Bill Williams Mountain

Looking east toward the highest point in Arizona, Mount Humphries. That’s Dogtown Reservoir in between.

6 AUG 2022 W7A/AE-018

Route: Drive-up
Hike Distance: n/a
Elevation Gain: n/a
Navigation: Easy
Steepness: n/a
Vehicle: High clearance SUV recommended
Road: Dirt
Cell Coverage: Good (Verizon)
Hike basics

Cassie and I planned a layover in Flagstaff on Saturday on our way back from North-Central New Mexico to Topanga Canyon. I couldn’t decide on Bill Williams Mountain or A 1 Mountain, so I ended up doing both fairly easily. Cassie and I had attempted this drive-up last year in her VW Jetta and about 3/4 of the way up she vetoed that idea. If anything, the road was even worse after the winter rains this last season. I met SOTA Goat Ray W7USA on the summit in a totally random encounter and he said he had never seen the road this bad. I was glad to have Whitedog – a Tacoma 4×4 – but any decent, high clearance SUV would be okay.

The summit is a massive cluster of microwave and repeater towers. I didn’t have any trouble with the RF saturation, but I had no contacts above HF. I declined to go up into the fire lookout tower and was amazed that it was still manned by the forest service. I’m sure the RF exposure up there exceeded safe limits.

Here’s the lookout tower. I wouldn’t want to be up there in the near field of all those microwaves
The road up
Looking west

Published by wringmaster

I'm a graphic artist in the movie business. When I was a kid I got interested in astronomy. When it would get too cloudy to observe the heavens, my buddy and I would sit at the VFO of his Hallicrafters S 38c like safe crackers trying to coax faraway signals out of that humble radio. My love of astronomy and radio survive to this day fifty+ years later.

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