Watson Lake and Flume Trail

MODERATE 181 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

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.

4 days 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.

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12 days ago

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

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15 days 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.

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15 days 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.

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1 month 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!

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1 month 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.

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