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Aug 19 2018
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
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
 
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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Aug 03 2016
azbackpackr
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66 female
 Joined Jan 21 2006
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High School Hill TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2016
azbackpackr
Hiking2.87 Miles 653 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   1.93 mph
653 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Second hike of the day. Didn't take my camera. Took a couple of photos with my cell phone, but they're not that great. Will post anyway. Very muggy and warm, very cloudy, thunder in the distance. Trail is kind of muddy but very easy to avoid mud due to it being very rocky as well. There were a lot of big puddles. It really rained hard this morning. Lots of asters and red penstemon (scarlet bugler).
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Penstemon and asters.

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Jun 07 2016
azbackpackr
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High School Hill TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2016
azbackpackr
Hiking3.03 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking3.03 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   1.87 mph
610 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Early mornings are the best time to hike, in my book. I started at 6 a.m. and finished at 7:45, then did a whole lot of other things the rest of the day. A gorgeous morning. I generally don't go to the summit of this but to a good overlook where you can see to the east, across Davenport Lake area (no lake) and the Peaks.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Santa Fe Reservoir 76-100% full 76-100% full
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Aug 20 2015
azbackpackr
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High School Hill TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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azbackpackr
Hiking2.94 Miles 574 AEG
Hiking2.94 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.26 mph
574 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Late afternoon hike just to the overlook. It's a nice view to the east, the Peaks, etc. Sun was setting as I was reaching the car.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Santa Fe Reservoir 51-75% full 51-75% full
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May 31 2015
azbackpackr
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High School Hill TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 31 2015
azbackpackr
Hiking2.87 Miles 686 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   2.13 mph
686 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Hiked only the trail to the overlook this time. (The last little bit to the summit is off-trail, and I didn't want to bother with it.) This was an after-work hike. I'd guess I can hike this after work until the days become too short.

The view from the overlook is gorgeous, looking east toward the snowy Peaks. Everything is getting so green due to our rainy May. There are a few flowers, mostly Indian Paintbrush, a few lupines and yellow composites.
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May 06 2015
azbackpackr
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High School Hill TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2015
azbackpackr
Hiking3.62 Miles 873 AEG
Hiking3.62 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   1.80 mph
873 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Last year I'd bushwhacked to the top of High School Hill and had seen a trail when I got up almost to the top. Today I found where the trail starts. It's at the end of 2nd Street in Williams, where I hiked yesterday. But yesterday I didn't see the trail. It's kind of in a jumble of old roads and a big pile of rocks at the beginning. You have to bear off to the right once you have started up the berm at the end of 2nd Street.

It's a proper trail, not an old road. I guess it is used a lot by locals but I think originally it was built for the high school kids. The trail doesn't lead to HS Hill's summit, but almost. It leads to a nice overlook to the east, and a campsite with a fire ring and logs. You have to bushwhack the rest of the way to the top of HS Hill. Nice views!

This is likely going to be a regular hike for me. It's the closest trail to where I'm living. And it's not gloomy and dark like the Bill Williams Mtn. trail. (I do like the Benham Trail, however.)
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Indian Paintbrush, lupine.

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May 05 2015
azbackpackr
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2nd Street Trail, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 05 2015
azbackpackr
Hiking1.14 Miles 229 AEG
Hiking1.14 Miles      28 Mns   2.63 mph
229 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I thought I'd take a neighborhood hike, in between the rain showers. I turned around when it started drizzling again since I hadn't come very prepared for it. (Also it's the last week of the semester, so I have writing projects due.) Anyway, I'd heard about this trailhead from my nurse practitioner. It's at the south end of 2nd Street in Williams (which is Grand Canyon Avenue at its north end.) You drive way up a hill to the end of it and park, and just start hiking. There is a network of abandoned subdivision roads.

Edit: The next day I discovered an actual trail from this trailhead, the High School Hill Trail.
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May 27 2014
azbackpackr
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High School Hill, AZ 
High School Hill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2014
azbackpackr
Hiking3.48 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.48 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   1.57 mph
1,100 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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First more-or-less "real" hike I've done in some time, since having to deal with foot problems. This hill has a nice view of Bill Williams Mountain, and a Christian Disneyland-like camp in Lost Valley, and a lot of the San Francisco Volcanic Field, and some of Williams, etc.

When I had almost reached the summit, relying on my GPS, I ran across a trail. I don't know where it starts, but maybe off 4th Street (Perkinsville Road). Or maybe it starts at that camp. It did have some footprints on it, so I guess other people climb this hill from time to time. After all, it is called High School Hill, so maybe there is a tradition of climbing it.

Forest seems dry, but not "scary dry."

Edit: One year later. I found where the trail starts! See linked description and triplog posted 5/6/15.
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