Williams Valley Recreation Area


**Notice – The Williams Valley Recreation Area Trails have been affected by the Wallow Fire of June 2011 - Use Caution**

Please keep in mind that any area affected by the wildfire can be prone to hazards such as falling trees, flooding and burned out stump holes. The environment you are entering is highly susceptible to rainstorms and wind events. Any time you enter the forest, you should be aware of your environment and changing weather conditions. You are responsible for your own safety! Always look up, look down, and look all around.

Williams Valley is considered one of the premier year-round recreation areas in the White Mountains, offering hiking, mountain biking, cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing and snow sledding opportunities to visitors.

Since 1991 a large portion of Williams Valley has been managed by the Forest Service as a year-round non-motorized recreation area. The wide, open meadows and mixed forest areas are interlaced with nearly 5 miles of hiking, mountain biking and cross-country ski trails. Williams Valley is one of the most promising endeavors the district has undertaken in its efforts to increase recreational access to the forest while minimizing conflicts between user groups.

Most of the area trails follow the edge of the meadows or run parallel to them just inside the forest edge. The biking and cross-country ski trails are moderate and well suited to most ages and abilities. Gently rolling hills and wide trails provide opportunities for mountain bikers of all levels in the summer season. The trails are well marked and generally well maintained year round as many trails serve skiers in the winter and bicyclists during the summer.

At a Glance

Usage: Light-Medium

General Information



Follow Hwy. 180/191 northwest from Alpine 1.5 miles and turn west on FR 249 for approximately 4.5 miles to Williams Valley. Use either the parking area at the crest of the divide at Toboggan Hill Trailhead, or tat he Divide Hill Trailhead n the south side of the road on the west end of the non-motorized area. The Snowmobile Trailhead and parking is located further west, just outside of the non-motorized area boundary.

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