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Watson Lake Bouldering

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Watson Lake Bouldering Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.59304, -112.4191 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on May 14, 2015
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Description 

Watson Lake is an iconic Prescott reservoir set in a huge granite bowl on the south end of the famed Granite Dells, just north of town on Hwy 89. The northwestern shores are littered with walls, small canyons, and breathtaking views. With rock similar to that of Joshua Tree, CA this is an amazing place to hone those mid to large crystal granite skills.

Rock Climbing Photo: Watson Lake
Watson Lake


Most of the original bouldering and route development was done side by side in the early and mid 90's by the usual suspects of that era. There are probably hundreds of problems here, with the majority of them being tall moderates. However, there are a handful of truly classic problems here with grades up to the V9 range at least. If you are into highballing, this place is certainly worthy of exploration, and getting lost a few times....

Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, T...
Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, Thor's Chasm, Watson Lake, 1999.

Voodoo Blues is the chalked up black streak on the far right.


This area is covered with painstaking accuracy in Bill Cramer's "Prescott Bouldering Guide", and I would recommend getting a copy before heading out, as the place is slightly disorientating, and rather maze like.

Rock Climbing Photo: JJ Schlick out smarting The Cranium Crack V4, 1999...
JJ Schlick out smarting The Cranium Crack V4, 1999.


Rock Climbing Photo: Sort of crude, but it will help. Some of these are...
Sort of crude, but it will help. Some of these areas are not in Bill Cramer's Prescott Bouldering Guide. His books are a priceless resource for any Prescott boulderer.

Getting There 

From Prescott drive north on Hwy 89, until you get to Watson Lake County Park. Pay parking. There are campsites, and facilities.

Climbing Season

For the *Prescott Area Bouldering area.

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',5],['V6-7',2],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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