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Davenport Wash Trail #89 - 8 members in 35 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 21 2021
mazatzal
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Sears Trail #90Phoenix, AZ
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Started from the dam and walked the road to the Sears TH. Took the trail in a couple of miles and then cut across Davenport Wash to the lower part of Davenport trail. The first couple of miles of Sears is very overgrown and painful.
Saw two groups of ATVs along FR 479 and two equestrians on Davenport.
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BiFrost
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Davenport Trail Scouting, AZ 
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Headed up to Barnhardt trailhead Tuesday morning and met with trail crew leader Jake for some scheduled Davenport Trail maintenance. The crew is from ACE (American Conservation Experience) who does a lot of AZT trail maintenance. Our goal was to hike in and scout the area and I was there to share my knowledge of trail conditions being familiar with the trail. We also had a packer Bill that hauled in 150 pounds of food and gear for the crew to Chilson base camp.

We started in about 830 and made good time arriving at Chilson Camp before 11am. Bill let the horses graze a bit and we talked about the trail scouting plan for the day. We then said goodbye to Bill and he headed back down to the trailhead. Jake and I headed down Davenport Trail to scout the condition. Of course, this trail is in serious need of maintenance since it has not seen any formal attention in probably 25 years. The Willow Fire in 2005 also caused considerable damage to much of the trail.

We spent most of our time finding the old tread and collecting waypoints. Jake’s goal was to have enough data to flag the trail for his trail crew and give them all the instruction they needed to manage the project. Eventually we made it down to South Fork Deadman Creek about 2.5 miles from Chilson and took a break. The creek crossing is a tough stretch because it drops about 1000 feet to the crossing but there are old switchback cuts on the downslope that Jake was able map out for the crew.

Once across the creek we continued another 1.5 miles which has some decent old tread and very visible trail cuts. However, that tread eventually runs out and hits a wall of manzanita, scrub oak and various brush. We ventured into the brushy section a bit so Jake could see how difficult this leg would be. Realistically the brushy section will probably not get completed at least this go around but he said they would most likely get a route flagged through the section.

After scouting what we need to see we headed back to Chilson Camp arriving just before sunset. Then hiked to Chilson Spring and filtered water before settling in for the night. Next morning, we left early and hiked back out to Barnhardt trailhead. Jake had to meet the crew who was scheduled to arrive late morning. It was a productive day scouting and gathering the information needed for the project. Honestly I didn’t think a trail crew would ever do maintenance on Davenport so it’s awesome to see these guys out there!! And I can't forget about Shawn Redfield who got all the paperwork for the grant pushed through. Many thanks for that effort :D
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Mar 30 2019
toddak
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Mazz Transit, AZ 
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Up Barnhardt and down Davenport all the way to Horseshoe Dam. Super green out there, with tons of wildflowers and abundant flowing water in the upper elevations. Very scenic, but all the miles of intermittent-to-nonexistent trail wore me down pretty good. Thanks to BiFrost and slowandsteady for the car shuttle.
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Mazzy Transit, AZ 
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We hiked this several years ago as a day hike and since toddak posted the event decided to try it again. However, this time I wanted to transit as a backpack instead of day hike. Toddak opted to still do as day hike starting at Barnhardt while we launched from Horseshoe Dam.

On trail by 645 it was cool to see the dam with all the water coming over the spillway. Then it’s a road walk of several miles to the official start of Davenport Wash trail. The trail continues as two track for several more miles until passing the wilderness boundary at about 6 miles in. Once in the wilderness the real trail starts and progress slowed a bit. As toddak mentioned there is a lot of growth out there from all the rain and the grasses obscured the trial. On the plus side things were very green and wildflowers abundant along the first 12 miles.

Eventually at 14 miles we reached Davenport Wash which was flowing nicely. We stopped for a break and to filter water. While there @toddak showed up and we traded trail information. The reports were confirmed that the manzanita and other shrubbery were as thick as ever. After about 15 minutes we parted ways and wished each other good luck! My plan was to check out Club Ranch and then go about another 1.5 miles past the ranch and camp on a ridgeline. Passing water in the drainage near Red Rock Spring was our last water source before camp. I filled up every container we had and then hiked up to the ridgeline for what turned out to be a great campsite with awesome views.

After a relaxing night we were ready for the manzanita madness in the morning. Leaving camp at 730 it climbs quickly and within a mile we reached the beginning of the thickest brush. Having done the off trail before I learned that staying high side and avoiding the ravines was key to our success especially with backpacks. It took about 2 hours to traverse the brush section that’s only about 2 miles long. We found a spring right before the thicket ends and took a break. After that the trail drops over 1000 feet into South Fork Deadman Creek which was flowing very nicely where we took another break.

From there it’s a long-sustained ascent to Chilson Camp and some marginal trail conditions as well. This part drags especially after all the off trail in the morning but we managed to arrive Chilson around 230 and took another break. Of course, from Chilson it’s back on real trail which seemed like a sidewalk compared to the Davenport Wash trail. We put it on autopilot and motored out to Barnhardt trailhead. Thanks to toddak for posting the event! Always interesting to see this seldom traveled part of the Mazzies.
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poppies, lupine, owl clover, indian paint brush etc

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Club Spring - Table Mountain Quad Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
heavy flow from spring source. this spring is reliable year round

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dripping to light flow

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heavy flow across the trail downstream from the spring source. I didn't go to the actual spring

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lots of flow in the creek downstream coming from the spring
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Dec 19 2018
BiFrost
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Davenport Wash Trail Recon, AZ 
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The weather report looked good for the Mazatzal range so I headed for Barnhardt trailhead. Hiked in Barnhardt Trail to Mazatzal Divide and over to Chilson Camp. From there picked up Davenport Wash Trail and continued on to South Fork of Deadman Creek. The creek had decent flow and it was very tempting to camp there but I wanted to get further along the trail. Davenport trail is difficult to follow on the other side of Deadman Creek but was able to follow the tread most of the time. I ended up finding a nice camp spot on a flat ridgeline about a mile from Deadman Creek. Fortunately, the side drainage closer to camp had some small pools to filter from.

Next day I continued looking for the trail past my camp and managed to find the tread. Unfortunately the tread only continues for about ½ mile before it disappears into the scrub brush near a dry seep. From there I explored where the trail used to be but really could not find the tread. I continued through the brush and picked up tread on the other side so the no trail section lasted only ½ mile but it was very slow going. I continued further down trail before turning around just before Red Rock Spring and heading back to camp.

Spent the next few days exploring and looking for trail on the same side of Deadman Creek. Great area to explore and camp. The last day I hiked back across Deadman Creek and up to Chilson Camp. There was one side trip near Chilson Camp to Chilson Spring that has been cleared up and redone by trail crews. They put in a new spring box with piping to provide a reliable water source for the AZT and hikers in the area. Very nice work done by the crew!

Hiking out I met Kathy near Mazatzal Divide day hiking up from the bottom and then we hiked out together. Another great time in the Mazatzal’s to check out some of the more remote parts of the range.
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BiFrost
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Davenport Wash Trail to Barnhardt, AZ 
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Early start with Shawn giving me a ride out to Horseshoe Dam area to access the Davenport Wash Trail. Shawn had PM’d me about possible trail maintenance funding for Davenport and needed some information on trail conditions. So I decided to make it 3 days backpacking from Horseshoe over to the Barnhardt trail head.

Day 1 the goal was to make Club Ranch but first I had to cross the Verde River. Sometimes this crossing has very little water or none at all but today it was crotch deep. Of course it was cold and the sun was still coming up so just kept walking to warm up. Fortunately, the first part of Davenport is old road and easy to follow which continues for about 4 miles. Eventually at the wilderness sign it goes to single track and is relatively easy to follow. At about 7.5 miles there is a rocky area with a few cottonwoods that looked promising and sure enough just off the trail in the side canyon there was a nice clear pool of water. Based on how dry it’s been this pool may be reliable even though it’s not marked as a spring. Continuing on passed by Dog Spring and Rock Spring which were both dry but would probably have something with normal winter snow. Soon after the trail drops into Davenport Wash which was also dry and passes a corral before the last mile up to Club Ranch. Within ½ mile of the ranch I lost the trail and ended up in cats claw maze. It was getting late so made it out of the cats claw and camp at Club Ranch. The ranch is about 13 miles from the Verde crossing and very nice spot to call it a night! Good water at Club Spring and reliable any time of year.

Day 2 next morning and well rested I back tracked to see where my mistake was the previous day. Found the trail and pieced together the real track to the ranch. From there Day 2 continued on Davenport Wash Trail and from Club Ranch the trail gets much rougher and difficult to follow. I had been through here a few times before but wanted to see if I could follow the original trail the whole way. About 0.6 miles from Club there is Red Rock Spring which seems to be as reliable as Club Spring with plenty of small pools and some flow. From the spring the trail climbs steeply up the hill but cairns mark the trail over the next 2 miles and could follow the old trail cuts. However, eventually I would lose the trail among some very thick manzanita and scrub oak. Not sure if the trail really exists in this section but I could find occasional remnants in the next mile. Eventually the trail reappears as it drops into South Fork Deadman Creek which would be camp for the night. Although it was dry where the trail crosses I went about 10 minutes downstream and found some nice clear pools to filter.

Day 3 and the temps dropped below freezing over night with some of my water freezing. But it warmed up quickly in the sun and the hike out of South Fork Deadman is about 1000 feet. Another ¾ mile section up slope the trail is difficult to follow but when it tops out there are some cairns and trail cuts visible again. From there it contours over to Chilson Camp and some trail maintenance we did last spring made this last 1.5 mile section easy to follow. Reached Chilson about 130 finally back on good trail for first time in about 10 miles. Followed Mazatzal Divide trail to Barnhardt and out to the trail head.

It was a good recon of Davenport Wash Trail but there definitely are sections probably about 2.5 miles where the trail disappears or is very difficult to follow. It would be great to see it cleared but some of the trail would be a total rebuild instead of maintenance.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Club Spring - Table Mountain Quad Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
several clear pools and light flow. Reliable all year water source

dry Dog Spring Dry Dry
completely dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Red Rock Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
several clear pools and light flow. Reliable all year water source

dry Rock Spring Dry Dry
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Nov 18 2017
jacobemerick
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Sheep Creek CabinPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking29.76 Miles 7,804 AEG
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1st trip
This trip could be done as an enjoyable overnight or as a terrible dayhike. I chose the latter.

pre-trail
Driving down FR 25 from 201 was bad enough for my little minivan. Parked at the fork of 25/25A and walked up the rest of the way to Mormon Grove. New moon meant great sky views.

Saddle Mountain #91
Still in fantastic shape. Was a piece of cake to walk in the dark, even when a few overgrown branches cast scary shadows over the last mile or so. Potato Patch saddle was delightfully spooky, with those two big mountains towering above, blocking out the stars. Paused at MacFarland to pull a fresh liter and to gawk at the 'food cache'.

Sheep Creek #88
Getting to Squaw Flat Spring was easy with predawn light, though I still haven't found a track I like from there to the Copper Camp junction. Oh well. The final climb was quick and easy and I made it to the 'drop-off' just before the sunrise for some ridiculously good views. Drop was easier this time around, though the trail was a bit hard to track along the creek with the fall leaves. Which I was totally willing to deal with. Few pools along the way that dried up before the seep proper. Reached the cabin area to find a dry Round Spring and creek - which I needed. Hauled up to Sears Junction and the saddle above but couldn't pick up a path until I started dropping down the other side.

Sheep Creek Trail from Sears to Davenport is a bit easier to track than the eastern part of Sears Trail, with small cairns and faint tread to track, but it was easy to lose near the washes. Oh, and that last drop down the ridge after the Sears Junction is terrible, all rolling rocks that really know how to tweak knees. I did find it interesting how small most of the cairns are, as if someone recently did some revival work, there's just not enough traffic out this way to sustain it. Once I reached Davenport Wash I was struck at how different these two trails were - Davenport Wash is like 90% packed footpath with a few cairns and Sheep Creek is 90% tiny cairn tracking and sorting through game trails.

Davenport Wash #89
Section from Sheep Creek to Club Cabin felt a bit harder to follow today, or else I was just in a rush for water. Reached the old cabin to the smell/sight of fresh horse manure but no one in sight. Drank 2 liters here, pulled another 2, figuring that would be enough to last until Deadman Creek. While I was pulling water a bear tried to sneak up on me, but I heard him crunching the leaves (about twenty feet away) and told him kindly to wait his turn.

Onto the fun part. Getting to Red Rock Spring area was simple, good trail that was being overtaken by various spiky things with well-worn alternative routes. Climbing out of Red Rock was a solid gut-punch of elevation and I accidentally ended up on a game trail about forty feet above the actual path but kept to it, unwilling to lose an inch. We met back up in time to tackle two miles of manzanita / catclaw / holly? mess that left me dripping blood from a dozen cuts. Then it was time to slip-slide descend into Upper Deadman, which was dry, and then climb back out, and I chose a bad route initially and had to do sketchy scrambling before finding the real way, and then haul up the grassy hill that never ends.

When I hit mile 21, with forty minutes of daylight left and unknown trail conditions ahead, I had to stop. Drank the last of my water, ate a disgustingly sweet bar of some sort, and watched ballooning strands sparkle over Deadman Creek in the dying day's light. It was one of those moments that I hope I never lose, feeling the concerns about getting back to a decent trail before sunset melting away in the face of silent, overpowering beauty.

Back to the hike. Hauled up the rest of the way to round the cliff by 5400' and find a lonely cairn marking the turn. Which was nice, because there hadn't been dependable cairns for much of the climb from the creek. The terrain got real rocky real fast, huge red boulders that were anything but stable, though there was a packed path hidden in the manzanita that slowly got better as I traveled east. In fact, even after the sun set, I was able to move pretty quick as obvious maintenance made the last mile painless. To whoever did this, you are awesome. Reached Chilson around six and wasted little time booking up Brody and swinging around on the Mazatzal Divide. Stopped before the saddle to don some extra clothes (temps drop fast up there) and wish for some water.

Barnhardt #43
Was far too easy to trot down, even after all those miles. One thing worth mentioning was that I was about a mile in when a large chopper slowly started flying up the canyon. It took a minute for me to register the spotlight on it and I didn't turn off my headlamp in time. They quickly zeroed in on me, swinging low circles and blinding me with their light. I waved them away but it took a while for them to acknowledge and fly away, turning towards the Sandy Saddle area. I'm unsure if someone else was in trouble and called them in or if it was a police chopper making routine rounds or what.

Yet another quiet day in the Mazzies. Didn't see anyone on the trail, only one other car parked at Barnhardt during pick-up. (Big thanks to @reynchr for assisting with the shuttle)

Mazatzal Miles: 181.5/275 (66%)
Finally got every trail southeast of Mountain Spring completed! (except Fig, but Fig only kinda counts)


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Club Spring - Table Mountain Quad Quart per minute Quart per minute

dry Hawaiian Mist Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Red Rock Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Flowing right across Davenport Wash Trail crossing, most convenient.

dry Rock Spring Dry Dry

dry Round Spring Dry Dry



water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Upper McFarland @ #88/95 Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Two large pools with clean, clear water.
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jacobemerick
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Club CabinPayson, AZ
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Backpack35.34 Miles 7,340 AEG
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The planned route was an attempt to follow @Lizard's original Club Cabin description with two key differences: I wanted to reverse it and use Sandy Saddle to go up (instead of Half Moon / Rock Creek). However, things didn't go well and I ended up bailing on the last leg.

Barnhardt #43
First time heading up this trail in daylight. Starting to get a bit overgrown in sections, all friendly green stuff that never hurt nobody. Bumped into a yuge group (12+) from Prescott Comm. who were doing a 3-week trip from here to Fossil Creek. These would be the last people I'd see in... a long time.

Sandy Saddle #231
Good grief. Even getting to Castersen Seep involved trekking-poles-above-head wading through the manzanita. There are sections of defined tread and clear track, they are just few and far between. Castersen was okay, few tanks w/ skunky water. Had a hard time tracking trail over to the next wash, and that last climb doesn't believe in switchbacks. Made it to the saddle proper with the sunset, a solid hour behind schedule. This would make a decent camp, plus there were tanks few hundred yards to the west for water. Unsure of how dependable they are.

Anyways, didn't even try to look for tread coming down the west side, just dropped in the drainage and followed it down. The wash was easy enough to navigate in the twilight / moonlight and I made it to Divide Trail, then Horse Camp Seep, without needing headlamp. Rehydrated and snoozing in hammock by ten.

Mazatzal Divide #23
As usual, big views. Was cool to look down from the ridge above the Park and try to track where Willow Spring plays on 6351'. Trail is in great shape. Thought about pushing on to Pete's Pond to camel up and didn't - stupid mistake.

Willow Spring #223
Heh. That first mile is turrible. Deadfall wasn't really a problem, more the manzanita and loose rocks underfoot. Found no cairn or tread along the way. Got a gnarly bloody nose here too thanks to a face-whacking branch, took way too long to stem the flow. Things got better on the ridge, with old tread and game trails providing an easier way forward through the shorter brush. Views across Maverick Basin were ridiculously awesome, too.

The dance along the side of 6351' was annoying, with the trail fading in and out of existence and too few cairns to connect the dots, and a pretty steep hillside to work along. Short section of good trail on the drop until it faded out again and I ended up taking a rocky drainage down to wash below. At this point I was starting to run low on water and decided to stick to the sandy wash in hopes of finding water (and maybe to avoid the manzanita/deadfall mix that waited on the southern bank). Found a decent tank (though I suspect it was only there from last night's rain) and filtered up, spooked an elk while packing up, and then hacked my way back up to trail.

Things gradually got easier along the ridge and, by the time I bumped into the Midnight Mesa Junction, the trail was straightforward to pick out. Dancing along the side of Midnight Mesa was downright fun, and the rest of the hike to Mountain Spring was enjoyable as well. Reached the spring with two hours of daylight for camp chores and treated myself to some homemade thai curry mix and a quick trough-side rinse-off.

Aside from the second night: at about ten at night that elk showed up for a drink. Darn thing was less than ten feet away before I realized he wasn't another tiny nocturnal rodent. Seeing a giant rack upside down, looking down on you as you cowboy-camp, is a hell of a way to wake up. Spooked him off and then fell back asleep to his annoyed bugles. Elk sound silly when they're angry.

Deadman #25
Getting to the junction is easy to follow, and there is a good path w/ cairns that lead down to Horse Creek. And then it disappears. Tried going up and down the banks a few time to find where it climbs and eventually just hacked up the hill. It's frustrating, because there are two old barbed fences to cross, and one would think that there'd be a gate or cairn or something to mark where you're supposed to pass through them - nothing. Got to practice my Zeta-Jones skills squeezing underneath the wires, at least. Tread shows up at the next drainage crossing and is easy to follow for the next mile, then gets faint on the long drop to Deadman Creek.

Deadman Creek seems to be dependable here, with lots of friendly trees and some reeds growing around the trickling waters. Trail was hard to track on the other side - I crossed, got to the corral, and then followed the fence east, and then lost it. Think I should have gone further east. Anyways, hacked my own way up some turrible brush and then picked a route up the hill. Found a few cairns but the tread wasn't trackable for too long. Felt like it took forever to climb up to the saddle. Once I reached the top, feeling a bit light-headed from the growing heat, I was immediately stung several times by a wasp. Made it down to the junction w/ Davenport Trail before the reaction started getting serious.

This is when things get a bit blurry. I reached out to wife (@klemerick) via inReach and let her know what had happened. I decided to head up to Club Cabin and rest for a while, took every ounce of energy to make it up that hillside - something was definitely off, either from heat or sting or both. Once I got there I remember wandering around, uncertain of what to do next, taking almost an hour before realizing that I should be drinking water given the 100+ temps. @klemerick was in constant contact and she decided that I needed to get out of there the fastest way possible, down Davenport, and that she and @reynchr would help me out along the way. Spent the rest of the day futzing around the cabin, not doing much of anything, mostly trying to get a grip on things. It was terrifying.

Davenport #89
Woke up the next morning feeling slightly better, still off. Those little climbs, especially near Rock Spring, kept knocking the wind out of me. At least the path was easy to track after the last few days - think I only lost it twice, and was able to quickly backtrack and get back on it. Don't know how I had such a hard time following it last year lol. Made it about halfway down that last mesa, outside the wilderness boundary, when a USFS truck showed up to give me a ride the rest of the way.

My rescuers, @klemerick and @reynchr, had spent the night at Sears Trailhead and left a water cache for me there while they went back and tried to find a way to get their vehicle across the Verde. By sheer luck they bumped into a ranger at the camp and explained the situation. He had access to the dam gates and drove over to save me the last four miles of hiking, which was definitely appreciated. Made it out of there in relatively good shape, though I was still shaky and weird from the day before. I have no idea how I would have gotten out of there without their help, though - trying to cross back over to Barnhardt would have been far outside my capabilities in my shape. Am very grateful for them.

Mazatzal Miles: 164.6/275 (60%)
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Big Kahuna Falls - Mazatzal Wilderness Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Castersen Seep Dripping Dripping
Well, the seep proper was dry, but there were tanks downstream that held water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Club Spring - Table Mountain Quad Quart per minute Quart per minute
Main hole was full, pools/trickles went almost halfway to cabin.

dry Dog Spring Dry Dry

dry Hawaiian Mist Dry Dry

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Tanks were lowest I've seen them.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mountain Spring - Mazatzal Dripping Dripping
Some trickle along creek, cement trough was full (and quite green).

dry Rock Spring Dry Dry
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BiFrost
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Davenport - South Fork Deadman Creek, AZ 
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Backpack avatar Mar 17 2017
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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.

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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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Headed out to Horseshoe Dam and took the road and Sears trail out about 5 miles up Davenport Wash On the way back we cut over to the lower part of Davenport trail.

There were a lot of birds at the dam: 3 pelicans, a bunch of egrets and cormorants and a bald eagle.

The washout along 479 has been fixed and the road stays up out of the wash which has been deepened to help avoid more future washouts.
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There is new construction below the dam. Looks like they built a hydroelectric power plant to supply the rest of the facilities :-k :?

Took Davenport out to wilderness boundary on way back we cut over to Sears for the return. The mesquites look great out here right now :) the foxtails not so much :lol:
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I was starting to get a bit weary of the Supes in early 2016 so the Mazzies seemed like an interesting option. Armed with exactly 0 miles hiked in this wilderness and a random assortment of gear I headed out to Horseshoe Dam to check out some trails. The plan was to do Davenport-Sears Loop as an overnight, with a short hop up to Club Cabin for water if I had time, but that turned out to be a bit ambitious.

The Hike Out
Getting to this trail is a small adventure. Parked near the overlook and crossed under the dam, which was way more awesome than I expected. Then it was mundane dirt road walking to the trailhead. I wasn't sure if the (KA/Johnson) ranch was active before heading out, but from tire tracks, crowing roosters, and random farm animals in the pastures it looks to be fully operational. Three miles later and I found Sears Trailhead, where a horse trailer was already parked in the wash. They must have driven over the dam's walkway (which is locked, btw).

First few miles beyond the wash is a winding two-track that goes through palo verde/saguaro flats, climbs up a little ridge, and then follows the open grassy ridge while providing awesome views of a chalky canyon to the north and epic ridges eastwards. Things get a little rocky again near the wilderness boundary and pauses at an old horse corral. This is where the two-track ends and it took a while for me to pick up where the footpath continues on the far side. From here on out I had to depend more on the fresh horse tracks and occasional cairn than defined trail. Climb up to a saddle, enjoy the views, drop a short bit down, and then climb to the next saddle. Got thoroughly separated from the trail twice and had some fun hacking through brush. But at least I bumped into my first Gila monster on the way!

When I finally got to Table Mountain and the Sheep Creek junction I was running behind schedule, low on water, and felt pretty drained from the exposure. Plus I had seen no water along the way, so it seemed safest to continue to Club Cabin and water up instead of saving time by cutting down towards uncertain sources on Sheep Creek. A bit over eight hours since leaving the dam I reached Club Cabin to find the pen locked tight and horses running loose inside. Finally found the group I had been following all day. We chatted, shared stories, and then I watered up at the spring, which was barely trickling. Tried using a new Sawyer mini, failed because I didn't know what I was doing, so just defaulted to an old MSR Miniworks. After an hour's rest I backtracked to Rock Spring, near the Sheep Creek junction, and set up camp near the circular water trough.

Camp
Mentioned that my gear was a random assortment. Half of it was leftover from my Midwest backpacking days and half was new fancy ultralight stuff. Dinner was a simple thing over a pocket rocket & gas, shelter a tarp-poncho with line & trekking poles to hold it up, and sleeping system a 20°F Kelty w/ Klymit X-Lite. Thanks to the huge bag I was using my 65L Scheels backpack, which was not designed to carry such a light load and had been sitting poorly all day. Plus my boots (Vasque Breeze) literally had holes in them from 5+ years of use. My back hurt and my feet bruised and, thanks to a warm and cloudy evening with some spitting rain, the sleeping bag was far too warm and bugs were out in force. Bug spray only does so much. Without a net I was reduced to huddling inside the cinched bag and sauna'd through the night. It was not a great campsite experience.

The Return
After a handful of catnaps I got up early and booked out, skipping coffee and oatmeal for a quick return. There was no way I was going to tempt Sheep Creek/Sears on the way down, not with unreliable GPS routes and a foul mood. Made one brief stop looking for water near an unnamed spring E of Dog Spring and found a little pool too small/muddy for the MSR to handle. Could have made it worked, decided to tough it out. Rolled downhill, only losing the trail once this time (progress!), and made it back in about five hours. Ran out of water at the trailhead and had a hot & dry road walk to finish things. Returned to the van after my first Mazzie experience slightly humbled and very thirsty.

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This little over-nighter turned out to be a hotter, drier and more rugged introduction to the west Mazatzals than I was looking for. My initial plans were an out and back to the Club Cabin area. However, on Friday I got the idea to try and incorporate the Sears Trail into my plan and make a large loop.

I did not research the loop I was going to make that much, but did download almost everyone's routes who had been in the area. I was using Outlander's posted loop route and some off trail extravaganza route of Bruce's to navigate Sears Trail. I ended up deciding to bail on doing the loop because there was just no water to be found and I was starting to lose faith in being able to find the connector trail to Davenport. But instead of turning around, I thought I would take Bruce's crosscut route he apparently made while visiting waterfalls in the area. I thought, "how bad could it be?" take his crosscut route to a the first point I can climb up onto Davenport and then head for the Club. Needless to say his route ended up not being very backpack friendly, but the water fall he marked on his GPS did end up being our saving grace.

I had given my last water to the dogs on the ridgleline coming down, because they were going on over an hour without water, it was on the blind faith that we would find some water in the upcoming canyons. I was hoping that water would be at a waterfall marked along Bruce's route. However, soon I was starting to doubt we would find any, as all the canyon bottoms within sight were dry. After finally reaching one of those dry canyon floors, we started to make our way towards the marked waterfall at the intersection of a parallel canyon. As we neared and maybe after an aloud prayer asking for some water to be there, Blanco heard the trickle and was off, right around the corner was a trickling waterfall, complete with deep pool underneath. The waterfall ended up being the start of a long stretch of continuous water anyways, but man did I fee like we found an oasis at the time. We made my way down canyon looking for the quickest possible route up to Davenport. I finally committed to the steep climb out and after about 7-8 tenths of a mile hit Davenport. The climb was rough on the dogs, but we were now on Davenport and I was still itching to make it to the Club.

I should have just called it a day and turned around there, but all the water in the canyon we climbed out of had me convinced that there must be some water still residing in the secondary washes along Davenport. This held to not be true and the dogs and I had a pretty hot dry hike up Davenport. I ended up giving the last of my water to the dogs just after four and we did not see water until about a mile before the Club Cabin area, sometime after six p.m. All the springs were dry and there was not even as much as a puddle left in any wash. The lack of water was compounded by the blazing midday sun and no shade. Seeing that my death march was now taking a toll on the pups, I said to myself, "stop camp, first available water." Dog Spring had a great site, but no water, Rock Spring bone dry and then finally I heard the trickle of water as we made our final drop before heading up canyon towards Club Cabin.

The campsite was not perfect, but was much appreciated. I never have too much trouble finding the good in a campsite out in the middle of the wilderness. Usual camp business, but with a little more sense of urgency due to the late arrival. The dogs were out after food and water. I had a small fire and was able to still grade a pretty good pile of essays. In bed relatively early, slept very well. The moon was great company.

I woke up early Sunday with aspirations of still making it to the cabin and then heading back, but I wised up. I knew the low light of an early start would serve the pups better on Davenport heading back to the TH. The hike out was much nicer than day one and made me wish I would have never tried to wrap the Sears Trail into my backpack. But I still found as much good in the trip as I could. It was nice to make it out to the western Mazzys, but the area really does not compare to some of the areas I have grown fond of on the other side of the range.

The heat and lack of water made the hike a little precarious at moments and I thought I broke poor Cup off on day one, but she woke up spry and chased rabbits with Blanco nearly up to the end.

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Ahhhh the Trans Mazzy Hike finally came to fruition. Previously planned and thwarted by weather we were back in the saddle so to speak. Our group of three met up with Bruce, Ken and Fan at 5:30am at Shea and the 101. We swapped cars and went our respective ways. We took Kens Jeep to the Davenport Trailhead while they took Karl's Forerunner to the Barnhardt Trailhead. We started our hikes just prior to 7:00am. Weather was perfect starting out and stayed that way for the entire hike.

We traveled along the Davenport Trail to Club Cabin (or what's left of it). There we hung out for a bit and then continued on our east bound journey. About 12 miles into the hike we crossed paths with our westbound counterparts. Everyone was doing well so we continued on our respective ways. We took the Davenport all the way to the Mazatzal Divide Trail. At times we lost the Davenport Trail however we seemed to always regain it in short time. The Divide Trail and the Barnhardt were like super highways by comparison.

We were back at Karl's car by 5:30. This hike was awesome! Along the way I saw one whitetail deer. We saw two Western Diamondbacks within 5 minutes of each other. Tons and tons of Wildflowers and for me a bunch of new territory. Couple that with great company and I call this one a winner!

Thanks Bruce for putting this one together. Thanks to Ken and Karl for the transportation. Good times!
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Big thanks to Bruce for getting this organized. Building on jj's triplog...

We had a little over 5.5 miles of rarely traveled country to knock out on the eastern Davenport Wash Trail #89. While this segment demands your attention it was not the ferocious beast feared. Water was available in many areas. No camera but 5932 was my favorite view of the day. South Fork of Deadmans Creek was the yeah baby this rocks area. Eclipsed by 6248, Mazzy Peak stood like a king.

jj hooked us up at Redendo's Pizzeria. The pizza hit the spot! Salad was average at best. Perplexing service. In all fairness it was hands down the best run business by a 12 year old.
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Blue dicks dominated west of the divide. Brittlebush was impressive too. A few scattered varieties throughout, most west of the divide.
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After bad weather put the hike on hold we finally got this one done. Joe, JJ, and I started from the west Horseshoe side at 7am while Ken, Fan, and Bruce started from Barnhardt TH about the same time. Starting up Davenport Trail # 89 we kept a good pace thanks to JJ's motor knocking out the first 8 miles to Club Cabin...also saw 2 rattlesnakes within 5 minutes of each other just before the cabin in Davenport Creek. Took short break at the cabin and then continued on the semi-off trail portion of the hike. It's 5.6 miles from Club Ranch to Chilson Camp....this section of Davenport Trail was not as bad as anticipated but still tough to follow often becoming a cairn hunt.

We met the others heading westbound about 1pm stopping to share trail knowledge of what to expect. Then continued on to South Fork of Deadman's Creek and eventually Chilson. Deadman's Creek had really good flow very nice section of canyon. But the climb out was about 1100 feet and 2 miles following remnants of the trail to Chilson Camp. Once at Chilson we were back on super trail and headed quickly towards Barnhardt with a quick stop at Big Kahuna falls. Great hike...thanks to Ken and Bruce for setting this up and JJ for the pizza :D
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brittlebush, lupine, poppies, blue dicks

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Fan, Bruce & I started on the Barnhard TH as Karl, JJ & Joe started at the Davenport TH. The South fork of the Deadman’s creek was flowing pretty good. We meet the other party a little past the creek. The next three miles had route finding and guessing. The views are awesome in the area! We took a late lunch at the club cabin and filtered some water.

We saw two rattle snakes about a .25 mile apart. These may be the same two that the east bound guys saw. We also saw a fox as the sun dropped.

Big thanks to Bruce for the route and handling the logistics and to Karl for the shuttle!
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This one's been in the thought / planning stage for more than a year.
Once the logistics of
:next: covering aprox 24 miles,
:next: on a day that Horseshoe Dam was closed (ie Verde cross-able w/ vehicle),
:next: decent weather,
:next: with a group of 6 to 10 hikers,
:next: in an area few have ventured recently,
:next: on a trail that is non-existent in places
was determined, it all fell into place.

We were thwarted 2 weeks ago by weather and our group dropped from 10 to 6. This was a key swap, since I figured it would take about 8 hours to set up and rip down a shuttle. JJ, Joe, Karl started on the Davenport Wash Trail, from the west at the Wilderness border, Ken, Fan and myself from the East at the Barnhart TH.

Temps were mostly nice on the day. Starting at 55, hitting mid 80's and ending, for us, at 72. Scattered clouds and a breeze help immensely during the day.

Hawaiian Mist and the Big Kahuna Falls were flowing decently on the way up the Barnhart Trail.

Passing the campsite just west of the intersection with the Mazatzal Divide Trail, some idiot backpackers neglected to put out their campfire and left cans from their meal in the fire. We covered it the best we could with rocks to keep it contained, not knowing when we'd get to our next water source for replenishment.

On our way through Chilson Camp we stopped and chatted with the guys camping there. A few were forest service workers out enjoying the weekend.

The views West of Chilson Camp, were pretty big. Table Mountain was the prominent peak, with numerous canyons around the South Fork of Deadmans Creek and Davenport Creek, supplying interesting views.

Now the fun begins. To this point we were on established trails. The Davenport Wash Trail from Chilson Camp to Club Cabin, has some issues. With a GPS track (Highly Recommended), you can navigate your way.

Climbing out of the South Fork of Deadmans Creek, we met the easterly traveling speedsters. We chatted for a brief moment, but I could tell that JJ's motor was running. Cue smoke, speedsters gone into a cloud dust.

From East to West, the worst section for us was betwen miles 11.5 - 13.25 (5000' to 4400'). Where we hiked, was in spots, through extremely thick brush.

At Club Cabin we topped off our water and had some lunch. Only 12 miles to go and it was 4:45pm.

At dusk we saw 2 rattlers about 5 minutes apart from each other and then spied a fox. We had a bit of trail finding issues in the dark, but made it back to Ken's Jeep, thankfully parked at the Wilderness boundary. A long, fun, challenging day.

Thanks to Richard for being a sounding board on a few issues, and
a Big Thanks to Ken :app: and Karl :app: for driving, and JJ for the Pizza. ](*,)

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** Of Note ** HAZTracks ran for 14+ Hours (Android - Galaxy S5) before the cell phone died 1/2 mile before we finished.
Cell was also on for the two hour trip to the TH. (16+ hours total)

I think that one is out of my system now....
.....do I dare start planning the next long distance Mazzy adventure that's been bugging me the last couple of years to do? It too will probably need to be a key swap. ;)
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Water was across the Trail, but did not climb up to check the source.

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Plenty to filter

Also Davenport Wash had plenty of water to both the North and West of here

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Plenty to filter

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Did not check out spring, but area downstream at Davenport Wash Trail was flowing and appears to be perennial.

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Where we crossed at the Davenport Wash Trail, there was plenty to filter.
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Took Davenport wash out for a few miles and came back on Sears trail. Chumley's 9L cairn was still there :o

FR 479 has a major washout hence the closure but you can still get around using the wash for 50 yards. Davenport wash has completely changed its course in a couple of places and an old area with large boulders is all filled in now.

Sears is starting to get a little overgrown and there were two trees down along the trail. A few spots of rain in the afternoon.

[Adding comment]: There are 3 large heavy earth moving machines building a new short road down to river level on the east side of the dam. The old metal catwalk/stairs has been removed. The vehicles are too wide to have driven across the dam so I have no idea how they got these machines there!
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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