The trail provides visitors to Dogtown Lake with an interesting, scenic day hike to the top of Davenport Hill and back featuring a pleasant, shady, pine and oak forest and views of the Williams area.. The higher elevation of the hill ( 7805 feet) and the northern exposure of the trail provide hikers with a cool climatic change and also a change in vegetation from ponderosa pine to Douglas fir/white fir and oak near the summit. From the trail, you can enjoy scenic views of Dogtown Lake and the country around Williams


The trail follows Dogtown Wash about 0.3 mile and then climbs to a flat, where it follows an old logging road before turning north toward Davenport Hill. The trail ascends the hill at a gradual 8% grade to the top.


The well-marked trailhead starts from the parking area next to the boat ramp. The first part of this trail is a nature walk, complete with markers of interesting flora. While this hike starts on this nature walk, after about 0.25 miles you will see a small sign pointing you towards the top of Davenport Hill. The trail walks through a forest of pine, oak, and spruce as it gradually climbs towards the hill.   After about 0.4 miles of hiking, you'll reach a small gate. After about 1.3 mile of hiking, you cross a dirt road. From here, the trail begins to climb in earnest to the summit. The trail winds around the hill, presenting different viewpoints of the surrounding area. After 2.75 miles of hiking, you reach the top, which is marked by a sign "Davenport Hill, Elevation 7805” and the turnaround point.


Here are some photos:



This will be our first time here. Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. However, since this is an out-n-back trail route, hikers may choose their own pace and distance.  We will all turn around and return at a predetermined, agreed upon time or, using walkie talkies, at whatever time we otherwise unanimously agree upon while on the trail. Expect this hike to last 3-4 hours


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More details, trail maps, and photos here:






Distance:     5.44 miles

Time:            3-4 hours

Difficulty:    moderate

Trail:             forest

Trailhead  Elevation:   7045 ft.

Elevation  gain:     746 ft.

Parking:       next to boat ramp with restrooms, picnic tables, camping, fishing, etc.

parking GPS:  35° 12’ 41”, -112° 07’ 26”

Entry fees:   none

Dogs:            OK on leash



Always carry and drink plenty of water! 

Sunscreen and insect repellent is advised.

Supportive footwear is also advisable.

Have light rain gear available (we may hike in light drizzle).

 (Scattered afternoon thunderstorms are common at high altitudes July – September.)

SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.

Hike at your own risk.



TO GET THERE: Take I-17 north 125 miles from the 101 to reach I-40.  Take exit 340B to merge onto I-40 W toward Los Angeles.  Drive 32 miles to take exit 163. Turn left onto N Grand Canyon Blvd toward Williams. Then turn right onto W Railroad Ave.  Then take the 2nd left (south) on to 4th St. (a.k.a. Perkinsville Road, CR 73), and continue 3.8 miles to FR 140. 


Turn left (east) onto FR 140 (Dogtown Rd ) and follow about 2.7 miles to FR 132 (Dogtown Rd); turn (left)north onto FR 132 and drive 1.2 miles to the boat ramp/campground turnoff on the right. 


Park in the boat ramp lot. Davenport Hill Trail begins at the Ponderosa Trail sign at the far, east end of the parking lot. Last few miles are on maintained dirt suitable for passenger cars.


Travel Time: About 30 minutes from Williams to start of trail.

Road Condition: Paved and all-weather roads, suitable for sedans.

MAP: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5189846.pdf


Google says the trail head is 2 hours 43 minutes from the I-17 & 101… 166 miles

Google says the trail head is 1 hour from the I-17 & I-40 interchange… 40 miles



Carpooling can save gas money but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements.  You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.



Following the hike: Before returning to Phoenix, we will reconvene for rehydration and food locally… perhaps at Cruiser’s café.


Home to a matrix of train depots and a main drag replete with saloons, malfunctioning neon and leather-clad, wandering “cowboys” spewing booze-addled folklore while engaging in mock shoot outs, Williams is a hot spot of activity in the middle of nowhere. Yup—it’s a loud, crowded, hokey-as-all-get-out slice of Americana anchoring the best preserved stretch of the “Mother Road”---historic Route 66.  People who like trains gravitate to this time warp of a whistle-stop (located 35 miles west of Flagstaff) for its perpetual clamber of metal on rails and diesel fumes.  Also it’s pretty easy to spend a day in town noshing at trackside joints like Cruisers Café, Doc Holliday’s Steakhouse or Pancho McGillicuddy's.



This the last of what will be from 1-5 hikes over the 4-day weekend, depending on each individual hiker’s preferences. Hikers participating in several hikes are encouraged to use overnight lodging in Flagstaff to avoid long tiring drives from Phoenix. For those of you who like to camp, a convenient campground is the Bonito campground near sunset crater. Several of us will be staying at Days Hotel, 2200 E. Butler.

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  • Tony

    The last of the July 4th weekend hikes and the question on everyone's lips was "will it rain, will it hail, or will we just get a plague of locusts?"

    The hike itself was quite pleasant, some ups and downs, with most of the climbing left for the end. During the hike we waited patiently for the rain -or the hail - or the locusts. The view at the end was worth the trip and the "where is the trail" incident was perfect for practicing navigation with the GPS.

    On the way down we encountered much-big-juju-magic in the form of various strange and ancient looking symbols, created from pine cones and sticks, lying in the trail with "Made By Tammy" inscribed on the side in invisible ink. With much trepidation these were passed. Towards the end of the hike Jack emerged with an adult beverage for our fearless leader.

    After the hike we went into Williams to a wonderfully tacky restaurant for more chat and food.

    But did it rain or hail? There's no space left so you'll just have to guess.

    July 8, 2013

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