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Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Have you been seeing these colorful patches attached to hiker packs, shirts and hats while trekking Arizona trails?  They signify that the wearer is a member of the Arizona Hiking Facebook Group. The group has over 23,000 active members who share their hiking adventures, photos and advise. Join us and get a patch (NOT a requirement) of your own, too.

The goal of Arizona Hiking group is to provide a forum for hikers of all levels to
share experiences and tips.
As a member, you are expected to:
• Contribute helpful and inspiring hike-related posts.
• Respect fellow members by keeping comments civil.
• Stay on topic.
• Provide positive feedback and encouragement.
• Disagree constructively, not hatefully.
•Do not post business ads and links to draw readers to your social media sites/website/Instagram/blog/store/YouTube channel/fundraiser/group or business. This includes asking people to private message you in order to sell or direct them.
• Your personal used gear for sale or trade is okay to post.
• Do not post about "undisclosed" locations or "secret" trails. Seriously-- If you don't want anybody to know about it, don't tease about it!
• You may post non-commercial hike events to our calendar, but for-profit, events soliciting donations or paid guide hikes are not allowed.
• We encourage members to be interested in and aware of issues that impact our public lands. As posts of this nature often incite angry, hostile comments instead of solution-oriented action, we require that these topics be presented in a manner that will drive change. Therefore, when you post about a hot topic such as proposed regulations or controversial issues such as hiking in the heat, or animal abuse, please: Include a link to the agency overseeing the project or the appropriate government representative so members can respond to decision makers. Then, turn off commenting. We want you to comment where it matters.
• Posts with fund-raising/GoFundMe/Kickstarter, etc links will be deleted. Please use your personal Facebook page for such activities.
• Requests for media interviews should be directed to group Admins. The media is welcome to query group members for their personal input, but only Admins may speak on behalf of the group.
• Posts showing trespassing, disregard for park/preserve rules, vandalism or other irresponsible trail behaviors will be deleted.
• Members who habitually "kick the hive" with off-topic, non-productive posts in order to draw attention or incite hostilities will be removed from the group.
• The copyright to the Arizona Hiking Group logo is owned by founder Mare Czinar and may not be used without permission.
• You will be banned from the group for posting foul language, threats, nude photos, bullying, hostile/hateful commentary.
• The Arizona Hiking Group Facebook page was founded as a companion social media extension of

Monday, June 27, 2016


Clover Spring
On a mountain with no shortage of summit-busting hiking trails, it takes will power to swerve off the epic routes onto one with a subtler kind of charisma. Whether bypassed due to time constraints, bad weather or dwindling supplies, secondary routes often get ignored in favor of heavily travelled arterial trails. Clover Spring Trail #46 epitomizes the joy to be found on the little trails that compete for love with the summit routes on Bill Williams Mountain.
Trough at Clover Spring
More an option than a diversion, this shady, moderate path is toggled to challenging Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21 and can be hiked as either a short loop or an alternative leg that adds less than a mile to the standard summit route. The "C"-shaped connector moves through beautiful woodlands overlooking the city of Williams. A short section of climbing among lichen-cloaked boulders precedes the arrival at a rustic concrete trough marking Clover Spring. Don't expect to find water, though. The spring runs best only during spring snow melt season. Beyond the spring, the trail continues on to Buckskinner Park, a municipal recreation site with its own trail system and fishing lake. To find Clover Spring Trail from the trailhead, hike 0.15-mile on Trail #21 and turn left at the signed lower junction. Continue 0.85-mile to the spring located just beyond the upper junction. Back track to the turnoff, hike 0.6-mile then either turn right and follow the signs back to the trailhead or continue up to the mountaintop.
Pine-oak forests shade the trail

LENGTH: 3-mile loop or 9.4 miles with summit hike
RATING: moderate
ELEVATION: 6,900' - 7,200' (9,250' with summit)

From Interstate 40 in Williams, take exit 161, go south on Railroad Ave. and follow the signs to the trailhead across from the Williams District Ranger Station.
INFO: Kaibab National Forest