trail (.2 mile)
Fauna
Fauna
Rock Squirrel
Culture
Culture
Dam - Power Plant
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Dave Barry
Jun 12 2010
Stoic
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 Routes 190
 Photos 4,511
 Triplogs 378

43 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Dam Trail - Watson LakePrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2010
Stoic
Hiking4.25 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   3 Hrs      1.42 mph
150 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
I did this hike a year ago, and realized I didn't log it.

My son and I hiked all the way around Watson Lake. Some of it off trail.
We started at the Watson park then hiked off trail to the Circle lake trail. After the loop, we hiked the Over the Hill Trail to the lake shore trail. Then made our way back to the park.
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