Sunday, October 7, 2012

Bill Williams Mountain

Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21
Kaibab National Forest
Williams, Arizona
Mileage - 7.65
Time - 3:20
AEG - 2474ft

Bill Williams Mountain has been on the hiking "to do" list for quite some time now, and this weekend presented the perfect opportunity to make it happen.  To my surprise, Brittney asked if I wanted to go camping, so of course I started planning.  Nearly every campground across the state was booked Saturday night, except a KOA outside of Williams.  I reserved a spot right away knowing we could wake up Sunday with plenty of time to summit the 51st most prominent peak in Arizona.

This route truly has everything I look for in a hike, and it all starts with easy access from I-40 or the town of Williams itself to reach the trailhead.  The trail follows a well marked, nicely maintained path through a healthy forest of old growth pines and aspens on the way to a summit offering incredible 360 degree views spanning across Northern Arizona.  The ascent is less than 4 miles and climbs over 2,400 feet providing a nice workout with a big payoff.   Mount Humphreys, Kendrick Mountain, Sitgreaves Mountain, even the North Rim of the Grand Canyon can be seen from the top.  Be sure to check out the fire tower on the summit (which was constructed in the 1930's), its accessible to the public and you can capture an even greater glimpse of the surrounding landscape.  Pretty cool...unless you don't like heights! 

So if you're planning a trip to the Grand Canyon or Las Vegas, I would recommend staying in the historic town of Williams and hanging out downtown, hiking Bill Williams, or making a drive through the wildlife park; Bearizona.  There is so much to see and do in Arizona, this place never ceases to amaze me!

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