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Doney Trail #39, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 0.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,300 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.5
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If you're interested in a short scenic walk in desert volcano country, with a great view of the painted desert and the San Francisco Peaks at trail's end, you'll want to check out the Doney Trail. This half mile hike begins at the Doney Picnic Area and climbs gradually up the side of a volcanic cinder cone to a panoramic overlook. Interpretive signs posted along the way tell you about the unique ecology of this rugged area and about the adventures of Ben Doney who prospected these hills for gold. You'll even see one of Doney's old digs along the way. Also along the trail you'll see two prehistoric ruins with signs interpreting their role in the local community and how they related to prehistoric farming practices.

If you don't have lunch at the picnic area,you might want to pack it along. There's a bench at the top of the climb where you can savor your snack while you enjoy the scenery. An interpretive sign there gives you the contemporary as well as the Hopi names of all the landmarks in the view. It provides interesting mealtime reading. (Don't forget to pack out everything you brought in. You wouldn't want to spoil the dining room for the next person.)

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2008-06-11 HAZ_Hikebot
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Doney Trail #39
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    With Jan van der Meer who is visiting from the Netherlands on business. Extremely windy at the top of both cinder cones. Volcanic fault line is very evident from the top looking to the south...

    Was able to photograph a very cooperative green collared lizard. Think this is the first time we were able to actually view this type of lizard without them immediately scurrying off for cover...

    Permit $$

    Wupatki National Monument
    $20.00 per passenger vehicle
    $15.00 per motorcycle
    $10.00 per cyclist or pedestrian

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    32 miles (45 minutes) northeast of Flagstaff in volcano and Indian ruin country.

    Access: From Flagstaff, drive 22 miles on AZ 89 to the north end of the Wupatki Loop Road and turn east 9.5 miles to the Doney Picnic Area and the trailhead. All roads are paved.
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