Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Historic Beal Wagon Trail and Wild Bill Hill Day Hike


when? Trip Report : September 28, 2014
where? Flagstaff
the hike     Don’t step in camel dung. We will try and find then hike a portion of the 1240-mile trail that extended from Arkansas to the Colorado River. The trail was plotted by Navy lieutenant Edward Beal along with camel driver Hadji Ali (Hy Jolly) and became the first federally funded road in the southwest.
    The TOPO plot appears to be mostly flat. However, will take side trip up and down “Wild Bill Hill” – and an option to summit Government Knoll on the return trip
    The hike is exploratory. Part is on trail #61 (if we can find it) shown on Kaibab National Forest Map, and part is off trail. See TOPO Map.
distance 12 miles
time 6-8 hours
EC +-1250' elevation change
elevations 7464' (Government Prairie) to 8181' (Wild Bill Hill)
type loop
starting at
FR 171 Trailhead 35° 18.592' N,  111° 49.764' W  [NAD27]
on trail 20% — Trail #61
rating "B"     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 Flagstaff
meet     6:30 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.
    Camp Verde for potty stop only (bring your breakfast). Need to be hiking by 10:00 AM or sooner.  Sunset is at 6:15 PM.  At 1.5 mph we should make it.
drive •  Take I-17 north to Flagstaff and then I-40 west toward Williams.
•  Exit at 185.
•  Turn right and go three miles north on FR 171 to the trailhead.


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