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Watson Lake/Northshore Trail (S)

Date:Destination:Watson Lake/Northshore Trail
Level:ShortArea:Prescott, AZ
Approx hike distance in miles:1.5Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:100Hike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:200Hike leader email address:
Departing the Union Center:Please arrive 15 minutes early. & sign in
Recommended gas donation:$5
Unpaved miles:0Park entry fee per vehicle:$3.00 per car
Road conditions:GoodWebsite for reference info:N/A
High clearance vehicle req'd:NoTrailhead GPS coordinates:34.5902417


Maintained Trail:YesUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:NoSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):NoSlippery Trail Surfaces:Some
Use of Hands Required:SomeBoulder Hopping:No
Difficulty :StrenuousWater Crossings:No
Restrooms at Trailhead:YesGloves Required:No


Special Instructions:

This is an out and back hike on the Northshore Trail at Watson Lake. The trail is rocky and can be uneven. Much of the route follows large granite surfaces. Hiking shoes and hiking sticks are required. The views of the Lake and the Granite Dells are spectacular. The pace will be slow due to the uneven trail and time allowed for picture taking. Bring water and a snack.


Drive east on E Gurley St for 1.1 miles. Make a slight left onto AZ 89 North. Follow AZ 89 North for 3.6 miles. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Watson Lake Park Rd. Parking is in the large parking lot at the top of the hill. Total driving distance is 5.5 miles.