Arizona Hiking Gallery
Dogtown Lake Loop Hike
Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZ
September 8, 2007
Gallery contains 15 photos
Gallery last updated: 9/16/2007

The Dogtown Lake hike is an easy, flat hike (really more of an easy stroll) around Dogtown Lake southeast of Williams, Arizona in the Kaibab National Forest. I followed the Dogtown Lake Trail counterclockwise around the lake for a 2 mile loop hike late in the afternoon. Dogtown Lake, also called Dogtown Reservoir, got its name from the prairie dogs that once populated areas near the lake.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 1
Bill Williams Mountain rises above Dogtown Lake on a cloudy late afternoon.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 2
The shores surrounding Downtown Lake were covered in Calliopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) with their bright yellow flowers with maroon centers. Also known as Golden Tickseed.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 3
Bill Williams Mountain reflected in the waters of Dogtown Lake from the lake's eastern shore.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 4
The Dogtown Lake Trail turns to the west and follows the lake's north shore.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 5
The Dogtown Trail barely enters the the ponderosa forest surround the lake.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 6
The northwest shore of the lake colored yellow with Calliopsis.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 7
Bill Williams Mountain rises above the yellow fields of Calliopsis from the northwest side of Dogtown Lake.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 8
Calliopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria).

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 9
A lone fisherman trying his luck on Dogtown Lake.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 10
A Great Blue Heron flees to the other side of the lake as I approched too close for his comfort.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 11
The ponderosa forest reflected in Dogtown Lake.

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A view looking east over a field of boulders from the west end of Dogtown Lake toward Davenport Hill in the distance.

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The southern shore of the lake is also ringed with yellow from the fields of Calliopsis.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 14
A view to the east toward the boat ramp and Davenport Hill from the south side of the Dogtown Lake.

Dogtown Lake Loop Hike: Image 15
The last bit of the late afternoon sun poking through the overcast sky behind Bill Williams Mountain.

All images Copyright ©2007 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.