Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Johnson Canyon Railway Tunnel Day Hike
when June 1, 2019
  Trip Report : July 11, 2015
where? Williams
the hike     Come relive some AZ train history west of Williams and right off old Route 66.
    The hike starts from the abandoned settlement of Welch Station. This was one of many stations scattered along the railroad line in pre-radio days. Their purpose, to report the status of trains to the dispatcher over the company telephone or telegraph.
    It then follows old railroad right-of-way to the Johnson Canyon Railway Tunnel, the only tunnel between Kingman and Flagstaff, constructed in 1882. We’ll hike through the tunnel, look around, and then head back. Much of the trail is cut into the edge of a mountain, providing views of the canyon below.
    Next we’ll visit the Johnson Crater, an imposing meteor crater or sinkhole (nobody knows which), the Ashfork-Bainbridge Steel Dam (once the world’s largest), and a section of original US Route 66 pavement.
    For more information about the history of the area and the hike, click here.
distance 8 miles
time 4-5 hours
EC +-500' elevation change
type round trip
on trail 100% — Johnson Canyon Railway grade
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Williams
meet 6:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride.

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