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Aug 10 2019
Nightstalker
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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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Sep 08 2018
mt98dew
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49 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2018
mt98dew
Hiking10.94 Miles 79 AEG
Hiking10.94 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   6.19 mph
79 ft AEG
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First hike of my daily double. Started from the Peavine TH (south end) around 6:30. TH has parking for close to 40 vehicles, a decent trail map of the Watson Lake trails and a nice map of the Prescott Trail system. There are bathrooms at this TH and a drinking fountain.

There are a couple of ways that I grade a trail. How pretty is the terrain that the trail is going through and how well does it interact with that terrain. The Peavine scored points on the later (at least for the first few miles) but no points on former. The trial is flat, straight and smooth. Very boring in that regard. However, because of that, it does make an ideal jogging trail that allows you to get some easy miles and still enjoy the scenery. For the first .5 miles there are some commercial businesses on the south side. But they quickly fade away and your left with small grassy fields enclosed by granite hills that become more pronounced as you continue. The north side presents some nice, but limited views of Watson Lake and the granite dells that buffer it. There are several nice Kodak moments. The jog was uneventful as I went from the south end to the northern end of the Peavine Trail. Very nice up to the Iron King Trail, but it becomes more lackluster as I continued north. There are quite a few connector trails that feed into the Peavine Trail, most of them occurring in the first few miles. I did notice one that was closer to the northern end, though it seemed to be more of a subdivision trail. Also, there appeared to be a trail (more like a road) that continued north from the northern parking lot. I followed it through the culvert (one of the bigger culverts I've been through) but didn't see a trail name and wasn't overly inspired by what I saw. Also, looking at trail maps (and some minimal exploring on my part) showed that there were trails heading west and then north from the southern TH. Trails were not signed, but the map makes me think they may be considered part of the Peavine Trail. :? The Riparian area located at the southern TH was closed. Unsure the status of this area.

The northern TH has parking for 15+ vehicles. However, there were no facilities at this end. Both TH are pay TH. Currently the cost is $3 for all day parking.

Nice easy run, with some nice sights. Will have to come back to hit some of the single track trails. Trails were busy, but not as busy as I would have expected. Encountered 18 hikers, 15 bikers and 11 trail runners. Wildlife was minimal....a squirrel and a rabbit.

Addendum: Came back to this trail on 10/6 and picked up from the parking lot on the north side. (This is where I had turned around on my 9/8 visit). Followed the trail as it went under the culvert and then headed north. From the parking lot the trail goes for about .8 miles before coming to an old railway bridge that has been fenced off. There is a bench positioned here overlooking low lying grasslands. The trail out to this point had been on a raised berm - the only remains of where the tracks use to run, so there is a somewhat elevated of the surrounding land. There is a sign on the fence that says trail temporarily closed. So who is to say what may come about down the road... or track as it were :) . Did this hike near the end of the day with my wife. Weather was awesome. Great times.
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Apr 04 2018
sleepybear929
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35 female
 Joined Feb 14 2017
 Prescott Valley,
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2018
sleepybear929
Hiking6.00 Miles 79 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
79 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Apr 04 2018
Sun_Ray
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71 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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Sep 21 2017
adenium
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45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2017
adenium
Hiking3.00 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles      29 Mns   6.21 mph
70 ft AEG
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Another quick trail run in Prescott.
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Sep 20 2017
adenium
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45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2017
adenium
Hiking6.00 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour      6.00 mph
70 ft AEG
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Visiting Prescott for a conference. Got up early to do a quick trail run on the Peavine.
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Oct 21 2016
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 21 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog12.10 Miles 318 AEG
Run/Jog12.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   8.07 mph
318 ft AEG
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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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Sep 22 2016
adenium
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45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2016
adenium
Hiking6.00 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour      6.00 mph
70 ft AEG
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Did a second run on the Peavine to enjoy the weather and get a little exercise.
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Sep 21 2016
adenium
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45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2016
adenium
Hiking6.00 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   1 Hour      6.00 mph
70 ft AEG
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Visiting Prescott for the annual state GIS conference and made my usual run along the Peavine.
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May 31 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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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
joebartels
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49 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
 
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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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some indian paintbrush, nothing else rings a bell
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Apr 16 2016
rayhuston
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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
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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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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
 
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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 12 2016
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 12 2016
Booneman
Run/Jog13.00 Miles 356 AEG
Run/Jog13.00 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   9.29 mph
356 ft AEG
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Even though it was cold and blustery, I had a solid workout running through the Granite Dells. This was actually my first time on this side of Watson Lake. Very cool!
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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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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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Sep 24 2015
adenium
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45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2015
adenium
Hiking5.00 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.33 mph
70 ft AEG
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Another Peavine excursion. Ran out 2.5 miles, back 0.5, then walked back picking up some geocaches along the way.
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Sep 22 2015
adenium
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45 male
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 Gilbert, AZ
Peavine TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2015
adenium
Hiking6.00 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles      55 Mns   6.55 mph
70 ft AEG
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Drove up to Prescott to help some colleagues set up for our annual conference and had some time to kill. Did a little run on one of my favorite urban trails.
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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
 
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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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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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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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John9L
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 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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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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