Kaibab National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

Benham Trail Trail

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.

Length: 4.5 miles one way

Rating: Moderate

Use: Moderate

Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7265 feet. A wheelchair accessible vault toilet, horsetrailer parking, and corral are available at the trailhead, off CR 73.

Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip.

Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles.

Recommended Season: Late spring through early fall.

USGS Map(s): Bill Williams Mountain. (Forest Map may also be useful; may be purchased at the Visitor Center.)

Travel Time: About 15 minutes to trailhead from Williams.

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

Trail Layout: 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.


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.