This trail provides visitors a pleasant route for a stroll around the lake. Another purpose for the trail is to prevent trampling damage to the immediate lakeshore. The trail is maintained by the Williams Rotary Club.
Trail Layout: The trail follows an old road on the south shore, then goes around a cove, back through the fence and across the west end of the lake.
Length: 1.8 miles
Hiking Time: 0.5 hour.
Rating: Easy. Trail is fairly flat.
Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7100 feet. Trail starts just west of the picnic area at Dogtown Lake.
Recommended Season: Early spring to early winter.
Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles. Horses are not permitted in Dogtown Campground.
Access: From Williams, take Fourth Street (County Road 73) south about 4 miles to the junction with Forest Road 140. Turn left and go about 3 miles to FR 132; turn left onto FR 132 and continue about one mile to the Dogtown Recreation Area.
Travel Time: About 20 minutes from Williams to the picnic area.
Road Condition: Paved and all-weather gravelled roads suitable for passenger vehicles. FR 140 is a high-clearance road and can become rough during peak season.
USGS Map(s): Bill Williams Mountain. (Forest map may also be useful; may be purchased at the Visitors Center.)