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Wild Bill Hill, AZ

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Distance Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,600 feet
Elevation Gain 550 feet
Accumulated Gain 550 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.75
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Trips 181 map ( 570 miles )
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Location Flagstaff, AZ
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Preferred May, Sep, Oct, Jun → 9 AM
Seasons   Early Summer to Late Autumn
Sun  6:47am - 6:30pm
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Hoodoos anyone?
by fotogirl53

Wild Bill Hill is a cinder cone-shaped like a cloverleaf overlooking Government Prairie. Between the northern summit and the western summit, the side of the volcano has eroded, leaving interesting and picturesque hoodoos.

The roads to Wild Bill Hill range from graded to rough, smooth to rutted, and during monsoon season, dry to deep tracks of water and mud. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for the last 3 miles. You might need four-wheel drive if the area has received a lot of moisture.

The road skirts Wild Bill Hill for the last mile, and as you come around the cinder cone, you can easily see the trailhead. A sign lets you know that the road is closed to vehicles and it's time to hike. This trail doesn't seem to get much visitation, as the old road is quickly becoming a single track. The track goes straight up to a saddle between the western and eastern summits. Get ready to feel the burn as you ascend 550 feet in +/- 2000 feet.

When you reach the top, find the faint trail to the east, which leads to the top of the eastern knob. This bald summit is perfect for a 360-degree panoramic view of Government Prairie, the San Francisco Peaks, and Kendrick Mt. There are two markers for those of you who "collect" them. Wildflowers and cacti can be found up there, too. Go back down the trail to the saddle, and pick up the trail leading to the west, toward the saddle between the western and northern summits. In just a couple hundred yards, surprise! The side of the volcano has eroded, leaving a canyon full of hoodoos.

The trail to the right goes up the northern slope of the summit, where there are good views of the hoodoos. The erosion has resulted in interesting growth of Ponderosa and limber pines. Unfortunately, there isn't a formal trail to the top of the summit.

Back down the trail to the saddle, then continue along a spine that goes out on the rim of the hoodoos. Be very careful as the ground is made up of small gravel that is very slick on the steep slopes.

If you want to summit the western knob, it is very steep from the hoodoos. You might want to backtrack to attack it from the first saddle. The summit is listed at 8189 feet.

However, from the hoodoos, the trail continues south to a smaller hoodoo area, then around the hill back to the trailhead. The trail takes you through s beautiful stand of big, old-growth fir trees. As you descend in elevation, the trees thin out to grassland. I lost the trail but easily continued around the hill until my truck came into sight.

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2010-08-01 fotogirl53
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Flagstaff, there are two approaches to this trailhead:

    1. On Highway 180 north from Flagstaff, travel approx. 14 miles to FR 245, turning left (milepost 230). There is a brown FS road marker on Hwy 180 alerting you to this road. Once on FR 245, follow it approx. 3 miles to the intersection with FR 171. Turn left and continue 2 miles to the intersection with FR 156, where you turn right. FR 156 can be very muddy and rutted in wet weather. After +/- 2 miles, you come to a T intersection. Turn left and go through the barbwire gate onto Babbitt ranch land. Be sure to close the gate as the CO Bar cattle graze on this land. Follow the road, taking the first left that goes around the mountain. You will see another track to the left, with the Trailhead sign.

    From I-40: Take the Bellemont exit, then follow the access road by the truck stop. This is old Route 66 going west. About 1 mile from the truck stop, turn right on FR 171. Follow this through the forest about 5 miles, turning left on FR 156. Then pick up the directions as listed above.
    page created by fotogirl53 on Jul 31 2010 10:58 pm

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