Explore the most popular walking trails near Prescott with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Completed this trail twice in the last month or so, once in each direction and each time took around 4 hours. Really is a beautiful trail with plenty of wildlife. Saw multiple deer on both hikes. No water sources on the trail, so bring everything you need. Visiting the fire watchtower is worth the extra 10 minutes for the views.

It was really great experience!! Love it

Great trail, beautiful lake, great wildlife!

hiking
6 days ago

Very Scenic little out and back. A bit tricky to find the Falls since Wolf Creek is dry much of the time, but very well worth the effort.

We were lucky because one of the men who made the trail was at the start. It’s a great hike and we were lucky because we made smart choices. I did use google maps which guided us in the right direction. We got to the top of Wolverton then heAded down on a road. At the bottom I saw a trail that headed us back in the right direction. So we took it. Fortunately it was a right choice. The last part was through forest and shaded which was nice. Followed a trail that took us out where we didn’t park but once again my gps took us to our car. 4.2 miles. A little hot on September 15. 2018.

beautiful trail .nice picture's kinda Rocky but do able.

We hiked up the rt side to the memorial for the Hotshots and back down the rt side of the trail. Fantastic hike !

off road driving
9 days ago

I came out here for Off-roading and it's fairly simple. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone because there is a few difficult areas. I did see 10 other dirt bikes and 5 hikers. It was a busy trail during the time I went.

This is a beautiful trail with amazing views of the lake. This is a nice trail because there is very few people on the trail.

This trail has some nice views from the top and a lot of wildflowers. Wouldn’t recommend this trail if it has been raining a lot, as you cross the creek several times. Depending on which direction you choose, the loop give two different incline intensities. If you go clockwise, you follow the creek for the majority of the first half with a gradual incline and a few bigger inclines. If you choose counterclockwise, you will experience a much more intense incline for the first half of the loop. We went clockwise and enjoyed a less intense hike!

hiking
13 days ago

The trail is a little difficult to find. You will park near a gate on the road and go down the trail from the gate. You will descend down a steep trail until you get to a flat area where many trails shoot off left and right. Do not take these off shoots and do not follow trail markers, stay straight on the larger trail. You will descend again down the trail till you hit the stream. When you hit the stream, cross it and go left and follow up stream to stay on the trail. The falls will be a 5 minute walk from the stream crossing.

Great trail for beginning incline practice

The lake was very busy since it was a Saturday and the weather was decent. Lot's of people on the trail, hiking/fishing. The whole loop took me just under an hour to finish, I stopped a few times to take some pics and enjoy the scenery. The water level was higher due to the wetter than normal monsoon season so you'll have to hike a bit further down on the North East side of the lake. The damn crossing has a alot of tree trunks and a light flow of water, just avoid the moss due to it being slippery and you'll be fine

The left side is paved all the way up, left side will get the heart pumping. Nice memorial for the hotshot team at the top. Didn’t see any animals but beautiful views at the top.

Absolutely beautiful. We did the 4.8 mile loop that included Over the Hill and Lakeshore (I believe that’s what it was called.) I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there. It was actually more difficult than I thought it would be, a majority of it was fairly easy but the rocky sections can be tricky and steep. I def. recommend boots and not sneakers if you are in in for the longer hike. The bird watching was also great!

very easy walk. the trail on the campground side of the lake is paved. the farside is dirt. the lake level is high right now, making crossing the creek at each end difficult. very crowded labor day weekend 2018

This hike is challenging, merely for the fact of how long it is. We did the hike counter clockwise. Getting to the top was fairly easy, but the decent was challenging due to the rocky found on sand. we did the full 10 miles, we thought it would take about 5 hours, we ended after 7.5 hours. it is a beautiful hike. We saw deer, horseback riders and lots of fellow hikers. I would highly recommend this hike, it is one that will test your endurance if you are a beginning hiker.

Watson Lake offers lots to see and the terrain is very unique. We went in June and it can be warm with very few places to get in the shade. We started out early, like 7:30am so the sun ended up not being an issue, but I was glad to be finishing up around 11. As an FYI we had planned to hike and then kayak, but the rentals are open Fri-Sun, so we were a day early. It all worked out as we did not need to get more sun after the 2.5 hour hike, so it ended up being a blessing in disguise. As noted the trail is beautiful and unique for AZ, but the route finding can be very difficult. We lost the trail several times, but knew that it followed the lake so when we lost the dots on the rocks we kept close to the shore. Also be careful in the mud flat area on the south end. We tried to take a short cut and cross the cracked dirt where it appeared the lake had receded. It might look dry but it is wet and gushy underneath, I sunk a few feet and boots and shins were covered in a sticky slick mud. Thankfully a bathroom was near to rinse out my boats. Entire loop took us about 2.5 hours, but we were probably bush wacking 1/3 of the way. Think this would be a much better fall hike due to the exposure and it does have some difficult parts so might be too much for beginners.

9/2/18
Trail starts off through Lower Wolf Creek Campground. Holiday weekend, campground was pretty busy. Trail is more of a 4x4 road. Saw 4 people walking. Another 4 on horses. Dozens of ATVs and trucks (vehicles aren't allowed). Walk was a bit of a roller coaster, up and down, mostly shaded. With so much going on on the trail we didn't do the whole hike. We found a pretty spot off the trail by the creek. My husband set up the hammock and we ate lunch, toes in the creek. Was peaceful when there wasn't people going by on quads, rand rails and trucks. Took away from being in such a quiet place. We enjoyed our few hours there alone and packed up.

hiking
19 days ago

Did the whole loop once before, decided to do the fun half this time which includes the Steps and Red Bridge. Saw a couple dead snakes, even tho it didn't affect the hike, the water height was much higher than it was in March. Some over grown vegetation bc of the rains could block some parts of the trail, just follow the white dots and you'll be fine.

My husband (55) and I (39) hiked the loop yesterday morning. We parked in the upper parking lot right by the dells and started our hike to the left. We planned ahead and agreed to do the more difficult portion in the beginning. The white dots are very hard to follow at times and I was glad that we had our gps, which I highly recommend! Make sure to stop at the “waterfall” for some tranquil pictures. After you get out of the dells the hike becomes a lot easier and you can’t loose the path anymore. There are many amazing photo opportunities around every corner and believe me we took some great pictures. We finished the 5.3 mile loop in 2h 29m. Please remember to bring water and have $3.- cash ready when entering the parking lot. Also make sure to wear good shoes! Some areas are very slippery. Overall I would absolutely recommend this hike to anyone that is in good physical shape.

Great for us healthy seniors who like to keep the heart active.

Best views in town

hiking
26 days ago

This hike is awesome! It is not too extreme and also is a decent cardio workout. Beautiful after the rain, with great water fall at the end.

love this trail. It's a nice area to step back into nature!

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I did this loop over the weekend. The parking lot was crowded, but due to the 9 miles of loop, we really didn’t run into anyone else, only at the look out and then on the boulders. One of the best features of this hike was all the lady bugs at the top- we came across a tree covered in what seemed like a million. We went counter clockwise, and enjoyed the boulders near the end of our hike.

Amazing bike and hiking went out with my father and it was amazing love this and I will do this soon

Hike was far more difficult than anticipated. we should have stayed on the peavine trail for the majority of the trail, but unfortunately most of our hike was through the rugged rocky portion of the trail. it was far too hot and difficult for the hikers in our group. Got to be treacherous as we got overheated, worn out and low on water. Thankfully we all made it out, but took over 4 hours, was over 5 miles an we were pretty worn out. Be sure you know where you are on the trail... stay on peavine if your fitness level isn't up for this level of challenge.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Mtn biked. Great roller coaster style trail. i saw no one when i rode it. very peaceful.
Lots of shade.

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