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Clover Spring Loop Trail, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Williams
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Distance One Way 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,810 feet
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7  2018-09-04
Clover Spring Secret Links
11  2018-08-19
Williams City Loop
23  2015-08-08
Bill Williams Mountain Tour
11  2015-08-08
Bill Williams Mountain Tour
5  2014-09-06
Bill Williams Mountain Trail
12  2014-09-06
Bill Williams plus Clover Spring
10  2014-06-04 azbackpackr
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These trails ( Clover Spring & Buckskinner ) are located on the lower slopes of Bill Williams Mountain. They offer the hiker access to the mountain and the Bill Williams Mountain Trail from the City of Williams and, if used together, provide opportunities for short loop walks through the forest of pine and oak. Clover Spring is a small seep once developed as a domestic water supply which now provides water to wildlife. Water from this spring may not be safe for human consumption.

The well defined trails can be used to create a variety of short hikes or to access the Bill Williams Mountain Trail for a longer hike to the top of Bill Williams Mountain. A suggested short hike is to begin at Buckskinner Park and walk the Buckskinner Trail to the Clover Spring Loop Trail, follow this loop trail (connected by a section of the Bill Williams Mountain Trail) around clockwise, and return to Buckskinner Park. This 2 mile hike will take about one hour to walk.

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Clover Spring Loop Trail
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    Bill Williams Mountain Tour
    Ray wanted to get in some hiking at Elevation. I came up with this one that starts at 6,900', climbed to 8,700', dropped to 7,800, and then up to the top of Bill Williams at 9,256. Once again, Dave was a 9:45p the night before addition.

    The Bill Williams Trail #21 was as I remembered. It climbs like a mutha, right from the gitgo. There's a few spots where it levels off to let you catch you breath, then back up again. There is some large, thick, old growth that is defiantly not JimH approved.
    There are not many views at all on this trail through the trees.

    First time on the Bixler Saddle Trail #72. This trail does not get much use, but is in great shape. Finally you get some sweet views to the west. There are some cragily rocky peaks that look like some of you rock hounds would enjoy climbing. We went down to the western TH and then turned around and climbed back up the 900' we'd just descended. I like this trail.

    Next we made our way to the Bill Williams Peak at 9,256'. We descended a bit to find a place where it might be a bit warmer to eat some lunch and catch some views. Of course this was the first time on the day it decided to rain lightly. We abbreviated our lunch as we all needed to get moving to get warm.

    Next it was the Benham Trail #38. Some how we missed the TH up top and ended up joining it partway down the Tower Road. Another trail with good views and in great shape. Also another that does not get much traffic.

    The plans next were to follow some back roads to catch up with some more trails to the north. We ended up traversing around some PP and ultimately walk through a nice neighborhood where some of Williams Upper Crust call home.

    After passing the City Reservoir, we found some use trails that met up with the City of Williams Link Trail #124. (Looks like it caters to the MTB community)

    We took the Buckskinner #130 to check out Clover Spring and then back to the Clover Spring Trail #46 and back to the TH.

    Buckskinner/Clover Spring/Williams City trails, would make a nice short loop if you were in the area.

    Perfect temps on the day ranging from 61 a couple of times, to 75. We had a bit of light rain and the Gods were Bowling overhead a few times.

    Good times, always good conversations, bickering, poking, jabbing with these gents.

    Thanks for driving Ray....
    Clover Spring Loop Trail
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    Bill Williams plus Clover Spring
    I tried to find a 6-7 mile hike that would be suitable for a mid-afternoon start time to accommodate fotg's schedule, and this seemed to fit the bill (humor me and laugh at that, ok?)

    I've never been up here, and enjoyed it despite the solid climb at elevation, which I'm not accustomed to. Rain threatened all afternoon, but never affected us. In fact it was a little bit warm in the sun at the bottom of the hike. But after a short break at the summit we were both caught a little bit chilly without an extra layer to wear.

    I was putting HAZ tracks through my first serious test, and it tracked way high in mileage. I learned that it pauses when I take pano photos, and that left a couple of short gaps near the summit.

    On the way down we took a detour to Clover Spring where Blanco and Cup enjoyed some clear water. There was no other water on the entire hike.
    Clover Spring Loop Trail
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    A nice little loop my new boss showed me today. Yes, I took pictures of signs. And I forgot to turn the darned GPS on when we started out. (Anyone else have that problem? Or, forgetting to turn it off?) Anyway, it's on the flank of Bill Williams Mountain.

    There is water in Clover Spring, but not running. It is green water inside the cistern thingy.

    It's very dry around here right now, so the Forest Service is getting ready to close off this area to all entry until monsoon arrives.

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    Map Drive

    To hike
    Buckskinner Trail #130 - In the city of Williams go to the south end of 6th Street and follow the signs to Buckskinner Park. The trail begins just southwest of the picnic shelters.


    City of Williams Link Trail #124 - The trail begins at the west end of Sheridan Street in the southwest section of the City of Williams. Park on the street. The trailhead is not marked. The first few hundred yards of the trail crosses private property. Please respect the owner's property.
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