|Buck - Clover - Ponderosa - Davenport - Dog, AZ|| |
Buck - Clover - Ponderosa - Davenport - Dog, AZ
|Hiking||12.94 Miles|| 5 Hrs 49 Mns ||2.26 mph|
|2,199 ft AEG|| 5 Mns Break||18 LBS Pack|
Quickly enter Pines. Mountain bike friendly tread in dense inspiring pines for a good half-mile. Reminded me more of Big Bear than anything Arizona. Then realized the between the pines fill was oak trees. It might be pretty in Autumn.
Plastic chevrons in the trees but the trail is easy to follow. Pine cover thinned further in, still nice.
The pines were back in full force with lots of oak between. The Bill Williams leg was nicer than I recall. A half-furlong stretch is kinna steep.
We got this hike done by 7:45 a.m. Denny panicked the entire hike we'd miss the 8 a.m. Bill Williams Mountain Watershed closure. Apparently an annual dillybob unless the area is deemed moist.
A bunch of Ponderosa Pines, thick needle footing. Semi-questionable route finding. Short lil' lasso loop for the curious.
After a little bit of a climb you level out and it's Pines everywhere with small tickets of Oak.
The lower trail to roughly a quarter-mile before the road is very mountain bike friendly. Minor ankle buster rocks in the 1.25-1.6 mile vicinity. There is a gate just above the road.
Most of the grade on Davenport appears to be after you cross the road. Which is worthy because the views start to open up.
The clickety-clack of grasshoppers among the pines was intense for a half-mile.
Descending we checked out a little knoll. Soon after we encountered the first of two small groups of hikers.
Deer ears, phlox, Antelope horns, Penstemon. I find pocket lint more exciting than cactus blooms. Denny pointed out a Claret Cup blooming. Interesting because they mass bloomed in the desert in May and now they're hitting at 7,000-feet.
Very windy. Most shore fishing I've ever seen but I don't frequent fishing hotspots. We started over the dam. The footing required some attention along the shore.
Hiked in tevas. Typically easy grades, more ankle buster rocks than most would enjoy in sandals. Collected data to square up five guide pages, chewed the fat, ground the gristle, and almost held with turbo turtle.
The 5th Annual Williams Historic Route 66 Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show was just gearing up before our first hike. It was in full swing heading home.
||Wildflowers Observation Light
notably on Davenport