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Williams City Loop, AZ
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Williams City Loop, AZ 
Williams City Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2018
chumley
Hiking8.47 Miles 1,420 AEG
Hiking8.47 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   2.82 mph
1,420 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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1st trip
I set out in the morning to hit Bill Williams from the only side I haven't yet ... Bixler. After driving nearly to Ash Fork and then having to turn back because the westbound exit on I-40 was closed during the paving project, I finally arrived where I thought I should be. Well, it should be noted that the "trailhead" for Bixler Saddle is now over 3 miles and 1100 feet of gain up a closed road. This is not mentioned on the FS website for the trail. I wasn't in the mood for 6.5 miles of old closed road walking so I decided to head back to town and try to knock out the other BW trails I hadn't previously done. (FR45 is now closed)

City of Williams Link 124
I parked at the FS office near Buckskinner Park and walked back down through the neighborhood to the unmarked start of the City Link trail. This was boring AF following an old road and buried gas line with little shade. The official trail cuts a corner at the top, but I missed it and stayed on the road/gas line until it hit Clover Springs.

Clover Springs 46
I had done the section to the springs previously, but did it downhill and had forgotten how steep the little climb up to the spring area is. Still, it's a great trail, and nicely shaded in the woods. The spring box cover is broken and there was water in it.

Buckskinner Trail 130
From the spring, I headed back toward Buckskinner Park. This trail was very nice and a highlight of the day. I might actually choose this trail as a starting point the next time I go to summit the mountain rather than using the official BW trailhead.

At the park I was going to figure out the best way to get over to the start of the High School Hill hike, and decided to check out the mini reservoirs that I saw on the topo map. I was surprised to find that City Reservoir was a scenic little lake with a handful of people out fishing. It wasn't full, but I could see this being a nice spot to spend a few free hours if you lived here.

I was anticipating an off-trail excursion over to Santa Fe Reservoir, but was pleasantly surprised to find a very well used path starting at City dam that went toward Santa Fe dam. I cut down to the reservoir early to walk along the shore before crossing the concrete-manufactured stone dam. Anglers there told me it's stocked regularly.

High School Hill
Next I crossed the road and headed up a steep berm to reach the unmarked trailhead for High School Hill. This one climbs steeply to start and I ended up hitting a wall and needing a break in the shade. After good break, I continued on with the climb leveling out for a while before the final push to the summit. Views here are pretty nice.

After making the Varsity team, I headed back down, crossed the Santa Fe dam again, and made an off-trail beeline back to my truck before heading over to Davenport Hill.

For being right in town, these trails were pretty nice, and despite being a weekend with good weather, I only encountered three other hikers on the trails, though there were also a bunch of people at the two reservoirs.
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