3 hours up, 1.5 hours out. I will have to look you up when we head that way this winter. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. go figure. Nice RR CapeMan! Getting to the Bill Williams Trailhead From Flagstaff, head west out of town on Rte 66 and hop onto 40 West. At the end of the offramp take a left onto Route 66, … So don't quit when you hit the road. The signed/mapped trailhead is … THE 7TH NATURAL WONDER BY AIR You may have seen the Grand Canyon before, but … 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) 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 … It’s sad to see all the cell phone towers at the top . It was quiet and peaceful, I didn't see anyone else on the trail. A lovely, shaded forest to keep us cool during our climb. I have an X /C too, we stayed in Williams awhile back and did the B.W. I started @ 7am on 5/9 when it was nice and cool. 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 mountain was named after a guide, scout, hunter, and mountain man named Bill Williams. Trailhead completely taped/blocked off. We made it to the top, but were trekking through snow the last 1000ft of elevation gain. very peaceful, not a soul in site. Had a great time with my sons!! Then the snow. Bill Williams Loop Road is one of many places in the Kaibab and Prescott National Forests, that you can camp and ride. Benham National Recreation Trail [CLOSED], https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=11666&actid=50. Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. Gardner Canyon. We hiked the Bill Williams Trail to the summit yesterday. It’s wonderfully scenic, taking you through Oak Creek Canyon, past towering red rocks. 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. We too, got caught in quite a bit of rain but once the trails dried out, it was a blast. 6,535 ft. Altitude start. This is a difficult one way trail in Kaibab National Forest. 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. Great hike , wish I would have stopped when I got to the road . good report. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. I used a Garmin gps and it was 8.2 miles round trip from the parking lot. Thanks for the report and pics. The drive takes one to two hours to complete and provides breathtaking natural views for some 30 miles. First tho, I need to check out the road to the top of Bill Williams Mtn. Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by CapeMan, Aug 28, 2016. 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 really is no reason to try to find another route. If you get the opportunity to reach the summit, the views are absolutely worth it. Leaving Williams, head … I love that area and have been thru there a few times. Turn left on Frontage Road and continue for ab… There’s also a nice little mountain bike ride called Devil Dog Loop that follows Historic Route 66. It’s 4 miles, not 3 miles from the ranger station up Bill Williams trail to the summit!! View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. Kind of killed the ambiance. 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. The trail is 3 miles to the junction with lookout trail. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road provides striking views of its namesake peak in the distance. The final 1/2 mile is pure snow. The Lookout tower is by the cell towers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. 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 is mostly packed down, but when my foot sunk in a few times it went past my knee so that way crazy. Zillow has 39 homes for sale in Williams AZ matching Bill Williams Mtn. I would rate this hike as moderate not difficult or hard due to the somewhat short length. Had a great day !!! Bill Williams Mountain Closure Reduced. There was a guy in the Lookout Tower who was coughing his ass off. Epic hike! If the ranger hadn't already done this hike and another couple of in front of us, we would not have done it. Exhausting for sure. 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 road walk at the top was actually sort of nice--gave us a chance to not watch our footing as much and breath easier. Hiked on October 12th. Almost a perfect trail. We unfortunately had to turn around, and were so close to finishing. Great hike! Was all set to climb Humphreys and the fire hit. cheers. The Bill Williams Mountain Trail is located 3.6 miles from Williams, Arizona (AZ) in Kaibab National Forest. I clocked this at more like 9.5 miles, with the last bit to the lookout (go up the tower if it’s open). Thanks, going give this route a shot this weekend. The view at the top was interesting. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. 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. 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. Great hike, couldn’t quite get to top, snow still pretty heavy. Went on a Monday, only saw 4 people. The gods of good traction must've been smiling on you. Crossroads Area. 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. 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 t-shirt weather by mile 2. Beautiful though. This trail was originally built as a "toll road" in 1902. All in all, great hike. Check Kaibab National Forest website for updates before trying to hike. 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. 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. Sign posted June 13, 2020 stating closure would remain in effect until the area receives enough rain for fire risk to decrease. I look forward to going back. I clocked it at just over 8 miles round trip. Town is just 10 miles away from dry camping, and has great food, shops, and atmosphere. Perfect summer hike in AZ! Worth the hike to beat the lowland heat. The map with the letter shows the entire Bill Williams Watershed Area closed. Also, bring a change of socks and shoes to change into when you complete this round trip hike! Would absolutely do again! A few things tend to make my review a bit negative. need some nice road to break in the parts. 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. Thank David K . The building and "look out point" were interesting, I felt like I stumbled upon one of the other's stations from Lost. Great views and a really beautiful forrest. Don't let the 1st half mile concern you. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. Parking lot completely blocked off and trailhead completely blocked with caution tape. You hear the highway for at least a mile up the trail. Don’t look for them on Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21. It is a good trip to take in the fall when the leaves are changing. Off I … This did not disappoint. road to the very top is not worth it though. Closed due to fire danger as of June 13th. Quiet, peaceful, and enough millage to make it worth the trip. USGS Topo Maps The official government … The only negative thing were the +12 fallen trees across the trail. Both of our Garmins said it was 4.2 miles to the lookout tower. And there it is, the gate's unlocked and the road is lookin' good. Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area. 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 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. Ranger was in the look out to answer questions. Altitude change-738 ft. Altitude min. This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Bulldog Canyon OHV Area. Super beautiful, peaceful, nice views from the top. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike up and back. Nice steepness reminded me of Ut. This trail is definitely hard. mountain loop. This trail was seriously awesome. The downed tree trunks were cleared from the trail and both outhouses, at the TH and at the Lookout, are open. When you reach the summit it is industrial. 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 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. NOTE: As of August 2020, this trail is closed due to extreme fire danger. 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’s best to turn around or take Bill Williams Mountain Trail north. Nice ride. Still a super great trail and some nice views on the way up! Overall beautiful. softening. Black Canyon Trail. Date of experience: August 2016. Oh, well. After the first mile and a half we hit snow. Love the trail head parking area with pit toilet. Download the free Williams South topo map. Lesson learned though! Some downed trees to climb over. So peaceful, and then beautiful views at the top. Crown King. Also there is a road at the top and you can hear trucks or atvs from the trail as you approach. I’d definitely hike this again. Please wear proper footwear. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … Did not enjoy the top as much as I had hoped simply because of all the antennas, cell phone towers, etc. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. I loved it - remote and beautiful - cool with a nice stream and snow - more as you climb I made it halfway. Gorgeous hike that isn't too difficult, despite the elevation gain. This trail is probably easier in the summer! Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. The trail is up, up, up. The snow is up to your knees at some points, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Overall great trail, had a lot of fun on it. Letter on the ranger station door is dated 8/13/2020 and states the trail will be closed until they receive enough rain. Only made it just past mile marker 2 but still beautiful.... hopefully will do the whole thing someday ;). We hiked this on April 25th for those that are curious. Ehrenberg Sand Bowl. The ban’s been lifted. It was hunting season, so I was a quiet as could be when I saw hunters! 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. just did a rebuilt on the klr. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a … Go about 29 miles and get off at exit 161 for Golf Course Dr., last exit for the town of Williams. Your respectful use of this area, while you are visiting here, will be appreciated. Sounds like to the weather just right. But the fall colors were great. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Hey capeman,,, we did get back off the main rds,,, however the bad mud and stuck rider was actually on perkinsville rd. What day didi you go up? Coming down was tricky, as gravity was pulling and the snow was FYI: the distance to the lookout written on the TH board is off by a mile, at least! 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. All microwave towers and electrical equipment. The first half was quite lovely, very doable. But I did anyhow. ). 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. This hike was more beautiful than I imagined. Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road. Nice pics, wish I could have made the ride with you. Bill Williams is the westernmost mountain above 9,000 feet in Arizona. What a beautiful hike through the woods. I started early (Sept 5) to avoid getting rained out due to monsoon season. 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. This trail goes by MC Tank, Dutch Kid Tank, Evans Tank, and Stump Tank. 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. Trail is closed again, Parking lot and trailhead closed off with barricades and caution tape. I loved this hike and would do it again if I lived here! Coleman Lake is a waterfowl nesting area and a good area for birding. Close to the Grand Canyon. Mo and I just camped in that area for a week. Round trip is about 7.5 miles. The lookout trail is another 3/4 mile. 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. Cinder Hills Area. Ponderosa pines and scrub oak at bottom and mid and upper forests. This trail/road is an attempt to link several trails to form a route. There is a small parking lot directly east of the Ranger Station. The Loop Road takes you there by way of a route that passes through scenic forests and wide open prairies. Beginning in the center of Williams, the drive circles Bill Williams Mountain, which rises to an elevation of 9,170 feet. I learned later that the road runs down the south side of the mountain to connect with South Perkinsville Road. My 6th and fastest time up. The snow can get up to your knees if your foot goes all the way through. My pedometer read 6.2 miles in because I could only take 8 inch steps! It was a great way to spend my day and I would do this hike again in any season. 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. Once on top, you have excellent views of the San Francisco Peaks, the Prescott/Chino Valley areas, and the Grand Canyon to … He either had the covid or some harsh dank bud haha! We just hiked this trail on April 1st, 2019. 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. After exploring the National Forest areas south of Williams, I decided it might be fun to figure out a different way south. Very deep snow. No snow to speak of or cross. Surprised that some hikers going up after us had very little water and simple athletic shoes. Further south is the Stage Station Loop Bike Ride which I did not do. Worth it. Road loop around Bill Williams Mountain It was okay hope to see more of the mountain Need a 4 wheeler to access mountain. Routes » Coconino Loop by Chad B. Overview. All pretty well maintained trail the whole way up. Clover Spring : 0-2 miles away: Clover Springs Loop Trail #46. Hope they made it up and down okay. Get an OHV trail map from the Williams Visitor Center. A beautiful hike. Trees were magnificent! I got chased off the top of BW mountain and just barely made it down before the deluge began. The peak is riddled with towers and there isn't much of a view. The trail steadily gains elevation but the last mile is where a lot of it comes from. The views from the platform are superb, but even from the base of the tower, they’re impressive. Great Western Trail. The Coconino Loop seeks to highlight the best of Northern Arizona mountain biking. 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. We started early to finish before the heat of the day. very nice...tiny strenuous because of the altitude gain but reasonably so! Route overview. Just got back from Williams. 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. For that reason, they view the area as sacred. Chevelon Crossing Road. Williams Loop Road Scenic Drive offers some good wildlife watching and good views of Bill Williams Mountain. Compare elevation, range, … Check out Kaibab National Forest website for all rules. My husband and I both slid cartoon-like a few times. Hiked on Oct 12; amazing fall colors all along the trail. 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. 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 distances reported by all trails seems to be off or my satellite device is wrong. Four Peak Rolls OHV Area. Perfect lung-buster hike due to elevation and the gain. There’s an easy and beautiful route to take from Interstate 40 to the Sedona area: Arizona Route 89A. Desert Wells Multiuse Area. Bill Williams Mountain Road Scenic Drive takes you right to the top of the mountain. Either way, the last bit and the top are a bit anticlimactic. Trail was nicely varied with gradual climb and tough switchbacks. I would like to hike this when there is no snow. Arizona ATV/SUV Trail Files: ArizonaTrails.kmz (0.2 mb) ATV and SUV trails throughout the four regions of Arizona. Took Bill Williams trail down. Follow the signs to the trailhead. An unexpectedly wonderful hike - did this on a whim as I headed back to Phoenix. No surprises, the rock*'s were right The juice ain't worth the squeeze for Bill Williams trail. Closed due to extreme high fire danger. ... More Stats for bixler to bill williams loop mountain bike trail trail. Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting here will be appreciated. Different climate zones. Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. A road and a pair of good trails lead to the top, which has a manned lookout tower and numerous communications equipment. Ask David K about Bill Williams Mountain. It's a gentle grade up until the last mile. Lots of sticks, rocks, and loose soil so watch footing on the way down. Amazing birch stand near the top. Very challenging. 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. I get back to Perkinsville Rd 20 miles after starting the loop, turn to the right, and head for Williams and a late lunch.