Watson Lake and Flume Trail

MODERATE 225 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.

hiking
5 days 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.

hiking
6 days ago

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!

hiking
10 days ago

Breathtaking views. Moderate workout but worth going.

hiking
10 days ago

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

15 days ago

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 !

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great views.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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

3 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.

3 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
3 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
3 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.

4 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!

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