Check Kaibab National Forest website for updates before trying to hike. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. This hike was more beautiful than I imagined. Love the trail head parking area with pit toilet. good report. Hiked on Oct 12; amazing fall colors all along the trail. Surprised that some hikers going up after us had very little water and simple athletic shoes. Hey capeman,,, we did get back off the main rds,,, however the bad mud and stuck rider was actually on perkinsville rd. The drive takes one to two hours to complete and provides breathtaking natural views for some 30 miles. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road provides striking views of its namesake peak in the distance. The distances reported by all trails seems to be off or my satellite device is wrong. So don't quit when you hit the road. There was a guy in the Lookout Tower who was coughing his ass off. We started early to finish before the heat of the day. ... More Stats for bixler to bill williams loop mountain bike trail trail. It’s sad to see all the cell phone towers at the top . Overall great trail, had a lot of fun on it. No snow to speak of or cross. After the first mile and a half we hit snow. Letter on the ranger station door is dated 8/13/2020 and states the trail will be closed until they receive enough rain. FYI: the distance to the lookout written on the TH board is off by a mile, at least! Nice pics, wish I could have made the ride with you. 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. Nice ride. The snow can get up to your knees if your foot goes all the way through. What a beautiful hike through the woods. Get an OHV trail map from the Williams Visitor Center. Routes » Coconino Loop by Chad B. Overview. From buffed singletrack among the pines of Flagstaff to technical red rock Sedona country, this ~250 mile loop is a grand tour of Coconino Country. This trail is definitely hard. My 6th and fastest time up. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Worth the hike to beat the lowland heat. 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. I loved this hike and would do it again if I lived here! Further south is the Stage Station Loop Bike Ride which I did not do. Zillow has 39 homes for sale in Williams AZ matching Bill Williams Mtn. You hear the highway for at least a mile up the trail. Closed due to fire danger as of June 13th. Great hike , wish I would have stopped when I got to the road . The building and "look out point" were interesting, I felt like I stumbled upon one of the other's stations from Lost. 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. Beginning in the center of Williams, the drive circles Bill Williams Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 9,170 feet. Coleman Lake is a waterfowl nesting area and a good area for birding. We made it to the top, but were trekking through snow the last 1000ft of elevation gain. I get back to Perkinsville Rd 20 miles after starting the loop, turn to the right, and head for Williams and a late lunch. This trail/road is an attempt to link several trails to form a route. What day didi you go up? Thanks, going give this route a shot this weekend. I would like to hike this when there is no snow. Parking lot completely blocked off and trailhead completely blocked with caution tape. softening. Your respectful use of this area, while you are visiting here, will be appreciated. Turn left on Frontage Road and continue for ab… It’s best to turn around or take Bill Williams Mountain Trail north. It's a gentle grade up until the last mile. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and back. So peaceful, and then beautiful views at the top. Perfect lung-buster hike due to elevation and the gain. The Loop Road takes you there by way of a route that passes through scenic forests and wide open prairies. 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. Getting to the Bill Williams Trailhead From Flagstaff, head west out of town on Rte 66 and hop onto 40 West. 3 hours up, 1.5 hours out. very peaceful, not a soul in site. No surprises, the rock*'s were right The juice ain't worth the squeeze for Bill Williams trail. Different climate zones. Coming down was tricky, as gravity was pulling and the snow was Would absolutely do again! Oh, well. It’s wonderfully scenic, taking you through Oak Creek Canyon, past towering red rocks. Lesson learned though! The trail steadily gains elevation but the last mile is where a lot of it comes from. The snow is up to your knees at some points, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Then the snow. Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. 6,535 ft. Altitude start. My pedometer read 6.2 miles in because I could only take 8 inch steps! Cinder Hills Area. Took Bill Williams trail down. THE 7TH NATURAL WONDER BY AIR You may have seen the Grand Canyon before, but … Chevelon Crossing Road. The Bill Williams Mountain Trail is located 3.6 miles from Williams, Arizona (AZ) in Kaibab National Forest. A snow storm had already started so I didn't see much, but the whole thing was still beautiful. Bill Williams is the westernmost mountain above 9,000 feet in Arizona. A lovely, shaded forest to keep us cool during our climb. This did not disappoint. I loved it - remote and beautiful - cool with a nice stream and snow - more as you climb I made it halfway. Please wear proper footwear. very nice...tiny strenuous because of the altitude gain but reasonably so! Download the free Williams South topo map. 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. Perfect summer hike in AZ! Still a super great trail and some nice views on the way up! Also there is a road at the top and you can hear trucks or atvs from the trail as you approach. The map with the letter shows the entire Bill Williams Watershed Area closed. Route overview. Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CapeMan, Aug 28, 2016. We hiked the Bill Williams Trail to the summit yesterday. Follow the signs to the trailhead. Ehrenberg Sand Bowl. There really is no reason to try to find another route. Trail is closed again, Parking lot and trailhead closed off with barricades and caution tape. All pretty well maintained trail the whole way up. It’s 4 miles, not 3 miles from the ranger station up Bill Williams trail to the summit!! Altitude change-738 ft. Altitude min. Hope they made it up and down okay. Benham National Recreation Trail [CLOSED], https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=11666&actid=50. Trail was nicely varied with gradual climb and tough switchbacks. Had a great day !!! Great views and a really beautiful forrest. And there it is, the gate's unlocked and the road is lookin' good. Black Canyon Trail. A few things tend to make my review a bit negative. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. My husband and I both slid cartoon-like a few times. Round trip is about 7.5 miles. Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area. 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. Kind of killed the ambiance. The mountain was named after a guide, scout, hunter, and mountain man named Bill Williams. The first half was quite lovely, very doable. If you get the opportunity to reach the summit, the views are absolutely worth it. I love that area and have been thru there a few times. Town is just 10 miles away from dry camping, and has great food, shops, and atmosphere. 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. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … NOTE: As of August 2020, this trail is closed due to extreme fire danger. Closed due to extreme high fire danger. The ban’s been lifted. At the end of the offramp take a left onto Route 66, … I will have to look you up when we head that way this winter. 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. 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. The gods of good traction must've been smiling on you. He either had the covid or some harsh dank bud haha! 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. This trail goes by MC Tank, Dutch Kid Tank, Evans Tank, and Stump Tank. First tho, I need to check out the road to the top of Bill Williams Mtn. Once on top, you have excellent views of the San Francisco Peaks, the Prescott/Chino Valley areas, and the Grand Canyon to … I started early (Sept 5) to avoid getting rained out due to monsoon season. 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) It was hunting season, so I was a quiet as could be when I saw hunters! Bulldog Canyon OHV Area. Great hike, couldn’t quite get to top, snow still pretty heavy. Very challenging. I clocked this at more like 9.5 miles, with the last bit to the lookout (go up the tower if it’s open). 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. Epic hike! The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Close to the Grand Canyon. 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. The lookout trail is another 3/4 mile. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. It was a great way to spend my day and I would do this hike again in any season. USGS Topo Maps The official government … cheers. I learned later that the road runs down the south side of the mountain to connect with South Perkinsville Road. Either way, the last bit and the top are a bit anticlimactic. Super beautiful, peaceful, nice views from the top. The signed/mapped trailhead is … For that reason, they view the area as sacred. I look forward to going back. I’d definitely hike this again. I started @ 7am on 5/9 when it was nice and cool. Quiet, peaceful, and enough millage to make it worth the trip. The views from the platform are superb, but even from the base of the tower, they’re impressive. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Leaving Williams, head … Go about 29 miles and get off at exit 161 for Golf Course Dr., last exit for the town of Williams. We hiked this on April 25th for those that are curious. ). Gardner Canyon. 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. Just got back from Williams. I have an X /C too, we stayed in Williams awhile back and did the B.W. We unfortunately had to turn around, and were so close to finishing. 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. Beautiful though. Four Peak Rolls OHV Area. I clocked it at just over 8 miles round trip. Trailhead completely taped/blocked off. A beautiful hike. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. There’s an easy and beautiful route to take from Interstate 40 to the Sedona area: Arizona Route 89A. There’s also a nice little mountain bike ride called Devil Dog Loop that follows Historic Route 66. just did a rebuilt on the klr. It is mostly packed down, but when my foot sunk in a few times it went past my knee so that way crazy. 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. It is a good trip to take in the fall when the leaves are changing. Ranger was in the look out to answer questions. 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. Date of experience: August 2016. Lots of sticks, rocks, and loose soil so watch footing on the way down. But I did anyhow. I would rate this hike as moderate not difficult or hard due to the somewhat short length. Nice steepness reminded me of Ut. A road and a pair of good trails lead to the top, which has a manned lookout tower and numerous communications equipment. Also, bring a change of socks and shoes to change into when you complete this round trip hike! 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 … The trail is 3 miles to the junction with lookout trail. Not counting 3 brief rest breaks (5 to 8 minutes each) I made it from the Trailhead to the Lookout in 1:26:39. 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