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Dogtown Lake Trail #44Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Walk / Tour avatar Aug 13 2017
chumley
Walk / Tour2.48 Miles 54 AEG
Walk / Tour2.48 Miles      53 Mns   2.98 mph
54 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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After bagging Bill I decided to stroll around the lake. Despite the map calling it a reservoir, the FS and all signs call it a lake.

Technically the trail follows an old road in the woods on the south side of the lake before crossing Dogtown Wash and swinging around to the north side. I hiked on the very well worn use trail along the shore instead. The roadbed has no view of the lake, so what's the point?

I was surprised by the length you had to go up Dogtown Wash to cross over.

On the north side, you will find a very well worn use trail along the shore, but here you can opt for the actual trail which sits just a few feet higher up and is well cairned despite clearly receiving a tiny fraction of the foot traffic. The FS description says the trail is intended to minimize impact to the shoreline. That seems a bit ill-conceived for a small fishing lake that is stocked and has picnic tables and benches along the shore!

In any case, I found it to be a reasonably nice stroll. There are no maps or trail signs anywhere around the campground or lake parking areas indicating the trail exists.
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