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Jun 15 2019
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
B Williams Mtn - JCR Tunnel - Stone to Steel, AZ 
B Williams Mtn - JCR Tunnel - Stone to Steel, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
joebartels
Hiking14.54 Miles 3,085 AEG
Hiking14.54 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.44 mph
3,085 ft AEG      24 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Bill Williams Mountain Trail
Nice cool mountain hike through pines and Aspen. Nothing to lose sleep over and the bottom is a drag returning. No Humphreys.
Beats the valley heat! Under ten hikers, most later in the hike.

Johnson Canyon Railway Tunnel
Enjoyed the unknown terrain (getting rare) heading in. The temp drop in the tunnel was a welcome reprieve. We hiked over/around instead of back through then took a break in the tunnel before heading back. Interesting history, amazingly little trace left. Just the grade, tunnel and very few other hints. Toasty heading back until clouds and light sprinkles saved the day.

Stone to Steel
Decent trail for middle of nowhere. I enjoyed it but would not recommend unless already in the area. Appears semi popular with vehicle campers.

Synopsis
Nice trio. Great to get in TWO new little hikes on the fringe of day hike range from the valley.

Forgot my hat today. Per usually, the HAZ Western ultralight in my pack saved the day!

Thanks to Denny for suggesting and thanks to Wally for driving
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Jun 15 2019
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
B Williams Mtn - JCR Tunnel - Stone to Steel, AZ 
B Williams Mtn - JCR Tunnel - Stone to Steel, AZ
 
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking14.54 Miles 3,085 AEG
Hiking14.54 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.44 mph
3,085 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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It’s been to long. These guys are a hoot!! Thanks guys, you rock!
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Mar 28 2019
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 Joined Aug 28 2008
 Prescott, AZ
Stone to Steel TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 28 2019
TwoWeims
Hiking1.00 Miles 250 AEG
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We went down to check out the reservoir levels for possible kayaking location. Both the upper and lower lakes are full. The trail is in decent shape in spite of the recent weather.
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Aug 02 2014
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 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Stone to Steel TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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hikeaz
Hiking1.20 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      30 Mns   2.40 mph
200 ft AEG
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The first large steel dam in the world was constructed in semi-remote Johnson Canyon, three miles east of Ashfork and fifteen miles west of Williams to supply water to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad over 100 years ago. Francis H. Bainbridge, a civil engineer working for the railroad, invented and patented the steel dam, which was fabricated by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company and shipped to the site for erection. Development of this new water supply for the railroad was a key to opening the door to the arid west.
The steel dam, built in 1898, was constructed with 24 curved plates sloped downstream giving this unique structure a scalloped appearance. The central steel section is 184 feet long, 46 feet high, and weighs an estimated 460,000 pounds.

About a mile upstream is a second dam, called, aptly the Stone Dam, It was completed in 1902 after precision-cut stone blocks of Coconino sandstone mined in nearby Ash Fork were lifted into place by crane and set by skilled stone masons
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Either of these dams are a worthy hike destination, but there is now capability of seeing them BOTH on one easy hike. The one-month-old (with some short sections remaining under construction)Stone to Steel Trail offers an easy, winding path downstream from the Stone Dam to the Steel Dam and back.

Exit I-40 @ Exit 151 - Welch Road. Head northeast-ish on FR 6 to where you intersect the decrepit former Route 66 (dilapidated pavement) - Head west on this 'road' for about 2 miles and then look for and take FR 6ED north. 6ED may deteriorate beyond the capability of you vehicle so pay attention. Worst case, get out and walk down the road to the trailhead.
Walk down and inspect the Stone Dam. On my visit the water was about 8' below the dam brink and was somewhat murky. You will likely see birds of prey around the lake and as far as I can discern the lake is, or at one time was stocked with bass and other sport fish. From the fisherman rubbish around the banks I believe it is still stocked. (Why is it that the litterbugs always seem to drink Bud Light? -- I do not believe that I have EVER seen a craft beer bottle or can as litter.)
Anyway... from the south side of the dam take the obvious, signed trail west as it meanders for about 3/4 mile to the Steel Dam. Explore the steel dam and if game head to the north side of the creek and check out Steel Crater. On the downstream side below the steel dam you will find some small pools that are rife with bright green frogs and in the girder-structure behind the dam is some sort of large bird nest. (Maybe hawk or osprey?)
If you are game, head across the creek-bed to the north and check out Steel Crater.
Once fished in this area, head back the way you came.

Once back on Old 66 we travelled west to see what there was to see, exploring the side dirt roads. We eventually ended at the western terminus of Old 66 at a locked gate (see map) which precludes making this into a loop affair.
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kurt
average hiking speed 1.95 mph

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