A beautiful hike. Beautiful though. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/east-of-phoenix-riders-group.630792/page-412#post-30248045, (You must log in or sign up to reply here. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. All in all, great hike. Super beautiful, peaceful, nice views from the top. Worth the hike to beat the lowland heat. So peaceful, and then beautiful views at the top. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. My husband and I both slid cartoon-like a few times. The Coconino Loop seeks to highlight the best of Northern Arizona mountain biking. It is a good trip to take in the fall when the leaves are changing. Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. very nice...tiny strenuous because of the altitude gain but reasonably so! Love the trail head parking area with pit toilet. Date of experience: August 2016. I would rate this hike as moderate not difficult or hard due to the somewhat short length. Great views and a really beautiful forrest. Not counting 3 brief rest breaks (5 to 8 minutes each) I made it from the Trailhead to the Lookout in 1:26:39. If you get the opportunity to reach the summit, the views are absolutely worth it. MAP: Kaibab National Forest – South PERMITS: none DESIGNATION: Kaibab National Forest BEST SEASONS: spring, summer, fall DISTANCE: 7.6 miles round trip WATER: none reliable ELEVATION: trailhead ~6,900ft – summit ~9,256ft (gain ~2,300ft) ACCESS: paved roads to trailhead DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Williams AZ, drive west on Railroad Avenue for about one mile. The peak is riddled with towers and there isn't much of a view. Ranger was in the look out to answer questions. A road and a pair of good trails lead to the top, which has a manned lookout tower and numerous communications equipment. Bill Williams is the westernmost mountain above 9,000 feet in Arizona. The mountain was named after a guide, scout, hunter, and mountain man named Bill Williams. After crossing the road, the trail continues for another half-mile to the top of the mountain and the Bill Williams Lookout Tower, which is open to visitors during the fire season. Follow the signs to the trailhead. Check out Kaibab National Forest website for all rules. When you reach the summit it is industrial. But I did anyhow. There’s an easy and beautiful route to take from Interstate 40 to the Sedona area: Arizona Route 89A. Sounds like to the weather just right. Also there is a road at the top and you can hear trucks or atvs from the trail as you approach. Please wear proper footwear. My friend and I were hiking in sandals because we had been in Sedona and Cottonwood all weekend, and the final 1/2 mile is almost 1000 feet of elevation. Go about 29 miles and get off at exit 161 for Golf Course Dr., last exit for the town of Williams. About 2 miles in you hit some patches of snow and then just a little further after that and you are in snow almost the rest of the way. The ban’s been lifted. Altitude change-738 ft. Altitude min. There’s also a nice little mountain bike ride called Devil Dog Loop that follows Historic Route 66. The lookout trail is another 3/4 mile. The building and "look out point" were interesting, I felt like I stumbled upon one of the other's stations from Lost. Four Peak Rolls OHV Area. Clover Spring : 0-2 miles away: Clover Springs Loop Trail #46. Town is just 10 miles away from dry camping, and has great food, shops, and atmosphere. All pretty well maintained trail the whole way up. I love that area and have been thru there a few times. Kind of killed the ambiance. Route overview. This trail is probably easier in the summer! Off I … Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. Great hike , wish I would have stopped when I got to the road . Getting to the Bill Williams Trailhead From Flagstaff, head west out of town on Rte 66 and hop onto 40 West. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. The Lariat trail built by “Cement Bill” Williams is a 4.6-mile switchback of 56 curves including seven hairpins that rise 2,000 feet from 19th Street to Buffalo Bill’s Grave. What day didi you go up? Heading back down was what I imagine skiing to be like since I just slid on the snow most of the way while more dip and dots fell from the sky. The Bixler Saddle Trail climbs past majestic rock formations and good viewpoints on the west side of Bill Williams Mountain, then joins the Bill Williams Mountain Trail about half a mile from the top, six miles roundtrip total to the summit. An unexpectedly wonderful hike - did this on a whim as I headed back to Phoenix. Coleman Lake is a waterfowl nesting area and a good area for birding. I’d definitely hike this again. Just got back from Williams. Great hike, couldn’t quite get to top, snow still pretty heavy. The Bill Williams Mountain Trail is located 3.6 miles from Williams, Arizona (AZ) in Kaibab National Forest. I would like to hike this when there is no snow. Letter on the ranger station door is dated 8/13/2020 and states the trail will be closed until they receive enough rain. Trees were magnificent! Directions from Williams: Go west from the downtown on Bill Williams Avenue about one mile; turn left at Clover Hill and proceed along the frontage road to the turnoff to Williams Ranger District office. After the first mile and a half we hit snow. It was quiet and peaceful, I didn't see anyone else on the trail. Download the free Williams South topo map. The Loop Road takes you there by way of a route that passes through scenic forests and wide open prairies. The snow can get up to your knees if your foot goes all the way through. BILL WILLIAMS MOUNTAIN TRAIL Kaibab National Forest Switchbacks are zig-zagging cuts in mountain trails designed to make steep ascents easier by adding miles and tempering vertical slopes. It was a great way to spend my day and I would do this hike again in any season. No snow to speak of or cross. All microwave towers and electrical equipment. Routes » Coconino Loop by Chad B. Overview. I clocked it at just over 8 miles round trip. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … There was a guy in the Lookout Tower who was coughing his ass off. I either lost the trail when it crossed the last road or the trail just turns into a dirt road for the last half mile or so. Bill Williams Mountain Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Williams, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. Total Distance: 18.7 miles Elevation: 6,381 – 7,179 feet Technical Rating: 1 Scenic Rating: 8 Season: April – December <= | => AZ | AZ PAVED | AZ CN AZ NE | AZ NW | AZ SO <= | => Warning: The user is solely responsible for safe navigation and the prudent use of … I've been on Perkinsville rd several times and passed through Williams heading north towards the GC but never spent time in Bill Williams Mtn area. Round trip is about 7.5 miles. Hi 2 SPOT ... saw the post by azredline so know you got off the maintained roads to at least have a look at Sycamore Point. The first 1/2 mile you climb a lot of elevation quickly, but then it sort of coasts and climbs gradually for the next 2 miles. Bill Williams Mountain Road Scenic Drive takes you right to the top of the mountain. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Benham National Recreation Trail [CLOSED], https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=11666&actid=50. Almost a perfect trail. The signed/mapped trailhead is … Closed due to extreme high fire danger. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and back. This trail/road is an attempt to link several trails to form a route. go figure. You hear the highway for at least a mile up the trail. This did not disappoint. Exhausting for sure. Mo and I just camped in that area for a week. The views from the platform are superb, but even from the base of the tower, they’re impressive. Trail is closed again, Parking lot and trailhead closed off with barricades and caution tape. I learned later that the road runs down the south side of the mountain to connect with South Perkinsville Road. Very challenging. I loved this hike and would do it again if I lived here! Went on a Monday, only saw 4 people. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. Desert Wells Multiuse Area. good report. Different climate zones. Trail was nicely varied with gradual climb and tough switchbacks. Crossroads Area. We too, got caught in quite a bit of rain but once the trails dried out, it was a blast. THE 7TH NATURAL WONDER BY AIR You may have seen the Grand Canyon before, but … I did a loop from the Ranger Station around to Benham, rode that up until the first fire road crossing, and took the fire road all the way to the radio station at the very top. A lovely, shaded forest to keep us cool during our climb. Had a great day !!! My pedometer read 6.2 miles in because I could only take 8 inch steps! Bill Williams Mountain Closure Reduced. Bill Williams Closure 2011 (1) Bill Williams Closure 2014 (1) Bill Williams Mountain (7) Bill Williams Mountain Loop (1) Bill Williams Mountain Trail (4) Billy Creek (3) Bismarck Lake (5) Bixler Saddle (1) Black Bears (1) Black Canyon City (7) Black Canyon Heritage Park (1) Black Canyon Trail (9) Black Canyon Trail: Antelope Creek Segment (1) A snow storm had already started so I didn't see much, but the whole thing was still beautiful. Black Canyon Trail. Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CapeMan, Aug 28, 2016. The description/directions for the Bill Williams Trail is the described on the front page.... Off if I40-exit 161/Frontage Road head west again past Day's Inn until you reach a sign for the Bill Williams Ranger Station. But the fall colors were great. I look forward to going back. Ponderosa pines and scrub oak at bottom and mid and upper forests. I clocked this at more like 9.5 miles, with the last bit to the lookout (go up the tower if it’s open). Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … What a beautiful hike through the woods. need some nice road to break in the parts. Perfect lung-buster hike due to elevation and the gain. road to the very top is not worth it though. I loved it - remote and beautiful - cool with a nice stream and snow - more as you climb I made it halfway. This trail is definitely hard. Coming down was tricky, as gravity was pulling and the snow was The sign says 3 but that only gets you to the where there’s a turn off to a trail heading down the other side. I used a Garmin gps and it was 8.2 miles round trip from the parking lot. Surprised that some hikers going up after us had very little water and simple athletic shoes. We hiked this on April 25th for those that are curious. Leaving Williams, head … USGS Topo Maps The official government … Zillow has 39 homes for sale in Williams AZ matching Bill Williams Mtn. NOTE: As of August 2020, this trail is closed due to extreme fire danger. 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