This is a great hike but I can't count how many times we got off track. All I can say is follow those white dots on the rocks. If not for this app, we would have had trouble following the trail. Another couple that started when we did, didn't use this app and ended up on the road and missed the best part of the hike. I recommend going clockwise. The prettiest part is on the North end of the lake. Will definitely do it again.
My wife and I did the full loop and got off the trail a couple of times. Thanks to this app I was able to find the correct route. The south half of this loop is flat and boring but the north half is outstanding. If I were to hike this trail again I would go clockwise from one of the parking lot trail heads and then turn around at a little foot bridge over the water in the cove. It would cut the distance in half but would be a prettier and more challenging hike.
Wendy H. on Watson Lake and Flume Trail
Perfect! Well marked trails!
Pretty. If you take the whole loop, the southern part gets kinda boring. We went clockwise and went from moderate to a stroll in the park, which was a little anti-climatic. If you do the whole loop, go counter clockwise to work your way up to the more interesting sections. Or you could start from the parking lot and work your way clockwise to the dirt road portion of Peavine trail, which is across the lake from the parking lot, then just turn around and head back to stay in the fun part.
I would not rate this as difficult. Comparing this to something like Flatiron is like comparing night and day, yet both are rated as the same difficulty on here. It's moderate in the best parts. Just make sure you have shoes that grip, as it is mostly climbing over large boulders in the northern part of the hike. Nothing very steep or scary.