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Kaibab FR124-Pipeline Bike Loop - Williams, AZ
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Kaibab FR124-Pipeline Bike Loop - Williams, AZ 
Kaibab FR124-Pipeline Bike Loop - Williams, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 06 2016
azbackpackr
Mtn Biking13.33 Miles 614 AEG
Mtn Biking13.33 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   6.40 mph
614 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This was the first of what I hope to be a series of semi-epic bike rides around the Williams area. There are numerous interconnecting two-tracks and dirt roads, and old country paved roads. Not a lot of single-track around here that I personally want to ride, although there are a few mountain bikers who ride the Benham Trail. I just want to explore on the bike, not get all technical. I'm getting too old for that stuff--don't want to fall.

This loop starts out by going north on Airport Road in Williams, then turning west on the first pipeline road you get to (there are two of them). Then going under the tracks via a tunnel, and getting onto FR 160, a two-track, and then heading south on FR 124, a high-speed dirt road. Then onto pavement and through the golf course community, stopping in at Cataract Lake for a rest and back to town.

Available at ranger stations is a map for ATV riders which is very helpful for mountain bikers as well. It's free. I find that I also need to use the FS map, HAZ topos and Google Earth, and just plain on-scene checking things out. The possibilities for this type of exploring within 15 miles of Williams seem almost endless.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Scattered Indian paintbrush, some composites, mariposa lily and phlox.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Cataract Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full
Looks nice, but it's a bit low.

dry Holden Lake Dry Dry
This is basically a meadow.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Three Sisters Tank 1-25% full 1-25% full
Muddy, but has some water in it. (See photo.)
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