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Club CabinPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Feb 11 2017
friendofThundergod
Backpack30.05 Miles 4,799 AEG
Backpack30.05 Miles2 Days         
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I was finally able to get to the Club this weekend. I had been wanting to visit the old cabin's ruins for a long time, so it was nice to finally get there this weekend. Last year I came up a little short due to an ill advised looping attempt with Sears Trail and I cancelled another trip due to weather.

I started from the dam where there is a ton of water being released right now. Davenport Wash Trail went pretty fast at first and then dragged a bit, as it got more primitive. There was no water along the entire trail until Rock Spring just over 13 miles in. However, after that there is running water. The acacia is a bit of a nuisance the final mile or so to the cabin and I had to break several prickly pair along the way to get Blanco and his big pack through, but we got to the Club rather unscathed, just tired and a little cooked from the beating sun. The cabin site is pretty on par for most dilapidated cabin sites, nothing overly spectacular, but a pleasant area to camp none the less. Club Spring's flow was robust and after the usual camp chores and some dinner, I was in bed pretty early.

The overnight conditions were closer to balmy rather than cold and I enjoyed the big moon. Similarly, it was not overly chilly in the morning and rather pleasant. I broke camp to some light rain, but it was sporadic and ended after a few short intervals of sprinkles. The hike out went quicker and was much cooler than the day before my spirits were raised along the way by a petroglyph find. Davenport Trail is not in horrible shape, but its lack of shade and somewhat rugged tread at times will wear on you. It took just under 8 hours to get to Club Cabin on the way in and just over seven hours to hike out.

Great overnight conditions for backpacking, but it did get a little warm on the way in. I am not sure if the current state of Davenport Trail makes this an enjoyable hike for everyone, but I appreciated its rugged demeanor and enjoyed the out and back overnighter.
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Horseshoe Dam

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Strong robust flow

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Robust right now, feeding a small drainage.
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