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Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: May 12 2017 12:24 pm
by chumley
August 11-13, 2017
The requests keep coming ... so mark your calendar.

Williams, AZ
Within a couple miles of White Horse Lake southeast of Williams. Driving directions to the exact site are available later in this thread. Click here.
View/download a map of the location and the two best driving routes here:

You may arrive or depart at anytime. Visit for an hour, stay for one night, or three. Whatever fits your schedule. It would be great to see familiar faces and be introduced to new ones.

Everybody is welcome. There are no restrictions.
But, please respect fellow attendees. I wouldn't personally bring children since we tend to stay up late and make a bit of noise. Dogs are welcomed as long as you can control them and they don't bother people or other dogs. Common sense things.

Nothing is provided. This is dispersed camping in the middle of a national forest. There are no restrooms, no water, nothing. Bring what you need. You are responsible for yourself. Bring your own food, shelter, etc. You are responsible for taking your own trash back home with you. There is no trash service here. Access is via a dirt road that is sedan accessible. High clearance is preferred, but not necessary, especially if you are accustomed to driving your vehicle on forest roads. If this isn't something you normally do, proceed at your own risk. I take no responsibility for your vehicle, the drive, or anything that happens to you or your property while getting to/from, or at HAZfest. You are on your own.

A fire will be built, maintained, and safely extinguished. Everything else is up to you.

Bonus: While there will be a bright sky as a result of the moon and monsoon clouds are always a possibility, Saturday night is the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower, so a sky show is possible for those who venture away from the fire.

I hope to see you there!

Please post comments or questions in this thread, or PM me directly and I will gladly respond.

Individual participants may schedule group hikes, drives, biking, fishing, kayaking, climbing, photography, etc. as daily activities, and then reconvene at camp with the larger group in the evening. Some of the known options nearby are listed below:
White Horse Lake Trail
Sycamore Rim Loop
Overland Historic Trail
Pomeroy Tanks
Scholz Lake
Summit Mountain
Davenport Hill
Dogtown Lake
Bill Williams Mountain (Benham Trail will be closest access)
Hell Canyon
Bear Canyon
Climbing at Paradise Forks and Priest Draw
Mountain biking on a variety of FS roads
Kayaking and fishing at White Horse, Dogtown, and Scholz Lakes
Wildlife viewing and photography all over including Garland Prairie and Sunflower Flat

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 03 2017 3:44 pm
by outdoor_lover
You should be able to add yourself simply by clicking on the Interested Column....

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 04 2017 7:53 am
by desertdryad
Thank you, outdoor_lover! I didn't realize it was 'self service' ;)

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 10 2017 2:04 pm
by chumley
It's just a month away now :y: ... hopefully some of you more spontaneous deciders will keep this option on your calendar.

Looking forward to meeting a few new people. I hope some in the interested column get over the fear of commitment! :)

More details will be added/updated once the calendar turns to Augustus.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 10 2017 2:35 pm
by rcorfman
Sounds like a fun time. I would have liked to go, but I'll be flying to Denver on the 11th to hike the Colorado Trail. :y:

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 29 2017 1:37 pm
by chumley
Two weeks away! :D

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 30 2017 1:32 am
by nonot
chumley wrote:Two weeks away! :D
HAZfest Master:
Are you going to wait until you get up there to pick a spot, or will you be posting a designated location a few days in advance? Thinking I might try to head up a night early, but don't want to really be hunting around in the dark.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 30 2017 9:27 am
by chumley
There are a few options. Any of them could be occupied when the first person arrives, even if it's on Wednesday! And then we'd have to go to one of the others. They are all within a mile or so of each other. I have yet to draw up a map of directions though. I'll PM you about heading up early...

I'd like to keep it as simple as possible and have a single set of directions for people. Everybody will probably have to check here before they drive up to confirm for sure that the designated spot was secured.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 30 2017 7:58 pm
by RowdyandMe
Let us know where you Camp. I my come up early as well.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 31 2017 7:40 pm
by RowdyandMe
Well my new tent is here.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 31 2017 8:22 pm
by nonot
Widowmaker wrote:@nonot
Let us know where you Camp. I my come up early as well.
I'm technology challenged so I'll be unable to contact you, but if Chumley says he has only a 1 mile zone, I'm sure it won't be too hard to find. I was thinking I might have to search about a 100+ sq mile zone which is not a fun way to spend an evening.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 31 2017 8:45 pm
by Tough_Boots
nonot wrote:I was thinking I might have to search about a 100+ sq mile zone which is not a fun way to spend an evening.
Reminds me a bit of this:

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Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Jul 31 2017 9:24 pm
by RowdyandMe
Well I am sure Rowdy and can find a place to camp and hike for a few days.
I love being retired with no particular to go.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 01 2017 9:23 am
by amy1300
I'll be getting home from Calif the 7th or 8th, and won't be within Internet access during the interim.... But I moved myself into the "committed column." Will head on up to Williams after making sure my house still stands and doing some laundry, unless something happens to prevent. (Will leave another post here if it turns out I can't come.) Looking forward to meeting some hikers I don't know yet!

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 01 2017 8:23 pm
by RowdyandMe
I still need to buy a sleeping bag and I am thinking something in the 40degree range. I am also think about a small stove to heat rowdy's food and I will live on cold sandwiches and beer.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 02 2017 8:10 am
by chumley
Skip the sleeping bag. If you drink enough beer, you can just pass out under a tree and not care one way or the other.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 02 2017 8:23 am
by The_Eagle
I think the bag is for the dog....

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 07 2017 4:05 pm
by RowdyandMe
Not sure what is really going on so I made my own plans.
Have a great time everyone.

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 08 2017 12:32 am
by chumley
Driving Directions to HAZfest!

Option 1:
Directions from Flagstaff via Garland Prairie:
Travel west on I-40 for 17 miles
Exit on Parks Road (Exit 178)

Reset odometer here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elapsed
Turn left onto Garland Prairie Road . . . . . . . . . . 0.0 mi
Drive 13.2 miles on Garland Prairie Rd
(Follow signs for White Horse Lake)
--> pavement ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.75 mi
--> road makes 90-degree right heading west . . 7.25 mi
--> road makes 90-degree right heading north . . 9.25 mi
--> road makes 90-degree left heading west . . . 10.25 mi

Turn left onto FR109 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.2 mi
Drive 7.3 miles on FR109
(Follow signs for White Horse Lake)
--> continue past turn for White Horse Lake . . . 18.2 mi
--> FR109 ends at junction with FR110 . . . . . . . 20.5 mi

Turn right onto FR110 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.5 mi
Drive 0.6 miles on FR110

Turn left onto FR11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21.1 mi
Drive 0.3 miles on FR11 to camp

HAZfest campsite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21.4 mi

Option 2:
Directions from Williams:
Reset odometer at Rt. 66 and 4th St . . . . . . . Elapsed

From the center of town, go south on 4th St . . 0.0 mi
Drive 9.0 miles on 4th St / Perkinsville Rd / CR73 (paved)

Turn left onto FR110 (dirt) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9.0 mi
Drive 6.8 miles on FR110

Turn right onto FR11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.8 mi
Drive 0.3 miles on FR11 to camp

HAZfest campsite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.1 mi


Which way should you go?

From Flagstaff, option 1 via Garland Prairie features 18.85 miles of dirt road (38 miles total).
From Flagstaff, option 2 via Williams features only 7.1 miles of dirt road, but is 10 miles longer (48 miles total).

Google Maps recommends the Garland Prairie route as the first option, indicating 57 minutes for travel. Google Maps estimates the Williams route at 61 minutes. So it’s really up to your preference.

The dirt roads are extraordinarily well-graded and very wide. High-clearance is not necessary. The amount of time it takes to drive either route is probably similar, depending on your comfort driving on dirt roads. Google time estimates are always high for me, especially on dirt roads. YMMV.

I personally prefer the drive through Garland Prairie, not just because I don’t mind dirt roads at all, but because Garland Prairie is very scenic. But if you prefer less dirt roads or want to utilize some of the services in Williams (gas, food, grocery), there is little time penalty by taking the route though Williams.

You may enter these coordinates into Google Maps or a vehicle navigation system.
35.109455 -112.057706 These coordinates mark the intersection of FR109 and FR11.

You may also download a free map of roads on the Kaibab National Forest from their website here (choose Williams District): ... eprd490027
This includes the ability to load the map onto Apple and Android smartphones as well as handheld Garmin GPS.

Of course, you can view the driving route map here on HAZ and also download it to your phone via the RouteScout app as well:
on map above - type a file name to the left of "save as" & save
on Route Scout - import > Route Cloud > tap file name you created above > tap the imported file > select follow > begin avtivity

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 08 2017 7:58 am
by chumley
Weather update:
This week is providing a few days of dry weather, which should help things dry out from what has been a relatively wet monsoon so far.

But the monsoon is expected to enter a more active pattern later in the week, resulting in increasing chances of showers and thunderstorms Friday-Sunday. So far, afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms are forecast in the 30-60% range. The forecast will get more accurate in the next couple of days.

Temps look to be 75-80 during the day, and 55-60 at night. Daytime rain showers may drop temps into the 60s. ... YnP4oqQxE4

Re: Summer HAZFest 2017

Posted: Aug 08 2017 8:50 am
by RowdyandMe
Sounds about right. I have been keeping up with the weather forecast.