Bill Williams Mountain

Williams, Arizona 86046

Bill Williams Mountain

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"This car-shuttle hike winds up and down Bill Williams Mountain, named for the mountain man who also lent his name to the nearby town. The hike starts up the Benham Trail to the peak, which has a working fire watchtower, and then down the Bill Williams Mountain Trail to end near the ranger station at the edge of town."

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"This well-graded road makes a wide loop around Bill Williams Mountain, which like the town of Williams was named after the infamous and reclusive mountain man. The cinder-surfaced road is suitable for passenger vehicles in dry weather and is a popular drive from spring through fall. The road may be open past the dates listed if there is little or no snow. It is not gated shut—just allowed to close naturally when it snows. There are some very good campsites along the first part of the road under the pine trees on the edge of the meadows. Special Attractions: Views of Bill Williams Mountain; Fall colors and views of wildlife along an easy loop road; Waterfowl watching at Coleman Lake. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Arizona’s share of the Colorado Plateau, highlighted by one of America’s premier national parks (Grand Canyon National Park), is a wonderland of colorful canyons, plateaus, and mesas. The Grand Canyon is not to be missed, for its depths promise hidden corridors, waterfalls, and impressive vistas to all who venture within. A smaller version of Kendrick Mountain to the northeast, Bill Williams Mountain is a wonderful summit to hike, partly for the view from the top, and partly because of the lush forest encountered along the way. Closing in on this trail are towering aspen and fir, along with a riotous growth of underbrush." Read more

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Second time I've done this trail. This time entirely in the rain. Quite a work out, took me 7 hours first time around, 5 hours the second. Trail is easy to follow. Finally reaching the top is kind of a bummer with all the loud generators and radio towers and such, but it's an accomplishment nonetheless. I'm using this trail as one of several conditioning trails for Humphreys. 9500 feet doesn't sound like alot, but depending on where you're coming from it can make a big difference. Also expect temps 10-20 degrees cooler at the top.

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5 hours
Kaibab National Forest
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Dec 2018