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Bill Williams Mountain TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2011
joebartels
Hiking7.65 Miles 2,474 AEG
Hiking7.65 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.56 mph
2,474 ft AEG      54 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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From Slate Mtn Bruce had a back road route we followed to Bill Williams. We headed onto a faint grassy two track and he said 36 miles to go. In the back of my mind I was screaming you idiot. By this time I was so tired all my body wanted was sleep. Scratch that as we plowed through an open field at 50mph my nerves were panicking. Then we got to a better road with a 35mph sign... low and behold the ol' boy slowed down on the good road. Just as I started to comment my body said sleep...

Bruce said I slept thirty minutes when we arrived at the trailhead to round out the trifecta at Bill Williams. This was a great hike too. The beginning and the stretch before the road has a nice steep grade for those that enjoy unforgiving elevation as I do. If I lived at the base of this mountain I'd hike it daily. Since I don't I probably won't be back. The Bixler approach is better in my opinion.

This was more of a frolic for myself. Apparently a half hour sleep in two days is my ticket. The weather was still nice yet the temps pushing into the mid-eighties now seemed more saturated. Just a nice hike overall. The most memorable part of the hike was when we rounded a corner on a low catwalk at the peak... see photoset for the full play by play. Incredible, life is good!

After the hike the exploring didn't end. Bruce charted a route home down SR89 to Prescott. After twenty-five years in Arizona this was my first time in this back country. Wow I gotta get out more often. There are a lot of people living in Chino Valley and 89A has turned into a city freeway!

EXCELLENT DAY - thank you Bruce, you ROCK!
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