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Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2017
wallyfrack
Hiking15.40 Miles 3,914 AEG
Hiking15.40 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.76 mph
3,914 ft AEG
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Denny suggested we hike Bill Williams trail this week. Some feather head said it was too far to drive for just 7 miles so Denny added 2 more hikes. The cackler flew the coop so we hiked without him. :lol: We arrived at the Bill Williams trail about 7am and it was nice and cool out. There were no clouds in the sky but the hike through the trees was completely shaded. We stopped to visit Mark in the tower. Mark has been on HAZ and expressed some interest in Cactus to Clouds after some trail talk. We passed several people on the hike down and it had started to warm up at the bottom. Next Denny drove over to the Red Mountain trail while I relaxed. :zzz: It was warm at the start but shortly after the start clouds moved in and the hike was nice. Denny and I explored the rock formations before turning back. There was talk of a future summit attempt but nothing planned. Next it was on to Slate Mountain to complete the turkey. (not the one who didn't show) :lol: Denny was looking for FR191 but wasn't sure which mile marker it was near. We were going to pull over to access HAZ for more info and turned into FR191. :DANCE: The drive in was slow in the car as Denny avoided the mud holes and rocks. Once at the trailhead I could hear thunder claps in the distance. We proceeded up the trail but kept watch of the sky. The trail is well groomed and the slope is gradual so you can maintain a good pace. There are flora labels along the way but some of the plants have seen better days. The summit was windy and we didn't stay long with possible thunder storms around. On the hike down (& up) we noticed a section that we could smell smoke and the air felt warm but could see no sign of fire? We finished the hike and got back on the road. While Denny was driving down I17 we saw a HAZ sticker on an SUV. I said it looked like Kyle's ride but wasn't sure. We caught up in the rain caused traffic slow down and made contact. A good day hiking in northern AZ. Thanks for driving Denny.
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