Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Bill Williams Mountain Day Hike
when Trip Report : Saturday, September 5, 2015
  Trip Report : August 27, 2011
  Trip Report : June 11, 2005
where Kaibab National Forest near Williams
the hike     After a four-year hiatus, it’s time once again to hike Bill Williams Mountain. So escape the desert heat for a day by hiking the cooler elevations of this smaller version of Kendrick Mountain to the northeast. We’ll start from the 7,000’ Bill Williams Trailhead and work our way up the north side of the mountain all the way to the summit at 9,256', where we will stop for a lunch break and photo ops. If the lookout tower is open, anyone who wishes to can go to the top for even better 360-degree views. For a change of pace, we will hike back down the east face of the mountain on the slightly longer Benham Trail and return in our dropped-off vehicles back to Bill Williams Trailhead.
    The Bill Williams Trail starts climbing almost right out of the starting gate, but ascends at a moderate clip for the first mile. Then the trail becomes fairly level for most of the second mile. Consider the first two miles of this trail as the warm-up portion, since the rest of the hike is a steady grind all the way to the top of the mountain. At Mile 3 the trail crosses a gravel forest road and continues grinding its way steeply up the mountain until it meets the road once again. From here we’ll stay on the road for the remaining half mile to the summit.
    This is monsoon season, so come prepared for likely afternoon rain showers.
•  Sturdy hiking boots
•  At least 3 liters of water
•  Rain poncho
•  Hat, sunblock, sunglasses
•  Lunch or snacks
•  Camera
distance 8.5 miles
time 5-6 hours
EC +-2256' elevation change
elevations 7000' at Bill Williams Trailhead to 9256' at the summit
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
type one way (hike up on the Bill Williams Trail and back down on the Benham Trail)
on trail 100% — Bill Williams Trail #21 and Benham Trail
rating "B"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs? no
weather Williams.
meet 6:00 AM in the Fry’s parking lot on the SW corner of I-17 & Bell Road. Park behind Denny’s, near the entrance to the Deer Valley Park & Ride. We will leave promptly at 6:15 AM.
drive     Take I-17 north to Flagstaff and exit on I-40 west to Williams. Take Exit 161 just west of Williams and follow the signs to the Williams Ranger District Office, located one mile west of town. Trailhead parking is just to the north of the district office complex. Bill Williams Mountain is to the south of the town of Williams.
    Since the two trailheads are about 5 miles apart, we’ll drop off most of the hikers and their gear at the Bill Williams TH, take enough vehicles to the Benham TH to transport all hikers back to Bill Williams, and then have the drivers return in another vehicle so we can all complete the hike together.

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