3.8 miles
Distance
21 ft
Climb
-2,383 ft
Descent
00:54:24
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Bill Williams Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
    Williams
    , Arizona
  • Ref Number
    #21
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #77273 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #20612 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 100 in Trail Running
    • 100 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing

This trail starts in ponderosa pine and oak thickets. As it crosses West Cataract Creek, it goes through stands of aspen and fir carpeted by a dense ground cover of ferns, Oregon grape and Arizona wild rose. At several places on the trail, the hiker has a good view of the valley below and the peaks in the distance. There is no water available along the trail, but cool summer temperatures 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 here will be appreciated. This trail was originally built as a “toll road” in 1902. Builder Esau Lamb charged hikers and horseback riders a fee to ride to the top.

This is a short (day) hike, with moderately difficult slopes going up the mountain and easy down-grades coming back down. If arrangements can be made for someone to drive to the top of the mountain on FR 111 and meet the hikers, a one way trip is possible. The trail ends near the end of the road at 9256 feet. By leaving a vehicle at Camp Clover and also at the start of Benham Trail, day-hikers can go up one trail and down the other for a total hike of about 8.5 miles. It is also possible to connect with the Bixler Saddle Trail #72, the Buckskinner Trail #130 via the Clover Spring Loop #46, or the City of Williams Link Trail #124.

Access Info

Access: 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.

Travel Time: About 10 minutes from Williams to the Ranger Station.

Road Condition: Paved roads.

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More Stats for Bill Williams multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,364 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,894 ft
  • Altitude max
    9,259 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,259 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,893 ft
  • Grade
    -11.9%
  • Grade max
    -83.5%
  • Grade min
    11.4%
  • Distance climb
    538 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    912 ft
  • Avg time
    00:54:24
  • Avg reverse time
    02:53:01
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      Bill Williams Trail Reports

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      Aug 18, 2021 @ 6:51pm
      Aug 18, 2021
      4 trees down on the upper 1/2. Wet and slippery and a little overgrown in some spots. Some thorny bushes that like to leave you a reminder your...
      Aug 1, 2020 @ 6:01pm
      Aug 1, 2020
      3 new major trees down besides the big tree that has been in the trail all summer
      Jul 29, 2020 @ 7:55am
      Jul 29, 2020
      Trail has reopened
      Jun 29, 2020 @ 10:30am
      Jun 29, 2020
      Closed for fire restrictions until Sep 1
      May 16, 2020 @ 7:10pm
      May 16, 2020
      No snow, all downed trees have been cleared. Hero dirt up top, dry below
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