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Saturday, March 1, 2014

WATSON DAM TRAILS


WATSON DAM, FLUME CANYON & NORTHSHORE TRAILS
Prescott Mile-High Trail System
 
Bridges over Granite Creek
So many wonderful works of nature are tucked within Prescott's Granite Dells area. And, thanks to the city's Mile-High Trail System, there's no shortage of ways to get to the good stuff. The Watson Dam-Flume Canyon cluster of trails stands out because of its diverse terrain. A network of loopy trails wander through riparian woodlands along Granite Creek and soaring slick rock crests overlooking Watson Lake. Map signs posted at every turn make navigation easy. A particularly beautiful segment makes a footbridge assisted traverse of a precipitous gorge that forges the way to the base of Watson Dam.  Here, cattail reeds and gangling willows living in shallow pools and running currents huddle in a lush, shady cove fortified by vertical granite.
Late winter on the Flume Trail


LENGTH: 2.4 miles total
RATING: moderate
ELEVATION: 5057' - 5642'
GETTING THERE:
From Phoenix, travel north on I17 to the SR69 interchange at Cordes Junction.  Go 30 miles west on SR69 to Prescott Lakes Parkway, turn right and continue 2.1 miles to SR89. Turn right and follow SR89 1.7 miles to Granite Dells Road, turn right and go 0.2 mile to the trailhead
Watson Dam
on the right. No fees at this trailhead

INFO & MAP: City of Prescott

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