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Prescott Constellation Trails - 5 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 09 2020
bakerag
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 Routes 15
 Photos 75
 Triplogs 45

46 male
 Joined Nov 11 2009
 Prescott, AZ
Prescott Constellation TrailsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2020
bakerag
Hiking1.01 Miles 60 AEG
Hiking1.01 Miles      30 Mns   2.02 mph
60 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
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Jul 24 2020
fricknaley
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 Guides 93
 Routes 388
 Photos 4,001
 Triplogs 3,192

46 male
 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Prescott Constellation TrailsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2020
fricknaley
Hiking2.60 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
370 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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after the big storm passed through, we got a break in the rain and headed out to constellation park to hike and climb around in the big rocks.

super cool place. we had a great time here. made a loop out of a bunch of the trails. only saw a couple people.
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Jun 21 2019
sleepybear929
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 Triplogs 72

38 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Prescott Constellation TrailsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2019
sleepybear929
Hiking3.35 Miles 23 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles
23 ft AEG
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A nice day out with the daughter. Weather was perfect, warm with a nice breeze. Couple people out enjoying the amazing weather and the nice trail system.
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Jun 15 2019
richvosko
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 Routes 26
 Triplogs 275

35 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Prescott Constellation TrailsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
richvosko
Hiking3.00 Miles 368 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
368 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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May 30 2019
sleepybear929
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 Triplogs 72

38 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Prescott Constellation TrailsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 30 2019
sleepybear929
Hiking3.35 Miles 23 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles
23 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 11 2018
sleepybear929
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 Triplogs 72

38 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Prescott Constellation TrailsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2018
sleepybear929
Hiking3.35 Miles 23 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles
23 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Feb 05 2018
sleepybear929
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 Triplogs 72

38 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Prescott Constellation TrailsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2018
sleepybear929
Hiking3.35 Miles 23 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles
23 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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May 28 2016
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
 Routes 805
 Photos 10,325
 Triplogs 1,636

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Constellation Willow Lake Loop, AZ 
Constellation Willow Lake Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 28 2016
The_Eagle
Hiking9.35 Miles 1,040 AEG
Hiking9.35 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   2.29 mph
1,040 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break14 LBS Pack
 
The convocation of Deb and I spent, a portion of the day playin' in the bolder wonderland of The Constellation Trail System and Willow Lake.

I was surprised to still see the Cormorants in the Huge Cottonwood tree, on the Cottonwood Spur trail. I counted at least 8 nests in that tree with 16+. The roosting noises they make are a cross between the oinking of a pig and the noises penguins make. Kind of eerie actually.

There are endless possibilities out here, with the two lakes in close proximity to each other and all the bolder exploring you could do.

It got a little warmer than the forecast high I believe, but the breezes kept it tolerable.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Willow Creek Reservoir 51-75% full 51-75% full
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Dave Barry
Apr 16 2016
joebartels
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 Guides 245
 Routes 837
 Photos 12,327
 Triplogs 4,977

51 male
 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
1,644 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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.
Culture
Culture
Memorial Point
Named place
Named place
Granite Dells
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
some indian paintbrush, nothing else rings a bell
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Apr 16 2016
rayhuston
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 Guides 1
 Routes 83
 Photos 3,971
 Triplogs 683

64 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
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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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Granite Creek Granite Dells
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Apr 16 2016
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
 Routes 805
 Photos 10,325
 Triplogs 1,636

65 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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Watson Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Willow Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Willow Creek Reservoir 51-75% full 51-75% full
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There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
Dave Barry
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average hiking speed 2.41 mph

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