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Watershed trail to Sevenmile Gulch trail

Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail
Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail
Hiking along the Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail
Views from the Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail
Hiker on the Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail
Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail
Lynx lake
map: Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail
Elevation plot: Watershed trail to Seven mile gulch trail


How to Get There
This hike is located near Prescott, AZ.

To get to the trail head: from the Phoenix area, take I-17 North toward Flagstaff. At Cordes Junction, take HWY-69 towards Prescott. Before you reach downtown Prescott, turn left onto the Senator Highway (signed as Mount Vernon Ave). Take this paved road 4.8 miles to the signed turn onto the Spruce Mountain road. Turn left here (FR 52A) and drive 1.4 miles on this well graded dirt road to the signed trail head on your left for the Watershed Trail (TR 299). Please note there is another trail head for the Watershed trail on Senator Highway, but this hike description starts out at the higher elevation trail head described.
Prescott Area

Hike details

5.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
The one way hike described is 5.5 miles.
2.50 [Hours]
It took us about 2.5 hours.
Elevation Change
1,300 Total gain/loss [Feet]
Elevation Loss
1,300 Total Elevation Loss[Feet]
Elevation Details
It's about 1300 ft of elevation loss to get to Walker road.
Hike Trail Type
One way - Shuttle


Best Season
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
Spring, Summer, Fall
Date Hike completed
May 13, 2012


Solitude Details
Pretty good solitude on this hike. We didn't have to share these trails with any hikers, but there were 5 motorcyclist on the trail the day we took it.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
This was a moderate difficulty hike with really nice views.


Be Aware of
you may have to share the trail with ATV's. This is a one way hike, so you need a shuttle vehicle.

Hike the Watershed trail and the Sevenmile Gulch trail near Prescott, Arizona.

This is a good day hike possibility if you happen to be camping at the Lynx lake campground (like we were). We managed to talk my mother into dropping us off at the upper Watershed trailhead (TR#299) and we walked all the way back to the campground. The hike starts at the signed trailhead and the trail is easy to follow. It is a bit rocky at times and can descend steeply in places. The reward is the impressive views of Spruce Mountain and the Prescott area. The only drawback to this hike is that the trail is approved for off road vehicles, so you may need to share the trail with them. The first two miles of this trail will be on the Watershed Trail, which follows a ridge line generally to the North. The trees of this area are mostly pine with a few oak trees. After about 2 miles of hiking, you'll reach the signed junction with the Sevenmile Gulch trail (TR #9854). Stay right at this intersection (JCT 1R on the map). Now you are on the Sevenmile Gulch trail and the descent becomes a bit steeper. After 0.8 miles from the previous trail junction you'll reach another trail junction, this time with the Ranch trail (TR #62, marked as JCT 2R on the map). Stay right again to stay on the Sevenmile Gulch trail. The final 2.2 miles of hiking brings a more open skyline, as the pine trees give way to Juniper, allowing more views and less shade. The trail drops into a lush canyon and you'll pass Sevenmile Tank on your right. Continue on the easily followed trail all the way to Walker Road. After finishing this hike, reward yourself by walking to Lynx lake for a lovely view of this picturesque forest lake.


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