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Bill Williams Mountain Trail

This is a short (day) hike, with moderately difficult slopes going up the mountain and easy down-grades coming back down.

photo: Off of Forest Road 111 ascending Bill Williams Mountain on the Williams Ranger District. Photo by USFS-Kaibab Nat Forest.

Length: 4.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: Just S of Williams on I-40, 2 trails at Bill Williams Mountain.
State(s): Arizona
Counties: Coconino
Longitude: -112.21306
Latitude: 35.23722

Driving Directions

Go west from downtown Williams on Railroad Avenue about one mile; turn left at the sign marking "Williams District Ranger Station" at the top of the hill, and proceed along the frontage road to the turnoff to the Williams Ranger District office. Follow the signs to the trailhead.

Description

This trail starts in a forest dominated by Ponderosa pines and oak trees, and passes through stands of aspen and firs with ferns, Oregon grape, and Arizona wild rose as the dominate ground cover. At several places on the trail the hiker has a good view of the valley below and the peaks of Northern Arizona in the distance. There is no water available along the trail, but the relatively cool mountain temperatures and great views make this an enjoyable hike.<

Bill Williams Mountain marks the traditional boundary of lands inhabited by the early ancestors of the Hopi people. Your respectful use of this area while you are visiting will be appreciated. This trail was originally built as a "toll road" in 1902. Builder Easu Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a fee to ride to the top.

This trail provides a day hike opportunity of about 5-6 hours round trip. There are moderately difficult grades going up the mountain. However, those not used to high elevations may experience this hike to be quite challenging. If a vehicle is parked at the Benham Trailhead, a through-hike of 8.5 miles can be made by connecting with the Benham Trail, #38. If is also possible to connect with the Bixler Saddle Trail, #72, the Buckskinner Trail, #130, the Clover Spring Look, #46, or the City of Williams Link Trail, #124, for longer hikes.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Soil

Average Grade: 10%
Maximum Grade: 15%
Elevation Low Point: 7,000
Elevation High Point: 9,256
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1978

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Kaibab National Forest
742 S. Clover Rd.
Williams , AZ 86046
(928) 635-5600
https://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab

 

Photos

Off of Forest Road 111 ascending Bill Williams Mountain on the Williams Ranger District. Photo by USFS-Kaibab Nat Forest.

Off of Forest Road 111 ascending Bill Williams Mountain on the Williams Ranger District. Photo by USFS-Kaibab Nat Forest.

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