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I have not been to Watson Lake since last year. It's one of the most beautiful lakes even it if is small. Watson Lake at Watson Park is conveniently located about 4 miles from Prescott Arizona and features fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, camping and day picnicking. Watson's water surface is about 380 surface acres and distinguished by its sky blue calm waters surrounded by huge granite boulders with protruding vegetation. Hiking at Watson Lake. The Peavine Trail runs along the southeastern side of the lake into the scenic Granite Dells region. The trail is level and easy and caters to hikers, joggers, horseback riding and bicycling. Peavine runs into Iron King Trail and runs about 4 miles toward Prescott Valley. There is a 3.00 charge for parking! Boating. Kayaks and canoes are available during open hours. Call Prescott Outdoors at (928)[masked] for more information. I can bring up to three kayaks for $15.00 or $20.00 for the day with paddle and PFD. I will check but Wednesday is free access... Car Pool Leaves are 9:00 AM We will have a carpool at: McDonalds 3140 W Carefree Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85086
Sondra will lead this BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE hike on the numerous and varied trails of the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area. (Trail selection varies with each hike.) Length:[masked] miles Elevation: 1,580 ft. - 1,380 ft. Trail Composition: Compacted dirt, loose rocks, gravel Difficulty: EASY to MODERATE. We're enjoying the experience slowly, seeing all we can see. We'll explore the many and varied trails of the Dreamy Draw - some level, some slightly steeper. WHAT TO BRING: WATER (1-2 liters – any time of the year), hats and sunscreen in the summers and long sleeves/jacket during the cooler months. NOTE: Headlights/flashlights are necessary during the winter months as we will be returning in the dark. MEETING LOCATION: The Dreamy Draw Recreation Area is located at the END of Northern, just East of SR-51. If you are coming either North or South on SR-51, exit at Northern. Northern dumps into the Dreamy Draw Recreation Area. Follow the road into the recreation area to the parking lot. There is but one entry road with no deviation as you drive toward the parking lot. (MapQuest shows a service road that is not accessible to the public.) A large paved parking lot, drinking water and restrooms are available. The group will meet under the Ramada at the top of the stairs. Leashed and well behaved dogs are welcome. Dreamy Draw Recreation Area - MAP DRIVING DIRECTIONS: Navigate to the above link, select Directions To/From under, and then input the address from which you are coming. Or click the DIRECTIONS icon and input the fictitious address of 2000 E Northern Ave, Phoenix along with the address from which you are coming. IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PARKING: They have started (Winter 2017) ticketing those who park in the horse trailer area. If there are no parking spots available in the regular lot, you cannot park in that horse trailer lot without being subject to a hefty fine for doing so. If possible please wait for a spot to open in the regular lot.
Strenuous**** Rated 4 out of 5 7 mile loop Trailhead elevation 8510 Elevation gain 1910 Plan on 4 to 5 hours of hiking Mountain sickness is real and can occur above 8000 feet. Please prepare accordingly. Join me on this fantastic hike!!! You start the trail in Ponderosa pines, but end in Douglas firs with Aspens all the way. You will also notice that the Aspens in the lower elevations are very white, but as you gain in elevation the bark goes from light green to khaki. (I'll be posting this along with innerbasin for our fall color hikes) We have usually hiked this in August but made a nice run up today and it was fabulous even with a little snow!. The views of a snow covered Humphreys were marvelous! What to bring: Your smiling faces and good conversation Sturdy hiking shoes or boots Lunch/snacks Electrolytes Sunscreen Camera Hat Hiking poles if you use them This is an altitude hike. If you've hiked altitude with me you know that I always pause occasionally for all to catch up and to adjust. If you are in front of me please pause to allow others to catch up. This hike is one of my favorites! I tend to take the gentle way up and the super steep way down but I'm open. Release of Liability: The organizers of this event are volunteers and not a professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize this event. Each person who signs up for and participates in an event/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests. By signing up for and participating in this event, or any other 3H event you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with this activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizers of this event from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
Join us for a moderate evening hike at Shaw Butte. We will start at the North Mountain Visitors Center and take the trail into the preserve. When we hit the #306 we will take it clockwise around and up the dirt trail leading to the top. Then come down around the other side along the service road which leads us back to the North Mountain Visitors Center. The beginning is flat which allows for a warmup, but then the majority of the climbing is packed into the middle and is very steep with loose rocks. The trail down the other side is more gradual and solid. Bring at least 2 liters of water and a flashlight. We will be hiking in the dark. This is not a fitness hike. If you do not hike elevation hikes this hike may not be for you. We will make a few stops and catch our breath and make sure we are all together. Please stay with the group. It is OK to talk to your fellow hikers. This hike is rated moderate due to elevation, loose gravel and darkness. Call my cell or text with questions:[masked] DISTANCE: 4.5 miles round trip ELEVATION Gain: 800 feet DURATION: 2 hours DOGS: Yes if outside air temperature is below 100 degrees FACILITIES: Yes