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Davenport Hill Trail #63, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.45 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,069 feet
Elevation Gain 746 feet
Accumulated Gain 816 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 9.53
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
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Co-Author joebartels
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Trips 5,232 map (26,547 Miles)
Age 52 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred Oct, May, Apr, Sep
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Winter
Sun  5:34am - 7:35pm
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The trail provides visitors to Dogtown Lake with an interesting, scenic day hike to the top of Davenport Hill and back. The higher elevation of the hill (7805 feet) and the northern exposure of the trail provide hikers with a cool climatic change and also a change in vegetation from ponderosa pine to Douglas fir, white fir and oak near the summit.

The trail follows Dogtown Wash about 0.3 miles and then climbs to a flat, where it follows an old logging road before turning north toward Davenport Hill. The trail ascends the hill at a gradual 8% grade to the top. Although the trail ascends 745 feet, flowing switchbacks take most of the sweat and toil out of the climb. The first mile is an effortless stroll through woodlands of Gambel oak, ponderosa pine, and sunny clearings. The uphill trudge begins where the trail crosses unsigned FR200 and move onto the first of several edge-hugging switchbacks.

Farther up, the trail ducks into a sheer canyon shaded with moss-draped Douglas and white firs. The narrow path traverses the canyon walls, landing hikers on the final uphill haul where picture-perfect views of Dogtown Lake and Bill Williams Mountain dominate the horizon. Once past a second gate, the trail emerges on the summit ridge. A short, flat walk gets you to the high point.

Follow the same trail back to the start. From the trail, you can enjoy scenic views of Dogtown Lake and the country around Williams.

The excellent summary above is from the Kaibab FS. Whoever wrote it nailed it, which is rare for the FS. Minor corrections by the wonder mutt (co-author).

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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.

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2020-06-22 HAZ_Hikebot & joebartels
    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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    In Williams, turn south on Fourth Street (County Road 73) and go about 4 miles to FR 140. Turn east onto FR 140 and follow about 3 miles to FR 132; turn north onto FR 132 and go to the campground (about one mile). From the boat ramp parking area, walk the Ponderosa Trail to the east end of the loop.

    Travel Time: About 20 minutes from Williams to the trailhead.
    Road Condition: Paved and all-weather roads, suitable for sedans.
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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