Benham Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail starts in ponderosa pine and oak thickets, and climbs into the mixed conifer forest on Bill Williams Mountain. At several places along the trail the hiker has a good view of the forest below and the distant peaks. Although there is no water in the area, cool temperatures make this an enjoyable trail to hike in the summer.

This is a short day hike, with moderately difficult slopes going up the mountain, and easy down-grades coming back to the trailhead. If arrangements have been made for some one to meet the hikers at the top of Bill Williams Mountain, the trail ends there at 9256' (2821M). By leaving a vehicle at the Bill Williams Mountain trailhead and also at the start of Benham Trail, the day-hikers can go up one trail and down the other for a total hike of about 8.5 miles. It is also possible to connect with the Bixler Saddle Trail #72 to make a longer hike.

At a Glance

Restrictions: No motorized vehicles. ADVISORY! Due to the Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project, currently going on we ask visitors to try to use the Bill Williams Mountain Trail instead due to temporary detours and re-routes. To learn more please click on their appropriate links. Thank you.

General Information


Access: In Williams, turn south on Fourth Street (CR 73) and go about 3.5 miles to FR 140 and turn right (west); proceed about 0.3 mile to the trailhead.

Travel Time: About 15 minutes to trailhead from Williams.

Road Condition: Paved road to trailhead is suitable for passenger vehicles.

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7265 feet