Bill Williams Mountain Trail
Going through forest on its way up to the top of Bill Williams Mountain, this 4 mile long trail (8 miles total round trip) starts close to Williams and goes up the most prominent hill southwest of town.
There are several ways to get to this trail. The two most logical variations are:
1. If coming to Williams by car, turn west onto Railroad Avenue without going into downtown Williams. Follow signs to district ranger office, and start at the Bill Williams Mountain (#13) Trailhead at this location.
2. If starting from downtown Williams, go to the Williams Link Trail #124 (see my tip on that trail) and follow it up hill for 1 mile to the junction with the Clover Spring Trail. Turn left, and at the next trail intersection turn right onto the loop trail, which will then deliver you to the Bill Williams Trail (turn left at the intersection with that trail).
Other possible links suggested on the Forest Service web site include Bixler Saddle Trail #72, or trail #38.
While the 8 mile total distance may not sound like much to experienced hikers, please understand that the starting point for the trail is at 7,000 feet, and the ending point for the trail is at over 9,000 feet elevation. If you are not experienced at elevation hiking, you will get tired fast. Take lots of water with you, as it is very dry up here as well.