There was a guy in the Lookout Tower who was coughing his ass off. Ask David K about Bill Williams Mountain. The only negative thing were the +12 fallen trees across the trail. Follow the signs to the trailhead. All in all, great hike. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road provides striking views of its namesake peak in the distance. Trail was nicely varied with gradual climb and tough switchbacks. Bulldog Canyon OHV Area. mountain loop. 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. Please wear proper footwear. The road was OK until the last 5 miles, but I made to the 40 and back to town OK. PS , you are only 1 year older than me, it's great to act like a kid. Was all set to climb Humphreys and the fire hit. The snow can get up to your knees if your foot goes all the way through. 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. It was t-shirt weather by mile 2. Gardner Canyon. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. A road and a pair of good trails lead to the top, which has a manned lookout tower and numerous communications equipment. What a beautiful hike through the woods. I look forward to going back. Compare elevation, range, … The Lookout tower is by the cell towers. Ranger was in the look out to answer questions. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. 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. Nice RR CapeMan! Getting to the Bill Williams Trailhead From Flagstaff, head west out of town on Rte 66 and hop onto 40 West. 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 Kaibab National Forest Switchbacks are zig-zagging cuts in mountain trails designed to make steep ascents easier by adding miles and tempering vertical slopes. The peak is riddled with towers and there isn't much of a view. ). ... More Stats for bixler to bill williams loop mountain bike trail trail. Hey capeman,,, we did get back off the main rds,,, however the bad mud and stuck rider was actually on perkinsville rd. The mountain was named after a guide, scout, hunter, and mountain man named Bill Williams. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … Further south is the Stage Station Loop Bike Ride which I did not do. Not counting 3 brief rest breaks (5 to 8 minutes each) I made it from the Trailhead to the Lookout in 1:26:39. There’s also a nice little mountain bike ride called Devil Dog Loop that follows Historic Route 66. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Coleman Lake is a waterfowl nesting area and a good area for birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. It’s best to turn around or take Bill Williams Mountain Trail north. An unexpectedly wonderful hike - did this on a whim as I headed back to Phoenix. I have an X /C too, we stayed in Williams awhile back and did the B.W. For that reason, they view the area as sacred. USGS Topo Maps The official government … Williams, Ariz., November 20, 2020 — For Immediate Release – Forest users can now access certain areas and trails on Bill Williams Mountain, as the Kaibab National Forest William Ranger District has reduced the closure that had been in place since fire restrictions were implemented this summer. This trail was seriously awesome. He either had the covid or some harsh dank bud haha! Ehrenberg Sand Bowl. I’d definitely hike this again. Took Bill Williams trail down. I used a Garmin gps and it was 8.2 miles round trip from the parking lot. What day didi you go up? 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. The downed tree trunks were cleared from the trail and both outhouses, at the TH and at the Lookout, are open. Almost a perfect trail. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and back. Chevelon Crossing Road. Don’t look for them on Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21. Quiet, peaceful, and enough millage to make it worth the trip. 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. There is a small parking lot directly east of the Ranger Station. Great views and a really beautiful forrest. Kind of killed the ambiance. Epic hike! Please check here for updates: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=11666&actid=50, Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com. The lookout trail is another 3/4 mile. This trail is definitely hard. Desert Wells Multiuse Area. Amazing birch stand near the top. Hiked on October 12th. It is mostly packed down, but when my foot sunk in a few times it went past my knee so that way crazy. No surprises, the rock*'s were right The juice ain't worth the squeeze for Bill Williams trail. I will have to look you up when we head that way this winter. It's a gentle grade up until the last mile. Road loop around Bill Williams Mountain It was okay hope to see more of the mountain Need a 4 wheeler to access mountain. We started early to finish before the heat of the day. I love that area and have been thru there a few times. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. All pretty well maintained trail the whole way up. Did not enjoy the top as much as I had hoped simply because of all the antennas, cell phone towers, etc. I loved this hike and would do it again if I lived here! Cinder Hills Area. Closed due to extreme high fire danger. So don't quit when you hit the road. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. I learned later that the road runs down the south side of the mountain to connect with South Perkinsville Road. Went on a Monday, only saw 4 people. Either way, the last bit and the top are a bit anticlimactic. There really is no reason to try to find another route. You hear the highway for at least a mile up the trail. But the fall colors were great. Turn left on Frontage Road and continue for ab… My 6th and fastest time up. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … cheers. Hiked on Oct 12; amazing fall colors all along the trail. But I did anyhow. Trail is closed again, Parking lot and trailhead closed off with barricades and caution tape. Off I … It’s 4 miles, not 3 miles from the ranger station up Bill Williams trail to the summit!! Check out Kaibab National Forest website for all rules. Perfect lung-buster hike due to elevation and the gain. Thank David K . Just got back from Williams. Once on top, you have excellent views of the San Francisco Peaks, the Prescott/Chino Valley areas, and the Grand Canyon to … THE 7TH NATURAL WONDER BY AIR You may have seen the Grand Canyon before, but … Routes » Coconino Loop by Chad B. Overview. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. The trail is up, up, up. We too, got caught in quite a bit of rain but once the trails dried out, it was a blast. Thanks for the report and pics. Different climate zones. Download the free Williams South topo map. The Bill Williams Road (fire road) segment leading southeast along the east side of Phoenix Lake is variously noted as 0.5 miles and 0.7 miles. Both of our Garmins said it was 4.2 miles to the lookout tower. Trailhead completely taped/blocked off. Worth the hike to beat the lowland heat. Would absolutely do again! Thanks, going give this route a shot this weekend. Very deep snow. Had a great time with my sons!! I’d definitely rate this one moderate rather than hard; there is some nice elevation gain but none of the terrain is in any way difficult. At the end of the offramp take a left onto Route 66, … Surprised that some hikers going up after us had very little water and simple athletic shoes. Nice steepness reminded me of Ut. Worth it. Super beautiful, peaceful, nice views from the top. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. 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. Ponderosa pines and scrub oak at bottom and mid and upper forests. Letter on the ranger station door is dated 8/13/2020 and states the trail will be closed until they receive enough rain. Get an OHV trail map from the Williams Visitor Center. Great hike , wish I would have stopped when I got to the road . Great Western Trail. Bill Williams Mountain Closure Reduced. Still a super great trail and some nice views on the way up! I am also glad I downloaded the map because I didn't realize that the last part of the "trail" was just following an actual dirt road before turning back and doing the whole thing backwards. 6,535 ft. Altitude start. Viewing routes for driving: Popular routes for viewing fall colors include Forest Road 111 to the top of Bill Williams Mountain, County Road 73 and Forest Roads 105, 110, 140 and 354. This trail goes by MC Tank, Dutch Kid Tank, Evans Tank, and Stump Tank. The final 1/2 mile is pure snow. This hike was more beautiful than I imagined. Sounds like to the weather just right. good report. The signed/mapped trailhead is … Gorgeous hike that isn't too difficult, despite the elevation gain. My pedometer read 6.2 miles in because I could only take 8 inch steps! This is a difficult one way trail in Kaibab National Forest. Bill Williams Mountain Fire Lookout : Along this hike: Bill Williams Mountain : Along this hike: Williams Microwave Relay Station : Along this hike: Williams Microwave Relay Station : 0-2 miles away: Clover Springs Loop Trail #46. It was quiet and peaceful, I didn't see anyone else on the trail. 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. just did a rebuilt on the klr. Some downed trees to climb over. Close to the Grand Canyon. Coming down was tricky, as gravity was pulling and the snow was The first half was quite lovely, very doable. And there it is, the gate's unlocked and the road is lookin' good. 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. Closed due to fire danger as of June 13th. My husband and I both slid cartoon-like a few times. There’s an easy and beautiful route to take from Interstate 40 to the Sedona area: Arizona Route 89A. A lovely, shaded forest to keep us cool during our climb. Bill Williams Mountain Loop road, 30 miles For those interested in a scenic fall drive, the Bill Williams Mountain Loop road is not to be missed. I would like to hike this when there is no snow. We hiked this on April 25th for those that are curious. All microwave towers and electrical equipment. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Your respectful use of this area, while you are visiting here, will be appreciated. Very challenging. Only made it just past mile marker 2 but still beautiful.... hopefully will do the whole thing someday ;). Williams Loop Road Scenic Drive offers some good wildlife watching and good views of Bill Williams Mountain. Bill Williams Loop Road is one of many places in the Kaibab and Prescott National Forests, that you can camp and ride. Zillow has 39 homes for sale in Williams AZ matching Bill Williams Mtn. We unfortunately had to turn around, and were so close to finishing. Altitude change-738 ft. Altitude min. Nice pics, wish I could have made the ride with you. road to the very top is not worth it though. Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CapeMan, Aug 28, 2016. Round trip is about 7.5 miles. 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. Crown King. Trees were magnificent! It was hunting season, so I was a quiet as could be when I saw hunters! 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. Bill Williams is the westernmost mountain above 9,000 feet in Arizona. I would rate this hike as moderate not difficult or hard due to the somewhat short length. 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. Exhausting for sure. go figure. At the saddle, Bill Williams Trail crosses the road and continues straight up the mountain, but reconnects with it after about 100 yards and then follows it the rest of the way to the tower. Bill Williams Mountain Road Scenic Drive takes you right to the top of the mountain. The Bill Williams Mountain Loop makes a short, easy drive through some of the most beautiful ponderosa pine forest in Northern Arizona, with opportunities to see wildlife and learn a little area history. I loved it - remote and beautiful - cool with a nice stream and snow - more as you climb I made it halfway. If you get the opportunity to reach the summit, the views are absolutely worth it. The snow is up to your knees at some points, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Beautiful though. Great hike! The building and "look out point" were interesting, I felt like I stumbled upon one of the other's stations from Lost. It was a great way to spend my day and I would do this hike again in any season. First tho, I need to check out the road to the top of Bill Williams Mtn. I clocked this at more like 9.5 miles, with the last bit to the lookout (go up the tower if it’s open). Beginning in the center of Williams, the drive circles Bill Williams Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 9,170 feet. If the ranger hadn't already done this hike and another couple of in front of us, we would not have done it. Lots of sticks, rocks, and loose soil so watch footing on the way down. Also, bring a change of socks and shoes to change into when you complete this round trip hike! 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