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Club Cabin from Davenport West, AZ
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Club Cabin from Davenport West, AZ 
Club Cabin from Davenport West, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2014
joebartels
Hiking24.35 Miles 4,645 AEG
Hiking24.35 Miles   10 Hrs   57 Mns   2.39 mph
4,645 ft AEG      45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Club Cabin has been on my must do list since Lizard posted it up 12 years ago. It's remote location makes it a tough day hike under normal circumstances. Ken mentioned we could cut off some mileage sneaking over the currently dry Verde River.

Riding in I found out Ken had three trips under his belt and Karl had a couple too. The Verde was bone dry just south of Horseshoe. Everything was looking on the up and up that today would be the day I'd finally enter da'club!

Miles melted away quick under great conversation and fabulous weather. Well until I mentioned a common technology interest. That turned out to be the dagger pinning a shut-up sticky note on my back. You would have thought something exciting was being conversed like restaurants, databases, scripting or hiking. No such luck. The network geniuses were playing geek phrase ping pong. TWO HOURS later my presence was re-acknowledged.

Davenport is good trail heading east to the Sheep junction. Wear pants, shorts would be a tad painful. After that the trail condition drops a grade to the old cabin site. Nothing bad, just pay attention.

My expectations for the burned down ranch site were bottom of the barrel. Pillow fluffy golden grass fields had me at hello. The towering mountain backdrop wowed me with gnarly geology bands hugging in the old Club Ranch. Club Spring rounds out the full package deal.

Ken wanted to checkout more of Davenport since time permitted. SW provided some unknown trail that deteriorated quickly. North was the ticket according to gps and map but there wasn't much evidence to back up those theories. We latched on to a trail for a few paces into Red Rock Spring ravine. One shallow pool and another stellar towering backdrop. No signs of a trail leaving the ravine but we found cairns a few minutes up. On the near ridge above thoughts of turning this into a shuttle died out. Just no cell signal to query a ride.

This one turned out better than anticipated. I'm getting a feel for the area. My interest is growing on the now understood options. Table Mountain ( CLUB 5408 ) needs some love. Deadman, Willow, Dutchman, LF, Fig, Midnight... Mtn Spring, I know where you're at buddy
Western Mazzie madness is on!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Club Spring - Table Mountain Quad Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
approx 3.8 quarts per minute... rounding up to a gallon

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Davenport Wash Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Red Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
Didn't go to the spring. There was a pool large enough to filter down beside the trail ( if you could call it a trail ). Club Spring is a better nearby source.
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