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Secret Cove - Watson Lake - 3 members in 7 triplogs have rated this an average 3.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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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

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Watson Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
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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.
Mar 11 2016
Charger55
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 Guides 4
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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
 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
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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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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
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Aug 01 2015
chumley
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 Guides 74
 Routes 666
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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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Named place
Granite Creek Dam Watson Lake
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Highway to hell
Aug 01 2015
clairebear
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 Photos 178
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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
 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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 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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average hiking speed 2.33 mph

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