Benham Trail

The 4.5 mile Benham Trail offers views of the Kaibab National Forest below and the volcanic peaks of Northern Arizona in the distance.

photo: Fall colors on the Kaibab National Forest. Photo by U.S. Forest Service, Southwest.

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

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding

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Location: East Bill Williams Mountain, Just south of Williams on I-40, 2 trails at Bill Williams Mountain.
State(s): Arizona
Counties: Coconino
Longitude: -112.1764
Latitude: 35.20407

Driving Directions

In Williams, turn south on Fourth Street (CR 73) and go about 3.5 miles to FR 140 and turn right (west); proceed about 0.3 mile to the trailhead.

Description

This trail starts in a forest dominated by ponderosa pines and oak trees, and travels up through mixed conifer forests. At several places on the trail the hiker has a good view of the Kaibab National Forest below and the volcanic 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 4.5 trail is 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 Bill Williams Trailhead, a through-hike of 8.5 miles can be made by connecting with the Bill Williams Trail, #21. It is also possible to connect with the Bixler Saddle Trail, #72, the Buckskinner Trail, #130, the Clover Spring Loop, #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: 7,265
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

Fall colors on the Kaibab National Forest. Photo by U.S. Forest Service, Southwest.

Fall colors on the Kaibab National Forest. Photo by U.S. Forest Service, Southwest.

Evening light on the Aspens. Photo by USFS, SW Region, Kaibab NF.

Evening light on the Aspens. Photo by USFS, SW Region, Kaibab NF.

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