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Jul 22 2020
fricknaley
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44 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2020
fricknaley
Hiking5.20 Miles 614 AEG
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we did the loop around watson lake. went clockwise. first time out here. we had an absolute blast messing around out on the north end in particular. great scenery!

storm blew through right at the end, so we had lunch in the car to wait it out. after the storm passed by, we went canoeing for a couple hours. that was so cool. post storm sky really made the scenery great and there was almost nobody out there. saw a bald eagle! first time for all of us.

excellent day all around
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May 28 2020
kingsnake
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2020
kingsnake
Hiking5.75 Miles 530 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   2.74 mph
530 ft AEG
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Pretty warm, even in the morning, with plenty of humidity. I was a sweat hog. Enjoyed the shady Watson Dam area. Instructions to follow white dots are BS: EVERY trail has white dots! I added a mile to my distance for the at least eight times I followed the wrong white dots. Good thing I had a GPS. I could see someone getting lost in there. Climbing dells in the northern half of the loop better workout than the meager AEG would indicate. Scenic as expected. Stopped by south boat ramp to chat with Karts Huseonica, who is canoing the Yukon River this summer https://www.yukon2020.com . (A year or two ago, Karts set the age record for oldest AZT yoyo.) Afterwards, cookout and desperately needed adult beverages at La Casa Prescottstyle.
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Aug 10 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 79
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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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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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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Aug 10 2019
Gallydoll
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32 female
 Joined Jan 11 2018
 Scottsdale
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
Gallydoll
Hiking5.05 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.44 mph
550 ft AEG
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This was a beautiful hike. There was a lot of different flowers, lots of grasshoppers and dragonflies. We found a little shelter home in the boulders. It was humid and the water seemed a little low.
Jun 01 2019
stacyboyd
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 Joined May 27 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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stacyboyd
Hiking4.95 Miles 316 AEG
Hiking4.95 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.36 mph
316 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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Headed out on Watson Lake Loop this past Sat around 8am. Weather in PHX was in the mid 90's, but here was still in the 70's with a nice breeze. Beautiful day and we didn't see too many people on the trail until we were on the eastern side by the bike path. Nice hike with not too much gain.. only on the North side by the granite boulders.. this was the best part of the hike, climbing up and down the rocks and following the white dots for the trail.
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Mar 20 2019
sleepybear929
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36 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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sleepybear929
Hiking5.05 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles
550 ft AEG
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Mar 17 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Watson Lake/ Prescott adventure
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Jan 26 2019
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2019
tibber
Hiking3.00 Miles 25 AEG
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This was actually a photo shoot that involved limited hiking but we did do part of the Peavine Trail on Saturday after a sunrise shoot that wasn't very fruitful. We hiked about 1.50 miles or so to an inlet area. My mileage was deleted during the Route Scout update. I forgot to upload it.

We practiced a couple different photo techniques on the way in. There were lots of ducks and some cormorants out on the water, mostly just getting up from their afternoon naps. We did get to see a tree full of branches loaded with birds and a Great Blue Heron. We spent a lot of time here before heading back after another dud for a sunset. Instead, the sunset we got was as were heading back but it wasn't that spectacular either AND I lost one of my favorite earrings which we couldn't locate as it was too dark.

The next morning we rose early for another cold sunrise that gave us that pink hue for about 5 minutes. Luckily there was lots of bird life around including geese, Golden Eye ducks, Scooper ducks and mallards. There was also a Great Blue Heron.

It would have been nice to spend more time hiking around the area but just being there for photography, even in the cold AM, was kind of nice. The last time I was here was with my brother and we had such a great hike [ photoset ] . I took a lot of pictures back then too. I had also been here with my mom and our two friends but not for hiking, just for gawking. It is such a unique and fun part of Arizona.

Both days: [ youtube video ]
Wildlife only video: [ youtube video ]
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Apr 04 2018
Sun_Ray
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72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2018
Sun_Ray
Hiking4.90 Miles 403 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.35 mph
403 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
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We came in the main pay gate (free on Wednesdays) and drove straight ahead past the second restroom building. There was a parking lot on the left and we could see the trailhead sign before we made the left into the lot. Judy and I did this hike clockwise. Hiking it clockwise gives you the 'dells' right from the get go. There was about a mile and a half of boulder/rock trail. Good flow of water being released out the back of the dam...good to hear the roar as we approached. After that we could see a dirt road ahead with bikers and runners and determined this was the Peavine Trail. At this point the flat dirt road looked good to us so we bypassed a about 1.5 miles of trail closer to the lake. The last few miles is not very exciting with a well maintained smooth trail and not a lot of views of the lake. For me this hike would be better if you hiked clockwise for about 2.5 miles and turned around.
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Dec 02 2017
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking18.59 Miles 2,034 AEG
Hiking18.59 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   2.89 mph
2,034 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break14 LBS Pack
 
The final leg of our 58 mile loop around Prescott, started at the Peavine TH in the low 40's.

The low morning sun cast intriguing shadows on the rocks and trees around Watson Lake. The lake was busy with waterfowl of all types. Willow Lake was just as thick with ducks and geese.

We climbed out of Willow Lake, to Emery Riddle and an RC plane doing aerobatics.

The middle section today was a pleasant mix of tall grasses, mixed conifer, rolling hills, and long views.

After lunch we made the final push ending in a gorgeous stand of pines.

It was great catching up after five weeks away from the gang.

Good times gentlemen :y:

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Puddles where it crossed the trail

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Dec 02 2017
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2017
joebartels
Hiking18.44 Miles 1,982 AEG
Hiking18.44 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.88 mph
1,982 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
We brought the PCT Trail full circle. Today was the 3rd leg Bruce created breaking the PCT into 3 reasonable segments for day hikes. I enjoyed the entire circle. That said this would be the area least appealing to most.

Started out in the first cold weather morning of the season. 'Twas spectacular skirting Watson & Willow lakes. The tail end of Autumn Foliage had the massive cottonwoods screaming y(h)ellow in the low morning sun.

The majority of the hike along Pioneer Pkwy, Williamson Valley Rd and a local neighborhood would unlikely interest the masses. Personally I enjoyed seeing how it connected but wouldn't be jumping for a redo.

We hiked this man club style doing each segment in the direction of the most aeg. Which was an appreciated group tactic to keep me from crying like a baby👶

Thx to B&D for setting up all the necessary shuttles!
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Dec 02 2017
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ 
Prescott Circle Trail - Act 3, AZ
 
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking18.40 Miles 1,976 AEG
Hiking18.40 Miles   7 Hrs   27 Mns   2.86 mph
1,976 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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Joe suggested the PCT earlier in the year and Bruce and I jumped on board. Bruce and Route Editor broke it into three day hikes for us. This was our third and final section. This one had the most street walking but was still enjoyable with the company I had. The diverse terrain, Joe's singing capabilities and mirthful sense of humor, Bruce's cerebral conversation, and me to keep balance :D, I found hiking the Prescott Circle Trail quite entertaining. Dallin and I have very different capabilities and both did the PCT we were capable of :o :oops: . Even this one I had to do as a slackpacker. My hats off to Dallin and the real PCT.
Another enjoyable day with Joe and Bruce in the Arizona Outdoors... :y:
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May 29 2017
Eartheist
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49 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking2.30 Miles 190 AEG
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190 ft AEG
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Mar 29 2017
hikerdw
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 Routes 165
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61 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2017
hikerdw
Hiking5.05 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.33 mph
550 ft AEG
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I had some comp time so Kelley and I decided on a day trip to Prescott for a hike, lunch and beer, and a little antique shopping. When in Prescott I always stop in at the Honey Man store to see if they have any Fairy Duster honey. They didn't. The best tasting honey I have ever had.
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Nov 15 2016
leonesiegel
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62 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2016
leonesiegel
Hiking5.20 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.73 mph
550 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Lived in Prescott area 1991-97 and never did this hike, better late than never! Nice hike, kind of two hikes, started from south boat ramp, in a clockwise direction, the first half, through the Dells is pretty and towards the north end a little "sketchy" as one triplog noted. Be careful not to take a spur trail in this area. Loved the hike through the Dells, nice spots with water. After leaving the Dells hooking up with the road is not quite as much fun. Glad we did the hike!
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Oct 21 2016
Booneman
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Booneman
Run/Jog12.10 Miles 318 AEG
Run/Jog12.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   8.07 mph
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Had the day off work, after camping in Sedona I drove down 89A to the northern terminus of the Peavine and ran over to Watson Lake Park and back.
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Jul 16 2016
climbrock5
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 Joined Mar 04 2016
 Peoria, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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climbrock5
Hiking5.05 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.44 mph
550 ft AEG
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Hiked around the lake. The temperature was nice when we started around 9a.m. However, the humidity picked up about half way through. The prior weekend a local told me to avoid a parking fee and hike about a 1 mile trail to the Dam. We went all the way to the dam and then climbed up a ladder and then a few sketchy climbing moves before it dawned on me that wasn't the trail. If anyone knows why the ladders are their please let me know. Hiked back about 20-30 yards went up the hill and completed the loop. Spent the remainder of the day at brewery.

Would have been a perfect day had the humidity not been so bad.
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Jun 25 2016
SpiderLegs
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53 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Hiking5.05 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.84 mph
550 ft AEG
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Keeping a low profile the past two weeks since my race a couple of weeks ago. Combination of resting and trying to lay low from the heat. Ventured out today to explore a new trail and show Olivia around Prescott, since she's never been there. A very leisurely stroll around the lake, even in Prescott the temps jumped up fast this morning. Started off in the upper 60's at 7:00 AM and was in the 80's by the time we finished. Did a clockwise loop around the lake and for the most part stayed the course and followed the white dots. Went off trail a few times to explore.

Finished off the morning by hanging out downtown and grabbing lunch & beer at Prescott Brewing Company.
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May 31 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Watson Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking5.20 Miles 868 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.71 mph
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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
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Constellation Willow Watson Lake Loop, AZ 
Constellation Willow Watson Lake Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2016
joebartels
Hiking15.91 Miles 1,644 AEG
Hiking15.91 Miles   7 Hrs   40 Mns   2.58 mph
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Last summer I spent several hours tracing up the constellation trails. Driving by the area intrigued me so I looked it up online. Prescott is dialed in on being a trail friendly community and it shows in all the details.

On a whim I remembered and mentioned it to Bruce. He made it sing adding in Willow and Watson lakes. Prescott hadn't been an area that intrigued me much other than Granite & Groom. It's been growing on me a little over the years.

Yesterday I pulled a leg muscle. This seemed easy enough that I could hobble it out with a trekking pole.

The Constellation Trails are well marked with "you are here" maps at major junctions. The area was popular on this chilly April morning and on our return with more families. If you're an avid hiker with family/friends that get bored/whiny after a mile or two they might enjoy a little loop through this disneyland of granite.

Bruce sold the Willow leg as the boring part of the hike. We all enjoyed it more than expected. Temps and a little jaunt through huge cottonwoods on the peninsula did the trick.

Like all of the loop I'd never been to the famed Watson Lake. Seems like everyone gets a great photo here and now I know why. Aravaipa Running had an event going on. Ray and I held back a tad as Bruce hiked by the onlookers and through the finish line backwards. They cheered finishers coming in and didn't yell at him so we proceeded. A minute or two later I was standing at the postcard shot of the lake. Not a cloud in the sky when we started but they raced in just as we arrived. After marveling the scene I noticed the perfect snow capped San Francisco Peaks back yonder. Wow... forwards, backwards and upside-down Mom!

We lunched overlooking Granite Creek just before the dam. Squads were out enjoying the weekend lake vibes. After lunch Bruce escorted us over to the dam. Water shoots out from high above. It would be really nice on a hot day. Continuing on is a cottonwood paradise high above the creek. This would be another great area to take non hiking friends for an hour of piddling around as parking is near.

To make the loop work we needed to cross private property. Got lucky as a man was taking out trash to the garbage. Ray asked the REI shirted gentleman and our dream loop came true.

This hike put Prescott on the map for me.
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