The trailhead for the Bill Williams Mountain Trail is located at the Williams District Ranger Station which is just a short drive from the Route 66 town of Williams. This steep trail has no switchbacks during the majority of the hike; it's not until the summit approaches that the switchbacks begin. Dense forest surrounds the trail. At the lower elevation there's an abundance of Gambel Oak and Ponderosa Pine; as the elevation increases the lush vegetation changes to Douglas Firs and Aspen which offer excellent shade during the heat of the summer months and an array of color during the fall.
Once at the top of the mountain the scenery is impressive; 360 degree views of the Kaibab National Forest and the small town of Williams greet the hiker, making this steep mountain trail worth the climb to the top. On a clear day the views stretch for several miles.
At the top of Bill Williams Mountain is a 45 foot steel fire lookout tower. The Civilian Conservation Corp built the tower during 1937, There's also several communication towers adjacent to the lookout structure.
The hike down is easy considering the difficult ascent; either return down the same trail or arrange to meet a friend at the top and drive back down the mountain. The steep and winding graveled Forest Road 111 ends at the summit; the use of a four wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended.
The Bill Williams Mountain Trail has a maximum elevation of 8,964 ft (2,732 m), a minimum elevation of 6,873 ft (2,095 m), and an elevation gain of 11,259 ft (3,432 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.
The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Bill Williams Mountain Trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.
|[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]|
|Steps 1||Length 2||Min Ele 3||Max Ele 4|
|7,570||3.4 mi||6,873 ft||8,964 ft|
|[ A to B ]|
|Time 5||Floors 6||Gain 7||Loss 8|
|2.1 hrs||1.6||11,259 ft||2,573 ft|
|[ B to A ]|
|1.4 hrs||0.0||2,573 ft||11,259 ft|
The length of the Bill Williams Mountain Trail is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) or 7,570 steps.
A person in good physical health can hike the Bill Williams Mountain Trail in 2.1 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.
Download free Bill Williams Mountain Trail topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Kaibab National Forest topographic maps.
Yes, and it's free! The Bill Williams Mountain Trail is located on the Williams South topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.
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