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I also agree that this hike is not hard!! It was wonderful and enjoyable for my family and my dogs! I suggest wear shoes with grip and follow the dots!

Have to disagree w other user reviews. This trail doesn’t justify the difficult rating. The ascents/descents are short and mild, and footing is good. I took every detour I could find and only logged 5 miles. The trail is generally obvious, and markers & signposts are abundant and clear. All that aside, it’s a fun trail. Very pleasant 2 hr morning walk. Great views of the lake, dam, and dells.

Very pretty lake with mallard ducks and a few benches along one side of lake. We logged just under 3 miles around the lake, though. It’s not 2.4 mi.

14 days ago

i love this trail, not too difficult for beginners and so close to my home! be aware you have to pay a small fee to park though.

I love this hike . such a great workout with stunning views the whole way

15 days ago

Nice Easy flat trail to hike with beautiful views.

28 days ago

Granville side is turning into a paved walkway with little to view other than homes.

28 days ago

Easy and pleasant hike/ walk.

I would give it a 5, but the trail was blocked off when I went. All for good reasons (preservation of the falcons), but still didn't see the full beauty of the hike!

Gnarly inclines that I wasn’t expecting, although I did have an extra ~20lbs of weight in the form of my son on my back... but definitely a must-do if you’re in Prescott. Will make you sweat!

1 month ago

We parked by the humane society and did an entire circle. Total 7 miles. Was not easy - should be rated hard due to all of the rock climbing. Not an easy hike at all. A lot of difficult up and down rocks. Breath taking views - wonderful area just be prepared- lots of water to drink. Definitely rated incorrectly in All Trails.

This place is absolutely beautiful! It made the hike that much more enjoyable to look around and stop and see you are surrounded by such beauty!

Breathtaking views. Moderate workout but worth going.

I like this trail. Some ups and downs on the rocks, but nice views of Watson Lake.

This is a nice easy trail except for the Creek, which you have to cross to do both sides of the lake, and the spillway, at the other end, which is quite wet when the lake is full

1 month ago

Great trail to start the day.

Great for beginner hikers.

I have to say that everyone in my Hiking club, Arizona Baby Boomers Hiking and Adventures , found this hike to be HARD! We parked near the Yavapai Humane Society - went in through the marsh area. Noticed how dry everything was. Went up and finally got to the point where we needed to climb the rocks - and we climbed and climbed for 6.5 miles - Arrived at the dam totally exhausted to find water flowing from dam, but still very dry in area. Then more climbing on rocks!! Our oldest hiker is in her 70’s and hiked this 2x a year - still tough even for our 50 year old hikers. ALL TRAILS incorrectly rates this trail. It is HARD - we all enjoyed the 7 miles - MUST HAVE GOOD ANKLE SUPPORT AND LOTS OF WATER. Rock formations - keep a look out for goddess sitting on ledge overlooking about 3/4 - excellent, challenging, and not for sissy’s !

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice railroad grade trail to bike or walk.

The 9263 trail is not a loop. It runs into the 93 trail which just keeps on going. The 95 trail is a good loop trail. The 9263 is very rocky but the vistas are beautiful !

This is a good trail for some incline training. This trail is well maintained and offers a spectacular view of Prescott; as well as the surrounding Mountain range. I would highly recommend this trail for anyone interested in a good cardio workout or for anyone who just wants to enjoy the scenery.

1 month ago

Good trail. Paved and/or nice wide trail. Easy trail to take kids on. Great views of the valley below from the top.

trail running
2 months ago

Rock part of trail slowed down the run and trail signs aren't the best but it's an awesome trail.

This is a fun loop with some great technical sections. Amazing scenery in the dells area

Great views.

A little more than I expected. Be sure to have good ankle support. Loved the hike.

The trail itself was really cool and it was not too challenging. The people I was with felt there was a lot of climbing but it was short spurts up rock.

The one infuriating thing was that the “white dots” that you follow are also markers for other trails. So you can easily end up on other trials that do bring you back to the main trail but it adds a lot more.

All in all it was a beautiful January hike.

Great scenic loop around the lake!

great hike

This hike around the lake has excellent views, fun twisty trails and turned out to be tougher than we had expected. We opted to cut down using the trails that ran closer to the lakeshore and at times climbing up and over the rocks was a bit of a challenge for us. We would do it again though. Our two little dogs loved it!

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