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Benham Trail/Bill Williams Trail

Basics
Location:
Williams
Length:
19 miles
Aerobic Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time To Allow:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6770 feet
Season:
April - November

Description

The Bill Williams Trail complex is sure to become a favorite of any mountain biker in the Flagstaff area. Winding upwards from the town of Williams, located 33 miles from Flagstaff, the Bill Williams Trail travels through Ponderosa Forest and graduating to open fir forest. In addition, during mid summer months the wildflower display on Bill Williams Mountain is striking.

Bikers of all ability levels will be able to enjoy a ride up the double track roadway of the Bill Williams Trail as is winds over 2000 vertical feet up to the Bill Williams Lookout, located at the top of 9265 foot tall Bill Williams mountain. Once the top of the mountain has been gained, riders can choose to descent several ways, including back down the fire road or down a technical singletrack trail that features tight switchbacks and several loose sections.

Details

Location:
Williams
Length:
19 miles
May be combined with other trails in the area for additional mileage and time
Difficulty:
Side trails can be more technical if added on
Aerobic Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time To Allow:
3 - 4 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6770
Season:
April - November
Additional Details:

Though the Bill Williams Trail is not terribly remote, riders should consider bringing extra food, water and clothing as temperatures may shift dramatically and summer thunderstorms are not uncommon. Bringing a repair kit is also not a bad idea. The Bill Williams Trail is mixed use. Please be considerate on the trails and understand right of way protocol.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Flagstaff take I-40 Southwest about 30 miles to the town of Williams. Park in town on 4th street. Ride south on 4th street until reaching FS-111, the Bill Williams Road. To reach the technical singletrack, once at the lookout head back down the road a short ways until the Camp Clover Trail is reached. Turn down this trail on the north side of Bill Williams Mountain to reach the singletrack section.


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