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Davenport - South Fork Deadman Creek, AZ
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Davenport - South Fork Deadman Creek, AZ 
Davenport - South Fork Deadman Creek, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 17 2017
Backpack23.00 Miles 3,700 AEG
Backpack23.00 Miles3 Days         
3,700 ft AEG
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1st trip
Hiked in on Barnhardt Trail to Chilson Camp with the intent to explore the Davenport Wash Trail beyond Chilson. We dropped our backpacks at Chilson and headed out on a trail hunt for Davenport. Right near camp there was a large cairn obscured by manzanita which we cleared out. The tread was faint but definitely there as it contours around hill 6243 marked on topo. Main focus was too follow the trail from Chilson all the way to South Fork of Deadman Creek about 2.2 miles. We continued contouring along the tread we found and clearing some manzanita obstructions along the way. After about one mile from Chilson it was getting late so we headed back to camp.

Next day continuing on the same tread further towards South Fork of Deadman Creek. We made it past the contour section where the trail eventually turns and starts the long descent into Deadman. We were able to follow tread in the first 1/2 mile of the descent but eventually it disappears in a grassy meadow for about 1/4 mile before reappearing just as the trail begins the big drop into Deadman about 1000 feet total. In the steep section down to Deadman there are some trail cuts, old switchbacks and cairns that mark the way down. Finally at the bottom I took some time to enjoy South Fork Deadman Creek which was flowing nicely with cool water and pools.

After snack and break I looked for the trail exiting the other side and there is a faint ramp above the creek but saving that exploration for another time. Recharged from the break headed back up 1000 foot climb retracing the steps and trying to find the missing piece of trail on the hill. After spending about 2 hours in this one section still wasn't able to find any trace of the old tread which is probably too far gone to find but fortunately the terrain is not difficult to navigate. Once back on the old tread I headed back towards Chilson and relax around the fire.

Next day we headed back out Barnhardt which as many have posted before is a super highway right now. The trail crews have done a great job clearing nice wide trail path from Mazatzal Divide Trail junction all the way to Barnhardt TH.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Heavy flow Heavy flow
lots of water coming off the falls

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Chilson Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
water running across the trail from the spring area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Hawaiian Mist Medium flow Medium flow
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