Watson Lake and Flume Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Prescott, AZ that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Parking lot by the Humane Society, fee for parking (self serve). Be careful about putting a large bill into the self serve and expecting change. Have $2 ready.
Great hike but could be better marked. The app is very helpful to ensure you stay on the trail although there is no service in the northern part of the loop. Highly recommended.
Got off the Watson lake trek by following the white dots and ended up on the Flume trek. Missed seeing the damn, and a good portion of of the lake. Oh, and lost cell / GPS services mid hike, thanks for compasses and maps!
Pretty trail with a lot of options. Not as hard as advertised. Some parts could be better marked, but we were able to follow the white dots just fine. Would definitely do it again with our kids next time.
Love this Moderate (not hard) trail for nature and wildlife birding escape whenever I get a few hours free working in Prescott area.
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.
Great hike! Very scenic but not too strenuous. I will definitely do it again. For experienced hikers, if you are expecting something difficult this trail is not that.
Great trail! Make sure to bring plenty of water and a snack.
The section northeast of the dam is very exposed, so bring lots of water and wear sunscreen. We got fried!!! Less pet friendly (access to water for playing) than we had assumed based on the map so bring plenty of water for pups as well.
Although it rained a lot it was a fun day !! We took a lot of pictures and our dogs loved it...
Perfect! Well marked trails!
Some boring parts but very pretty water views! It was really easy to hike.
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.
Have hiked Canada to Cali to Colorado, and u have to pY attention to the white dots or u will get sidetracked easily. I.e rocky and trail hard to follow.