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Bill Williams Mountain Trail

  • View from the Bill Williams Mountain Trail
  • Into the woods!
  • Hiking through the Ponderosa pines


  • This moderately difficult hike leads up Bill Williams Mountain.
  • The route was originally built as a toll road in 1902.
  • Hikers will enjoy great views of the surrounding countryside.

Bill Williams Mountain Trail


The Bill Williams Mountain Trail #21 is a moderately difficult hike leading to the summit of Bill Williams Mountain. The peak was named for famed mountain man, Bill Williams and the trail was originally built in 1902 as a toll road. Esau Lamb collected tolls from horseback riders until the trail fell into disuse. Later it was used as access to a fire lookout by the Forest Service. Today hikers can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding countryside including Humphreys Peak in the distance.

The trail is accessed from the Williams Ranger District Office a mile west of Williams. Take exit 161 from I-40 and follow the signs. Best hiking times are spring through fall before winter weather sets in.  The first two miles of the trail are steep but it becomes more moderate at the two mile mark. Distance to the summit is just under 4 miles (9,256 feet in elevation.) Return the way you came or arrange for a car shuttle to complete the trip.

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