Bill Williams Mountain

Williams, Arizona

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The singletrack is a fairly tame climb at first, but it gets progressively steeper the higher you go. Feel free to bail out at any of the crossings over the forest road that goes to the top of the mountain, and just take the road to the top. The road is surprisingly busy during summer weekends. Atop Bill Williams Mountain, there’s a fire watchtower you can climb most times of the year. The folks managing the tower often let people enter to take in the views—just climb to the top and knock on the door. From within the tower, you can see Mingus Mountain and the Bradshaw Mountains to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the southeast, the Painted Desert to the north, and even the Grand Canyon (faintly—it’s nearly 70 miles away). This tower is used to look for forest fires throughout the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests. Trail Surface: This loop includes gravel and paved roads, and lots of singletrack once you begin the ascent-and-descent of Bill Williams Mountain.
Mountain Bike America: Arizona

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Mountain Bike America: Arizona

by Paul Beakley (The Globe Pequot Press)

The singletrack is a fairly tame climb at first, but it gets progressively steeper the higher you go. Feel free to bail out at any of the crossings over the forest road that goes to the top of the mountain, and just take the road to the top. The road is surprisingly busy during summer weekends. Atop Bill Williams Mountain, there’s a fire watchtower you can climb most times of the year. The folks managing the tower often let people enter to take in the views—just climb to the top and knock on the door.

From within the tower, you can see Mingus Mountain and the Bradshaw Mountains to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the southeast, the Painted Desert to the north, and even the Grand Canyon (faintly—it’s nearly 70 miles away). This tower is used to look for forest fires throughout the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests. Trail Surface: This loop includes gravel and paved roads, and lots of singletrack once you begin the ascent-and-descent of Bill Williams Mountain.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Williams
Distance: 13.3
Elevation Gain: 2,578 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
Season: Best May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 6,820 feet
Top Elevation: 8,990 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kaibab National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Bill Williams Mountain, Williams South
Driving Directions: Directions to Bill Williams Mountain

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