Sightseers and their four-legged friends have been climbing Arizona's Bill Williams Mountain on this well-groomed trail since 1902; the trail's original builder charged hikers and equestrians a toll to enjoy this scenic vantage point. These days the trail is maintained by the Kaibob Nation Forest.
The Bill Williams trailhead is reached from the parking lot of the Williams District Ranger Station, not far from I-40. It's about an hour south of the Grand Canyon and an hour west of Flagstaff, making it convenient for both tourists and weekend adventurers, and the dogs who love them, of course.
The Bill Williams trail climbs over 2,000 feet, though switchbacks keep it at a gradual 15-percent grade: Fido and Fifi won't have to scramble the 4 miles to the summit. Much of the walk leads through forest, with pine and oak trees giving way to aspen and fir as you near the top. Frequent breaks in the tree cover reveal increasingly panoramic views the higher you get, so all the panting is worth it. Thanks to the shade and elevation, temperatures are usually comfortable even during summer.
Sadly, the summit of Bill Williams Mountain is dominated by a cell phone tower. While it makes for an unromantic setting, your pups won't mind (hey, it looks like a giant fire hydrant), and it won't detract from the spectacular views you'll have from 9,200 feet. Bring a camera; Fido and Fifi will look amazing with the valley vista as their backdrop!
If you arrange for transportation around the mountain, you can sniff out different views by following the connecting Benham Trail down the other side of Bill Williams Mountain. Or, veer off on the Clover Spring Loop to extend your journey. The area is worth exploring, but when you're ready for creature comforts, the town of Williams has 7 dog-friendly restaurant patios where you and your pack can toast your adventure. Fur-iendly hotels and campgrounds are available, too, if you want to extend your stay.