October 24, 2015, Prescott- I spent a few hours walking the shortest segment of PC, from Willow Lake to Peavine Trail Head, alongside the north and west shores of Watson Lake. This older and smaller of the twin reservoirs is bounded by Granite Dells, to the north, Glassford Hill, to the east, and Granite Creek, to the south and west.
The first part of the segment follows Willow Lake Road, away from Willow Dells, to Highway 89, which I crossed, just north of a roundabout, when the near constant flow of traffic was abated, courtesy of traffic signals, some distance away, in either direction. Highway 89 is a four-laner, and has crosswalks, so no overpass is needed.
I then came to Watson Lake Park, one of my favourites here. The Dells make it an especially otherworldly place.
The trail took me away from the Dells, for a bit, along the west shore, where waterfowl were abundant. Two Greater Sandhill Cranes were among the crowd.
As you can see above, at first, the female was being rather coy.The riparian trail then went off into the marshy terrain near Granite Creek, which is rather paltry at present.
The surreality of the Dells never gets old, so here we are again.
Next up: The Peavine Trail Head to Highway 69. (First half of Segment 7).