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Summit Mountain Trail - Williams, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Flagstaff > Williams
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Distance Round Trip 2.36 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,250 feet
Elevation Gain 649 feet
Accumulated Gain 649 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 60-90 min
Kokopelli Seeds 5.61
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6  2017-08-11 chumley
45  2017-08-10
Summer HAZFest 2017
4  2016-05-29 azbackpackr
5  2015-06-02 azbackpackr
4  2015-05-26 azbackpackr
5  2015-05-02 azbackpackr
7  2014-07-18 azbackpackr
4  2014-07-07 azbackpackr
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Seasons   Late Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:10am - 6:37pm
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This is a hike to near the top of Summit Mountain where you can enjoy the expansive views. From the end of the trail you will find an excellent vista of the forest and rim country as it falls off to the headwaters of the Verde River and the distant Mingus and Bradshaw Mountains. Most of the trail was originally built in 1916 to access a fire lookout point. After some 50 years of abandonment, it was rebuilt in 1997 to offer an opportunity to enjoy the pleasurable walk to the top of the mountain.

Trail Layout: The well defined trail climbs steadily up 640 feet over its mile length through a forest of ponderosa pine, Gamble oak and alligator juniper.

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2018-07-14 HAZ_Hikebot
    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.

    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Summit Mountain Trail - Williams
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    I decided to get a quick trip up this old mountain trail. It's in pretty good shape. It was well constructed but clearly doesn't get much use.

    None of the posted haz routes seemed to go to the highest point, so I headed that way. The trail didn't seem to continue though there were some signs of use. At the viewpoint I found an old post set in concrete and a downed tree that had once had a ladder attached to it. I assume the ladder and post were related to the lookout point referenced on the trailhead sign, but don't know for sure.

    In any case, this was much more interesting than the antenna farm and road where the actual trail ends! A totally worthwhile little hike if you're in the area anyway!
    Summit Mountain Trail - Williams
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    Summer HAZFest 2017
    Better Late than Never I guess... :sweat:

    I did 9 Hikes on this Trip, but I decided to just do the one Photoset with the Camping, Driving and Highlights from 8 Short Hikes and a longer one, that turned just a Tad Epic in the last 4 Miles... I went up on Thursday, and hit a couple of Areas in Flag before getting to Camp after Dark.... I headed for the Barn on Sunday, although from Camp, I think it took me about 3 1/2 Hours to get to Flag because of some pretty Sweet Storm and Sunset Action along the Way....

    Chumley always puts on a Great Event and his Attention to Detail is Unrivaled. Nonot's Fires with Chumley's Wood Contributions did not Disappoint. It was Great to see Old Friends again and Meet some of the Newer HAZ Faces out there... Thanks for Organizing this Todd...

    Awesome Weekend with Good People and Sweet Hikes and some Amazing Wildlife along the Way... What did the Fox say? "Na Na, Nana Na! You didn't get a Photo of me!" ](*,)
    Summit Mountain Trail - Williams
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    Nice day for a hike. The Gambel Oaks are in full leaf now, and there are a lot more flowers. Truthfully, it looks more like early monsoon season, rather than early June.

    The view from the top was stupendous, as always. On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,or at least, to Prescott.
    Summit Mountain Trail - Williams
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    Finally, a nice warm day for hiking.

    Trying out yet another pair of shoes. This time I think I've found a winner! I just got them. REI carries them but not in Arizona. I tried on a pair owned by my cousin, and straight away ordered some. They are the Altra Superior Zero Drop shoes, a kind of minimalist shoe. The toe box is very square, which I need. They are narrow enough, and can also be cinched-up with the lacing to accommodate my narrow, low volume foot. My problem has partially been with almost all shoes being way too pointy but also too wide. I have included a photo of the shoes in the photoset.

    My feet did not burn when hiking down the hill! I think this is because my third toe actually was not cramming into the toes. Pointy toe boxes cramp my third toe, I think.

    I ought to order another pair or two just in case they change them.

    Lupine and those yellow composites, daisy-like things. Some Indian paintbrush. Some prickly pear.
    Summit Mountain Trail - Williams
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    This is a perfect little "workout" trail. It's not too far from town, if you happen to live in Williams, but it feels like you are way out in the wilderness (until you get to the top, that is, and see the microwave towers.) However, on the top, not too close to the towers, is a very nice perch from which you can see the entire planet. Or at least, a whole lot of territory! Great view!!

    I've just moved back to the area for summer seasonal employment. This year I will be able to get by on part-time, so I requested it. Plus, I've got a pair of shoes and a pair of boots that seem to fit well, unlike last summer. So, I'm hoping to get out more.

    It's a bit early for the greenery and wildflowers, but the March storm got everything wet, and it was a very warm winter. This week's forecast for scattered thunderstorms should help keep things damp, and hopefully mean that Bill Williams Mountain won't have to be closed in June, as it was last year.
    Summit Mountain Trail - Williams
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    I rarely hike this late in the day. It was kind of fun, but very shadowed on the way down the hill. Nice views this time of day. Nobody on the trail, but the ATVers are camping around the bottom of the mountain, and they like to make all kinds of noise. Thankfully they must have gone back to their RVs to eat their burgers soon after I started hiking. They don't ride this trail, but there is an ATV area nearby. Not breaking any laws, but not learning anything about nature, either. I don't get it at all.

    Scarlett bugler (penstemon).
    Summit Mountain Trail - Williams
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    A pleasant hike with a great view. This is one I'll do again, since it is close by and starts uphill quickly. Great views from the top. Mingus Mountain, Bill Williams Mountain, Secret Mountain, etc.

    I did not zero out my GPS properly, so I turned it off. So I'll use the default mileage and AEG.

    A big storm was brewing as we drove back to Williams. It poured and hailed and thundered as I drove through town. I sure hope they will open up Bill Williams Mountain soon. It has been closed for some time now due to fire danger.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike

    Access: From Williams, take County Road 73 (4th Street) south 8.5 miles to FR 110; turn left onto FR 110 and continue east 2 miles to FR 706; turn right onto FR 706 and follow the gravel surfaced road about a half a mile to the parking area on the right.

    Travel Time: About 20 minutes from Williams to the trailhead.

    Road Condition: Paved and all-weather gravelled roads suitable for passenger cars.

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