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Davenport Hill Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Williams
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,074 feet
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
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    Kaibab FS Details

    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. From the trail, you can enjoy scenic views of Dogtown Lake and the country around Williams.

    Trail Layout: The trail follows Dogtown Wash about 0.3 mile 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. Follow the same trail back to the start.

    Length: 2.5 miles one-way

    Hiking Time: About 2 hours round trip.

    Rating: Moderate

    Trailhead Location: The Davenport Hill Trail begins at the east end of the Ponderosa Trail.

    Recommended Season: Spring to early fall.

    Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles. Trail designed for day hikers, not recommended for horses.

    USGS Map(s): Bill Williams Mountain

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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 Reviews
    Davenport Hill Trail
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    Despite the crowds in the woods, due to Memorial Day weekend, there was no one on the trail. Not a surprise. Saw a small herd of mule deer. Not many flowers, but those cute pink ones need an ID. I did get photos of the deer, you'll see, but not very good ones.

    Dogtown Lake has more water in it than last year, I think.
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    This is a very pleasant and moderate hike. The views are not great due to trees, but you can see the Peaks, and Dogtown Lake, Bill Williams Mountain, etc.

    It starts at the Dogtown Lake campground, which would probably be a pleasant place to camp. The lake is not large, but I might bring my kayak over sometime, since it's close by where I'm living.

    If you look at my profile page you'll notice I have been doing a lot of 2 and 3 mile hikes, due to a foot problem. This was the first "longer" hike I've done since February in California, I think. My feet were hurting the last mile, but after I loosened my boots a lot they felt better.
    Davenport Hill Trail
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    This is a very nice trail. The forest is healthy, although dry. Typically Ponderosa pine and Gambel oak are found in the area.

    I was on call for my job, and got a later start than I had intended, so I did only part of the trail. Also I took the time to talk to the very nice campground hosts, and petted their nice dog as well, a big old Golden Retriever with a docked tail they had rescued from the pound.

    At least I got in 3 miles, which is my current minimum goal. (Still working on getting my feet toughened up, etc.)
    Davenport Hill Trail
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    As you enter Dogtown Lake, don't go left to the day use area - go right to the camping area. As you enter the camping area, you stay left into the parking lot. A very nice TH. A little confusing the the markings for the Nature Trail, but that is what you want to start out on. A pleasant trail. A nice camping area near the summit. A huge cairn at the summit and some decent views. I was camping and fishing with my daughter at White Horse Lake and added this hike while she slept in.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike

    Access: 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 start of trail.

    Road Condition: Paved and all-weather roads, suitable for sedans.

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