Watson Lake and Flume Trail

MODERATE 156 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
501 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

backpacking
5 days ago

hiking
9 days 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.

hiking
12 days ago

Long trail lots of elevation changes and rocks to climb not for the faint of heart

hiking
15 days ago

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18 days ago

Beautiful views throughout the majority of this hike. I would say avoid this in the summer unless you go early. Also, even though the trail is marked with white dots, I got off track quite a few times.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great day-hike. Best done in overcast weather or after 5pm to avoid the heat and sun. Once on the rocks, there is no shade. The trail can be difficult to follow if you lose track of the spray-painted white dots on the rocks. On the way back (or there, depending on your route), you'll be walking along the old railroad track (no tracks anymore, but a wide gravel path). Benches are available along the lake, and ducks and geese are not far away if you have food to share.

hiking
1 month ago

Trails are not marked well. There are large portions of the trail that are blocked with over growth. There is no shade.

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1 month ago

The white dots need to be redone and make sure you wear pants and a long sleeve due to the path being through bushes and very narrow paths.

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hiking
1 month ago

I loved this trail!

The only setback was the smell next to the dam. There were tons of rotting plants, and the smell was unimaginable