Arizona Hiking Gallery
Bill Williams Mountain Hike
Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZ
August 13, 2006
Gallery contains 81 photos
Gallery last updated: 8/29/2006
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On this trip I hiked the Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21 from the Williams District Ranger Station to the lookout tower on top of Bill Williams Mountain. Although the sign says 3 miles, I logged closer to 4 miles to the top (8 miles round trip.)

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From the ranger station the trail starts out flat through on open ponderosa and oak forest.

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Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii) dripping with the morning dew.

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Aspen Fleabane(?) sparkling in the morning dew.

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Beetles feeding on or drinking the dew from a pink thistle.

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The Bill Williams Mountain Trail travelling through forest edged with lichen cover boulders.

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Wright's Deervetch (Lotus wrightii).

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Bowls in the lichen covered basalt boulders hold water from the previous days rain showers.

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Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.).

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Cliff Rose (Cowania mexicana) bushes were blooming along much of the lower portion of the trail.

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At the 1/2 mile point and the junction with the Clover Spring Trail.

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Indian Paintbrush (lower let), Cliff Rose (center), Gambel Oak (upper left) and more lichen covered boulders.

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Torrey's Crag Lily (Anthericum torreyi).

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Golden-beard Penstemon (Penstemon barbatus).

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The trail still climbing through ponderosa and oak woodlands.

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A view of the trail through the forest.

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After a little more climbing the ponderosas are larger.

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Wrong side up. Root system of large fallen tree.

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Closeup of the beautiful Skyrocket Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata).

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Closeup of Golden-beard Penstemon. They're watching you!

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White mushroom.

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Yellow fungus growing on an old tree stump.

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Just below the 2 mile marker I found a tree with these incredible mushrooms growing from its trunk.

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A closeup of a group of five of these mushrooms.

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A closeup view of a single mushroom.

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A pair of the mushrooms with their bell shaped caps .

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Mushrooms on tree.

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Closeup of mushroom.

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Mushrooms on tree.

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Wild Geranium (Geranium caespitosum).

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Aspen Sunflower (Helianthella quinquenervis).

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Scouler's Catchfly (Silene scouleri) .

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Scouler's Catchfly with its very distinctive watermelon-like calyx.

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A large fly feeding on Richardson's Geranium (Geranium richardsonii).

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As the trail climbs Aspen (Populus tremuloides) begin to make an appearance.

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White to very pale blue flowers of Many-Flowered Stickseed (Hackelia floribunda).

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Yellow mushrooms on a rotting ponderosa log.

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Richardson's Geranium wet with the morning's rain.

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Closeup of Richardson's Geranium.

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Bark of the Aspen tree.

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A view of the lush forest trail.

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Silver and black fungus beetles. On researching these guys I've come across three names: Big Fungus Beetle (Cypherotylus californicus), Rough Fungus Beetle (Cypherotylus asperus) and Pleasing Fungus Beetle (Gibbifer californicus) all apparently refering to the this same beetle.

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Fungus beetles (as their namesake suggests) feeding on a large fungus.

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Horse-Mint (Agastache pallidiflora).

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Richardson's Geranium growing on a mossy log.

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A very interesting coral fungus.

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At the higher elevations the forest has become a mix of Aspen and firs.

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A dense grove of Aspen.

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A large mushroom pushing up through the forest debris.

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A view through the tall Aspens.

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On the upper reaches of the trail the trail is covered with White Fir (Abies concolor) cones, needles, and branches.

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Bright orange fungus growing on the base of a rock.

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At the intersection with the Bixler Trail. I head straight at this intersection and continue the climbing and switchbacking for another 1/2 mile or so up to the forest service road which leads to the lookout.

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The Bill Williams Mountain Trail climbing through the Aspen forest.

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The large rock outcropping seen through the moss covered trees signal that were almost to the forest service road.

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A view looking west toward Bixler Mountain and beyond.

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The Bill Williams Mountain Trail ends here where it meets up with Forest Service Road 111. This is a nice shady place to take a rest after all the hard climbing.

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The weary hiker catches his breath (there's not much oxygen up here at 9000 feet) before heading on up the road to the top of Bill Williams Mountain.

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The lookout is an easy 1/2 mile or so up the road.

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The wonderful flower of the Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha).

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A closer view of the Yellow Columbine.

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A northerly view from Forest Road 111.

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A clusters of ladybugs or ladybird beetles (Hippodamia convergens).

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Silverstem Lupine (Lupinus argenteus), aka Silvery Lupine, growing alongside the forest service road.

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It's crowded on top of Bill Williams Mountain with several communication towers.

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Those dark clouds reached the top just as I did and brought with them lightning, thunder and a hard downpour. I quickly decided not to climb the lookout tower (not visible in this photo) and got down from the mountain top in a hurry.

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A stand of Aspen trees wet from the thunderstorm that move across the mountain.

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After the thunderstorm the hike down the trail became a little soggy.

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Heading down the trail.

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The trail passes by a large lichen covered boulder.

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Bill Williams Mountain Trail.

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I haven't had a scat photo for a while...so here goes... Elk(?) scat wet from the recent rains.

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Closeup view of the Wild Geranium (Geranium caespitosum) flower.

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A small pool formed as the thunderstorm moved through.

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Heading down the rain soaked trail.

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Cloudy skies and trees reflecting in the puddles along the trail.

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A ponderosa snag. Notice all the fallen braches laying at the base of the tree.

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A northerly view through the forest near the hike's end. The building below is part of the ranger station complex near the trailhead.

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Aspen Fleabane?

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The yellow flower of the Mountain Parsley (Pseudocymopterus montanus) stands out against the backdrop of a dark log.

All images Copyright ©2006 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.