Watson Lake and Flume Trail

MODERATE 72 reviews

Watson Lake and Flume Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Prescott, Arizona that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

4.6 miles 501 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

hiking
5 days ago

Fun trail with boulders as well as dirt paths. Well marked white dot trail is assuring but would be difficult with much snowfall. Beautiful views.

16 days ago

Pretty awesome trail. Plenty of shade. There were some difficult parts but the different terrain was amazing and kept things interesting. If you have a dog, be aware of going near the water and watch for stickers. I had to shave parts of my dog so he was bald in spots. Those little buggers hurt. We lost the trail at one point and ended up on the bike trail, but it wasn't hard to find our way back. There's some truly gorgeous spots to relax along this trail. I look forward to doing it again.

26 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful view around the lake. The best way to enjoy the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

very fun scenic

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike around the lake...the best views are near the water on the southwest side. Follow the white marks, because it's easy to end up on the wrong trail...we made a few "detours", but it made for a fun day of exploration.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

beautiful!

2 months ago

2 months ago

I rather enjoyed this hike! However the app lists it as hard. I did not find it hard. It was barely intermediate in my opinion. Yes, including the steep parts. What I like about this trail is that you have many different options. You can make this as easy or a bit more challenging if you want to. Lots of options and lots of varying scenery. I'll definitely be back but not on a weekend.

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

It was a fun hike! I enjoyed the terrain, views, and elevation change. I had no real issues with sticking to the trail other than when I chose a different route. I ended up taking Lakeshore Trail most of the way. Bringing friends with me next time!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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!