It is mostly packed down, but when my foot sunk in a few times it went past my knee so that way crazy. I learned later that the road runs down the south side of the mountain to connect with South Perkinsville Road. This hike was more beautiful than I imagined. I clocked it at just over 8 miles round trip. Altitude change-738 ft. Altitude min. So don't quit when you hit the road. 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. I love that area and have been thru there a few times. Worth the hike to beat the lowland heat. Trailhead completely taped/blocked off. The lookout trail is another 3/4 mile. 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. After the first mile and a half we hit snow. The drive takes one to two hours to complete and provides breathtaking natural views for some 30 miles. Kind of killed the ambiance. Love the trail head parking area with pit toilet. Benham National Recreation Trail [CLOSED], https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=11666&actid=50. What day didi you go up? Thank David K . Very challenging. Road loop around Bill Williams Mountain It was okay hope to see more of the mountain Need a 4 wheeler to access mountain. Close to the Grand Canyon. The ban’s been lifted. very peaceful, not a soul in site. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Go about 29 miles and get off at exit 161 for Golf Course Dr., last exit for the town of Williams. Desert Wells Multiuse Area. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. We started early to finish before the heat of the day. ). What a beautiful hike through the woods. Turn left on Frontage Road and continue for ab… Quiet, peaceful, and enough millage to make it worth the trip. The signed/mapped trailhead is … I’d definitely hike this again. Overall great trail, had a lot of fun on it. 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. Arizona ATV/SUV Trail Files: ArizonaTrails.kmz (0.2 mb) ATV and SUV trails throughout the four regions of Arizona. The distances reported by all trails seems to be off or my satellite device is wrong. good report. The first half was quite lovely, very doable. The mountain was named after a guide, scout, hunter, and mountain man named Bill Williams. Hey capeman,,, we did get back off the main rds,,, however the bad mud and stuck rider was actually on perkinsville rd. The view at the top was interesting. A few things tend to make my review a bit negative. Ehrenberg Sand Bowl. Great views and a really beautiful forrest. When you reach the summit it is industrial. There’s also a nice little mountain bike ride called Devil Dog Loop that follows Historic Route 66. Trail was nicely varied with gradual climb and tough switchbacks. 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. I loved this hike and would do it again if I lived here! Worth it. No surprises, the rock*'s were right The juice ain't worth the squeeze for Bill Williams trail. Leaving Williams, head … Clover Spring : 0-2 miles away: Clover Springs Loop Trail #46. Four Peak Rolls OHV Area. And there it is, the gate's unlocked and the road is lookin' good. So peaceful, and then beautiful views at the top. Bill Williams Loop Road is one of many places in the Kaibab and Prescott National Forests, that you can camp and ride. 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. Great hike , wish I would have stopped when I got to the road . Compare elevation, range, … Check out Kaibab National Forest website for all rules. 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. Hiked on Oct 12; amazing fall colors all along the trail. We made it to the top, but were trekking through snow the last 1000ft of elevation gain. 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. Parking lot completely blocked off and trailhead completely blocked with caution tape. 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. 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. Very deep snow. Bill Williams Mountain Road Scenic Drive takes you right to the top of the mountain. This trail/road is an attempt to link several trails to form a route. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. Almost a perfect trail. Nice RR CapeMan! cheers. A beautiful hike. This trail was seriously awesome. I have an X /C too, we stayed in Williams awhile back and did the B.W. Sounds like to the weather just right. The snow can get up to your knees if your foot goes all the way through. Trail is closed again, Parking lot and trailhead closed off with barricades and caution tape. Epic hike! Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CapeMan, Aug 28, 2016. I loved it - remote and beautiful - cool with a nice stream and snow - more as you climb I made it halfway. Did not enjoy the top as much as I had hoped simply because of all the antennas, cell phone towers, etc. First tho, I need to check out the road to the top of Bill Williams Mtn. 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. An unexpectedly wonderful hike - did this on a whim as I headed back to Phoenix. The peak is riddled with towers and there isn't much of a view. Zillow has 39 homes for sale in Williams AZ matching Bill Williams Mtn. But I did anyhow. Then the snow. Chevelon Crossing Road. 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. The snow is up to your knees at some points, and it’s not for the faint of heart. softening. It was hunting season, so I was a quiet as could be when I saw hunters! Still a super great trail and some nice views on the way up! Off I … Follow the signs to the trailhead. He either had the covid or some harsh dank bud haha! The Bill Williams Mountain Trail is located 3.6 miles from Williams, Arizona (AZ) in Kaibab National Forest. The gods of good traction must've been smiling on you. 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. If the ranger hadn't already done this hike and another couple of in front of us, we would not have done it. I would like to hike this when there is no snow. I started early (Sept 5) to avoid getting rained out due to monsoon season. Great hike! Getting to the Bill Williams Trailhead From Flagstaff, head west out of town on Rte 66 and hop onto 40 West. Routes » Coconino Loop by Chad B. Overview. The Loop Road takes you there by way of a route that passes through scenic forests and wide open prairies. I would rate this hike as moderate not difficult or hard due to the somewhat short length. Once on top, you have excellent views of the San Francisco Peaks, the Prescott/Chino Valley areas, and the Grand Canyon to … Thanks for the report and pics. I started @ 7am on 5/9 when it was nice and cool. 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. There is a small parking lot directly east of the Ranger Station. 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 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. The final 1/2 mile is pure snow. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. 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. Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area. No snow to speak of or cross. Some downed trees to climb over. 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. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … Gardner Canyon. Overall beautiful. road to the very top is not worth it though. I will have to look you up when we head that way this winter. Had a great time with my sons!! I look forward to going back. At the end of the offramp take a left onto Route 66, … This did not disappoint. The trail is 3 miles to the junction with lookout trail. Both of our Garmins said it was 4.2 miles to the lookout tower. Cinder Hills Area. Williams Loop Road Scenic Drive offers some good wildlife watching and good views of Bill Williams Mountain. Either way, the last bit and the top are a bit anticlimactic. 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. Coleman Lake is a waterfowl nesting area and a good area for birding. Download the free Williams South topo map. Had a great day !!! Perfect lung-buster hike due to elevation and the gain. There really is no reason to try to find another route. need some nice road to break in the parts. USGS Topo Maps The official government … 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. Mo and I just camped in that area for a week. The building and "look out point" were interesting, I felt like I stumbled upon one of the other's stations from Lost. I clocked this at more like 9.5 miles, with the last bit to the lookout (go up the tower if it’s open). This is a difficult one way trail in Kaibab National Forest. We just hiked this trail on April 1st, 2019. Also there is a road at the top and you can hear trucks or atvs from the trail as you approach. If you get the opportunity to reach the summit, the views are absolutely worth it. Closed due to fire danger as of June 13th. FYI: the distance to the lookout written on the TH board is off by a mile, at least! Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. Coming down was tricky, as gravity was pulling and the snow was Not counting 3 brief rest breaks (5 to 8 minutes each) I made it from the Trailhead to the Lookout in 1:26:39. Check Kaibab National Forest website for updates before trying to hike. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. very nice...tiny strenuous because of the altitude gain but reasonably so! Black Canyon Trail. 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. The trail is up, up, up. Please wear proper footwear. Exhausting for sure. It was t-shirt weather by mile 2. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. I got chased off the top of BW mountain and just barely made it down before the deluge began. Nice steepness reminded me of Ut. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. This trail is probably easier in the summer! Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. There’s an easy and beautiful route to take from Interstate 40 to the Sedona area: Arizona Route 89A. The views from the platform are superb, but even from the base of the tower, they’re impressive. 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. The Coconino Loop seeks to highlight the best of Northern Arizona mountain biking. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Gorgeous hike that isn't too difficult, despite the elevation gain. mountain loop. This trail is definitely hard. 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. All microwave towers and electrical equipment. The trail steadily gains elevation but the last mile is where a lot of it comes from. just did a rebuilt on the klr. 6,535 ft. Altitude start. Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. Lesson learned though! Beginning in the center of Williams, the drive circles Bill Williams Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 9,170 feet. Trees were magnificent! Ponderosa pines and scrub oak at bottom and mid and upper forests. Route overview. We unfortunately had to turn around, and were so close to finishing. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. Amazing birch stand near the top. It’s best to turn around or take Bill Williams Mountain Trail north. ... More Stats for bixler to bill williams loop mountain bike trail trail. go figure. Not hard to stay on the trail (besides near the top and the snow storm was a bit out of control), the green diamonds were easy to follow. 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 … We hiked this on April 25th for those that are curious. All pretty well maintained trail the whole way up. A lovely, shaded forest to keep us cool during our climb. Sign posted June 13, 2020 stating closure would remain in effect until the area receives enough rain for fire risk to decrease. This trail was originally built as a "toll road" in 1902. 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. Bill Williams Mountain Closure Reduced. 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. It’s wonderfully scenic, taking you through Oak Creek Canyon, past towering red rocks. I get back to Perkinsville Rd 20 miles after starting the loop, turn to the right, and head for Williams and a late lunch. Went on a Monday, only saw 4 people. For that reason, they view the area as sacred. Date of experience: August 2016. The map with the letter shows the entire Bill Williams Watershed Area closed. My husband and I both slid cartoon-like a few times. Round trip is about 7.5 miles. The downed tree trunks were cleared from the trail and both outhouses, at the TH and at the Lookout, are open. I used a Garmin gps and it was 8.2 miles round trip from the parking lot. Thanks, going give this route a shot this weekend. Bulldog Canyon OHV Area. The Lookout tower is by the cell towers. 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) THE 7TH NATURAL WONDER BY AIR You may have seen the Grand Canyon before, but … 3 hours up, 1.5 hours out. Took Bill Williams trail down. 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. Crown King. Nice ride. After exploring the National Forest areas south of Williams, I decided it might be fun to figure out a different way south. Town is just 10 miles away from dry camping, and has great food, shops, and atmosphere. It is a good trip to take in the fall when the leaves are changing. It’s 4 miles, not 3 miles from the ranger station up Bill Williams trail to the summit!! Ask David K about Bill Williams Mountain. Different climate zones. It's a gentle grade up until the last mile. Beautiful though. Ranger was in the look out to answer questions. Only made it just past mile marker 2 but still beautiful.... hopefully will do the whole thing someday ;). A snow storm had already started so I didn't see much, but the whole thing was still beautiful. But the fall colors were great. Would absolutely do again! It was a great way to spend my day and I would do this hike again in any season. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and back. Also, bring a change of socks and shoes to change into when you complete this round trip hike! Crossroads Area. Great Western Trail. There was a guy in the Lookout Tower who was coughing his ass off. Closed due to extreme high fire danger. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … Bill Williams is the westernmost mountain above 9,000 feet in Arizona. Great hike, couldn’t quite get to top, snow still pretty heavy. 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. Hiked on October 12th. Just got back from Williams. Your respectful use of this area, while you are visiting here, will be appreciated. Oh, well. Super beautiful, peaceful, nice views from the top. This trail goes by MC Tank, Dutch Kid Tank, Evans Tank, and Stump Tank. The road walk at the top was actually sort of nice--gave us a chance to not watch our footing as much and breath easier. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Surprised that some hikers going up after us had very little water and simple athletic shoes. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Further south is the Stage Station Loop Bike Ride which I did not do. NOTE: As of August 2020, this trail is closed due to extreme fire danger. It’s sad to see all the cell phone towers at the top . 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. You hear the highway for at least a mile up the trail. My pedometer read 6.2 miles in because I could only take 8 inch steps! Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. Don't let the 1st half mile concern you. Was all set to climb Humphreys and the fire hit. The only negative thing were the +12 fallen trees across the trail. It was quiet and peaceful, I didn't see anyone else on the trail. All in all, great hike. We hiked the Bill Williams Trail to the summit yesterday. 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 Loop Road provides striking views of its namesake peak in the distance. Hope they made it up and down okay. 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. 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