Great views and a really beautiful forrest. 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. Also there is a road at the top and you can hear trucks or atvs from the trail as you approach. This hike was more beautiful than I imagined. Don’t look for them on Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Download the free Williams South topo map. The Lookout tower is by the cell towers. Bill Williams Loop Road is one of many places in the Kaibab and Prescott National Forests, that you can camp and ride. very peaceful, not a soul in site. Very challenging. The signed/mapped trailhead is … This did not disappoint. Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area. Close to the Grand Canyon. Overall great trail, had a lot of fun on it. Lots of sticks, rocks, and loose soil so watch footing on the way down. Quiet, peaceful, and enough millage to make it worth the trip. You hear the highway for at least a mile up the trail. Your respectful use of this area, while you are visiting here, will be appreciated. Bill Williams Mountain Closure Reduced. Sign posted June 13, 2020 stating closure would remain in effect until the area receives enough rain for fire risk to decrease. Mo and I just camped in that area for a week. The Bill Williams Mountain Trail is located 3.6 miles from Williams, Arizona (AZ) in Kaibab National Forest. USGS Topo Maps The official government … 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 look forward to going back. I loved this hike and would do it again if I lived here! Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. The building and "look out point" were interesting, I felt like I stumbled upon one of the other's stations from Lost. Route overview. Desert Wells Multiuse Area. Nice RR CapeMan! Black Canyon Trail. Worth it. Cinder Hills Area. It was hunting season, so I was a quiet as could be when I saw hunters! Sounds like to the weather just right. But I did anyhow. Leaving Williams, head … 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. Kind of killed the ambiance. 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. It’s best to turn around or take Bill Williams Mountain Trail north. This trail/road is an attempt to link several trails to form a route. Round trip is about 7.5 miles. Please wear proper footwear. It is mostly packed down, but when my foot sunk in a few times it went past my knee so that way crazy. Closed due to extreme high fire danger. I learned later that the road runs down the south side of the mountain to connect with South Perkinsville Road. FYI: the distance to the lookout written on the TH board is off by a mile, at least! Altitude change-738 ft. Altitude min. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. I would rate this hike as moderate not difficult or hard due to the somewhat short length. Oh, well. The downed tree trunks were cleared from the trail and both outhouses, at the TH and at the Lookout, are open. Beautiful though. Trail is closed again, Parking lot and trailhead closed off with barricades and caution tape. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. There’s also a nice little mountain bike ride called Devil Dog Loop that follows Historic Route 66. Arizona ATV/SUV Trail Files: ArizonaTrails.kmz (0.2 mb) ATV and SUV trails throughout the four regions of Arizona. Routes » Coconino Loop by Chad B. Overview. A road and a pair of good trails lead to the top, which has a manned lookout tower and numerous communications equipment. Chevelon Crossing Road. 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 … Road loop around Bill Williams Mountain It was okay hope to see more of the mountain Need a 4 wheeler to access mountain. We made it to the top, but were trekking through snow the last 1000ft of elevation gain. We hiked the Bill Williams Trail to the summit yesterday. The Coconino Loop seeks to highlight the best of Northern Arizona mountain biking. 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. Benham National Recreation Trail [CLOSED], https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=11666&actid=50. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road provides striking views of its namesake peak in the distance. Hope they made it up and down okay. 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. Hiked on Oct 12; amazing fall colors all along the trail. All in all, great hike. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. The views from the platform are superb, but even from the base of the tower, they’re impressive. Just got back from Williams. The trail steadily gains elevation but the last mile is where a lot of it comes from. THE 7TH NATURAL WONDER BY AIR You may have seen the Grand Canyon before, but … 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!! Surprised that some hikers going up after us had very little water and simple athletic shoes. Letter on the ranger station door is dated 8/13/2020 and states the trail will be closed until they receive enough rain. Once on top, you have excellent views of the San Francisco Peaks, the Prescott/Chino Valley areas, and the Grand Canyon to … 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. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and back. Crossroads Area. very nice...tiny strenuous because of the altitude gain but reasonably so! Getting to the Bill Williams Trailhead From Flagstaff, head west out of town on Rte 66 and hop onto 40 West. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. 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. It’s sad to see all the cell phone towers at the top . Closed due to fire danger as of June 13th. Clover Spring : 0-2 miles away: Clover Springs Loop Trail #46. Went on a Monday, only saw 4 people. I get back to Perkinsville Rd 20 miles after starting the loop, turn to the right, and head for Williams and a late lunch. 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. Epic hike! I love that area and have been thru there a few times. 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. Was all set to climb Humphreys and the fire hit. It was quiet and peaceful, I didn't see anyone else on the trail. And there it is, the gate's unlocked and the road is lookin' good. Bulldog Canyon OHV Area. NOTE: As of August 2020, this trail is closed due to extreme fire danger. We too, got caught in quite a bit of rain but once the trails dried out, it was a blast. The trail is 3 miles to the junction with lookout trail. All microwave towers and electrical equipment. 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. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. just did a rebuilt on the klr. It’s wonderfully scenic, taking you through Oak Creek Canyon, past towering red rocks. I used a Garmin gps and it was 8.2 miles round trip from the parking lot. Turn left on Frontage Road and continue for ab… Great hike, couldn’t quite get to top, snow still pretty heavy. The map with the letter shows the entire Bill Williams Watershed Area closed. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. Trail was nicely varied with gradual climb and tough switchbacks. 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. The only negative thing were the +12 fallen trees across the trail. This trail is probably easier in the summer! Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. Coleman Lake is a waterfowl nesting area and a good area for birding. 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. A lovely, shaded forest to keep us cool during our climb. No surprises, the rock*'s were right The juice ain't worth the squeeze for Bill Williams trail. A beautiful hike. After exploring the National Forest areas south of Williams, I decided it might be fun to figure out a different way south. There really is no reason to try to find another route. The view at the top was interesting. Either way, the last bit and the top are a bit anticlimactic. The mountain was named after a guide, scout, hunter, and mountain man named Bill Williams. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Perfect summer hike in AZ! 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. Date of experience: August 2016. 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. Bill Williams Mountain Road Scenic Drive takes you right to the top of the mountain. Super beautiful, peaceful, nice views from the top. Love the trail head parking area with pit toilet. My pedometer read 6.2 miles in because I could only take 8 inch steps! I loved it - remote and beautiful - cool with a nice stream and snow - more as you climb I made it halfway. Gardner Canyon. Amazing birch stand near the top. Hey capeman,,, we did get back off the main rds,,, however the bad mud and stuck rider was actually on perkinsville rd. Very deep snow. Took Bill Williams trail down. For that reason, they view the area as sacred. The final 1/2 mile is pure snow. Bill Williams is the westernmost mountain above 9,000 feet in Arizona. We just hiked this trail on April 1st, 2019. I started @ 7am on 5/9 when it was nice and cool. 3 hours up, 1.5 hours out. There was a guy in the Lookout Tower who was coughing his ass off. Perfect lung-buster hike due to elevation and the gain. road to the very top is not worth it though. Beginning in the center of Williams, the drive circles Bill Williams Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 9,170 feet. need some nice road to break in the parts. Exhausting for sure. Hiked on October 12th. Gorgeous hike that isn't too difficult, despite the elevation gain. Go about 29 miles and get off at exit 161 for Golf Course Dr., last exit for the town of Williams. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. 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. Only made it just past mile marker 2 but still beautiful.... hopefully will do the whole thing someday ;). Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … My 6th and fastest time up. We unfortunately had to turn around, and were so close to finishing. Not counting 3 brief rest breaks (5 to 8 minutes each) I made it from the Trailhead to the Lookout in 1:26:39. I will have to look you up when we head that way this winter. No snow to speak of or cross. What day didi you go up? 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. 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. softening. The snow can get up to your knees if your foot goes all the way through. I started early (Sept 5) to avoid getting rained out due to monsoon season. Crown King. Don't let the 1st half mile concern you. ... More Stats for bixler to bill williams loop mountain bike trail trail. At the end of the offramp take a left onto Route 66, … He either had the covid or some harsh dank bud haha! Some downed trees to climb over. 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. A snow storm had already started so I didn't see much, but the whole thing was still beautiful. Nice steepness reminded me of Ut. So peaceful, and then beautiful views at the top. 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 trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. cheers. We started early to finish before the heat of the day. Overall beautiful. Off I … Trees were magnificent! Great Western Trail. Great hike! The Loop Road takes you there by way of a route that passes through scenic forests and wide open prairies. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. My husband and I both slid cartoon-like a few times. If the ranger hadn't already done this hike and another couple of in front of us, we would not have done it. 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. This trail is definitely hard. The ban’s been lifted. I would like to hike this when there is no snow. Thanks, going give this route a shot this weekend. 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. Town is just 10 miles away from dry camping, and has great food, shops, and atmosphere. Parking lot completely blocked off and trailhead completely blocked with caution tape. All pretty well maintained trail the whole way up. I have an X /C too, we stayed in Williams awhile back and did the B.W. Thanks for the report and pics. 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 lookout trail is another 3/4 mile. mountain loop. This trail goes by MC Tank, Dutch Kid Tank, Evans Tank, and Stump Tank. Almost a perfect trail. 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. There is a small parking lot directly east of the Ranger Station. If you get the opportunity to reach the summit, the views are absolutely worth it. The first half was quite lovely, very doable. Would absolutely do again! There’s an easy and beautiful route to take from Interstate 40 to the Sedona area: Arizona Route 89A. It was a great way to spend my day and I would do this hike again in any season. Then the snow. Follow the signs to the trailhead. 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. 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. Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CapeMan, Aug 28, 2016. The drive takes one to two hours to complete and provides breathtaking natural views for some 30 miles. The gods of good traction must've been smiling on you. ). But the fall colors were great. Check out Kaibab National Forest website for all rules. This trail was seriously awesome. Trailhead completely taped/blocked off. Williams Loop Road Scenic Drive offers some good wildlife watching and good views of Bill Williams Mountain. The distances reported by all trails seems to be off or my satellite device is wrong. 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. go figure. Coming down was tricky, as gravity was pulling and the snow was We hiked this on April 25th for those that are curious. Ask David K about Bill Williams Mountain. This is a difficult one way trail in Kaibab National Forest. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Zillow has 39 homes for sale in Williams AZ matching Bill Williams Mtn. 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. An unexpectedly wonderful hike - did this on a whim as I headed back to Phoenix. Get an OHV trail map from the Williams Visitor Center. The peak is riddled with towers and there isn't much of a view. Four Peak Rolls OHV Area. A few things tend to make my review a bit negative. Nice pics, wish I could have made the ride with you. I got chased off the top of BW mountain and just barely made it down before the deluge began. Nice ride. Thank David K . Ponderosa pines and scrub oak at bottom and mid and upper forests. Ehrenberg Sand Bowl. I clocked it at just over 8 miles round trip. The snow is up to your knees at some points, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Worth the hike to beat the lowland heat. 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. Different climate zones. Still a super great trail and some nice views on the way up! 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. Lesson learned though! Ranger was in the look out to answer questions. Had a great time with my sons!! 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. Check Kaibab National Forest website for updates before trying to hike. good report. Great hike , wish I would have stopped when I got to the road . I’d definitely hike this again. So don't quit when you hit the road. Had a great day !!! Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. Further south is the Stage Station Loop Bike Ride which I did not do. This trail was originally built as a "toll road" in 1902. The trail is up, up, up. After the first mile and a half we hit snow. 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) What a beautiful hike through the woods. First tho, I need to check out the road to the top of Bill Williams Mtn. Did not enjoy the top as much as I had hoped simply because of all the antennas, cell phone towers, etc. Both of our Garmins said it was 4.2 miles to the lookout tower. Also, bring a change of socks and shoes to change into when you complete this round trip hike! It was t-shirt weather by mile 2. 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. It's a gentle grade up until the last mile. When you reach the summit it is industrial. 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. Compare elevation, range, … Were the +12 fallen trees across the trail and I would have when... 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