Watson Lake and Flume Trail

MODERATE 211 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.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

paddle sports

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.

4 days ago

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

hiking
5 days ago

Great views.

5 days ago

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

5 days ago

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.

hiking
18 days ago

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!

road biking
1 month ago

The very best of the best views in Prescott.
The trail terminates at the boat dock for road bikers, but connects up nicely to the Peavine and Iron King trails.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was a lot of fun. Signage was great but at the same time you options. Cutting in an out of the loop to get closer to the lake. You can make the trail a bit more fun and windier if you always pick the path near the lake. Lots of good rocks to climb over. Except views. It’s longer than it seems for sure. So be prepared with food and water.

1 month ago

overall a really great hike! the southern, Eastern and Western sides is boring but the northern Boulder area makes up for it! in the boulder area watch for the white dots placed about every 20' on the rocks. they will guide you along. do not assume the path follows any worn dirt path ( of which there are many) along the way. Stay with the white dots. some of the dots cannot be seen until you get up to the boulder so pay attention to your compass and map. also, be especially alert when other trails intersect the main trail as they also have white dots.

allow 2.5 - 3.0 hours for the full hike. we are in good shape and are faster walkers but it took us 2.5 hours. Have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful & scenic hike! Take the loop along the lake and not the straight & narrow loop. It’s more challenging and much more beautiful. Bring picnic to eat when you get down in the bowels...picturesque! Remember to take your trash with you.

1 month ago

“Easier” to go south from parking lot and loop around. Get the ugly marsh out of the way and end up on the pretty lake for second half

2 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Follow the white dots or easy to get off trail. Took us 3 hours to complete. I would rate this as moderate due to lots of climbing up rocks with very little flat sections.

2 months ago

Loves this trail!! Beautiful scenic views and fairly smooth. Some spots are a little rough, but the lake view makes it all worthwhile!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! I was a bit nervous going into it with a weaker left knee, and this being my first hike but all went well. There were some small beginner scrambling areas and some areas where you do some rock climbing, but all of it was so worth it for the beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend this hike, it was lots of fun and the sights are worth all the work you put into it.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail! There are some tough spots and small climbs/scrambles, but nothing terribly difficult to handle. We went very early in the morning and spent about 5 hours hiking around the lake and taking in all the amazing scenery.

3 months ago

Love this trail. “Follow the dots and have fun”... priceless! Be sure to bring plenty of water as a lot of the trail is over exposed granite and in full sun. You’ll see lots of hikers, bikers on the Peavine section, and possibly rock climbers. Don’t hike this trail at dawn or dusk as the bugs will make you wish you didn’t have a face. Bald eagles nest here in the fall/winter and you’ll see them fishing over the lake if you keep an eye out!

hiking
3 months ago

I'm from back East and am used to hiking in "the green tunnel." This is a fantastic change of scenery. Great trail with some fun technical pieces for beginner scramblers. Make sure to watch for the white dots. They are there but sometimes you have to search for them. A great mix of rock scrambling, dirt/sandy path, views, and flat wide trails. We got a little off trail at the northernmost end but thanks to GPS we located the Peavine trail easily. We elected to stay on this trail rather than access the lakeshore trail portion just because we were running out of daylight. I recommend allowing 3 hours so you have time to stop and enjoy the views.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

There were some pretty parts with the rock formations and lake. However, it got EXTREMELY buggy and it made it impossible to enjoy the hike. Also, anytime we would get close to the water it reaked and smelled like sewage. It was hard to enjoy anything about this hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail, be sure to go off trail a little. Wasn't to hard of a hike but lots of great lagoons and water pools. The back is best part.

hiking
4 months ago

While this site rates this loop as moderate I would have to say it is difficult. I would say that 3/4 of this loop is more boulder climbing than hiking and the only flat part of the hike comes at the end on the Peavine trail. As stated there is very little shade and due to the little water movement of the lake is does stink around the lake. Views of the lake come and go during the hike but are spectacular. This was our first hike for the fall and it was a hard but great workout.

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