Summary: This trail leads you to the 9,256-foot summit of Bill Williams Mountain. Originally built in 1902 as a toll trail for hikers and horses and later used as by the Forest Service to access the lookout tower on the summit. The trail starts at Bixler Saddle, at an elevation of 7,700 feet. The first stretch of the trail is fairly level and meanders through oak and Ponderosa pine. The rest of the trail becomes a moderate up hill climb. There are wooden markers along the trail indicating miles traveled. At around mile two you will be in thickets of aspens, fir, and a thick carpeting of ferns. A half a mile form the summit, the trail emerges from the thick forest and intersects a dirt road that leads to the summit. From the summit, Mingus and Woodchute mountains are visible to the south, Humphreys Peak is clearly visible to the east, and on a clear day, you can see the white line of the Kaibab limestone far off to the north.
Trailhead: From Flagstaff follow I-40 west to the town of Williams. Take exit 161 which is about 1 mile west of the town and follow signs to Williams Ranger District Office. Once you are on the Ranger Station grounds follow signs to the trailhead.
Trail Guides for Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21:
by Bruce Grubbs and Stewart Aitchision (The Globe Pequot Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Kaibab National Forest Williams Ranger District: 520-635-2633
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Rob Brinkerhoff, who has posted 33 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Brian P on 8/10/2010
Hike was great. Had my 2 teenage kids (16,13) with me and had a great time. First half mile is really steep. Primarily levels out till mile marker 2. Long steady uphill climb through switchbacks beyond mile 2. Fire lookout was cool. Could see North Rim of Grand Canyon.
Reviewed by Jim on 7/9/2005
View from top OK but so much haze(smoke, smog) that I could not see Hualapai Pk near Kingman. I live in Kingman and have always seen Bill williams Mtn from the Hualapai's.The trail seems longer than the 3 miles posted at the trailhead. More like 4. On a very clear day it would be a nice hike.
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