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Benham Trail/Bill Williams Trail

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

High country trail with aspens, firs, beautiful trail surface, great climb and vertical, usually very secluded. Good get away from warmer climates. To do this ride, start at the Ranger Station, Start up Bill Williams trail, then turn left a few hundred yards up the trail onto trail 124, then continue untill you get to the city of Williams. Ride straight through Williams on the road you end up on after trail #124, then turn right onto the Old Perkansville road (aka 4 south in williams I think). This takes you past a lake and up to some open meadows. You proceed down the Old Perkansville road about 3 miles or so, through many of these meadows, an then turn right when you get past a cattlegaurd where there is a sign pointing to a dirt road that says "benham trail". The Benham trail is a very nice alpine trail, great scenery throughout. This climbs about 1600 vertical, but the total vertical difference from where you started at the ranger station will be about 2200''. This trail is fairly steep, but for someone in decent shape it shouldn''t be a problem in granny gear. Just keep your energy up by stopping and eating. The Benham trail passes over the access road many times, but eventually ends up on the same road at the top, and then about 200 yards ahead and on the left is where Bill Williams Trail starts. It''s steep at the top with lots of aspens and some hairpin turns, and the lower part of the trail is fast and fun with many rocks and ledges, kind of like National in Phoenix, but not quite as crazy. There is only about 50'' of climbing on this entire trail, so you don''t have to worry about having any energy left, so just enjoy and launch of some of the rocks on the lower part of the trail. There is some road riding involved, but the singletrack is sweet, and while the milege isn''t huge, the descent is well worth the hard work and it will still take you a while to get up and down this mountain. Picture is from top of Bill Williams Trail.
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Latitude
35.23664622093195
Longitude
-112.17178344726562
Trail Directions
Comming from the West on highway 40, take the first Williams exit, turn right, then make another immediate right, then make a left at the Ranger Station (road can be seen from the highway). Comming from the East, take the last Williams exit, turn left to go across the overpass, take the first right, and make a left at the Ranger Station. Inside the ranger station area, there is a Y, go to the left, and you'll see the trailhead and some parking.
Trail Length
15 Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Williams
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 20, 2014

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtnbikingchris ,  Racer

Summary:
Just FYI, if you go by the cords. above you'll go to the wrong place. These are the correct cords. Latitude : 35.238092 | Longitude : -112.211523

Altitude : 2119 meters

Recommended Route:
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Other recommended trails in the same area:
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mtnbikingchris (06/20/2014)
never got there. went to Lost Canyon because of wrong cords.
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Review Date
May 14, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: SteveR161 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Just wanted to put an updated post on this trail. Rode this trail today 5/14/11 and everthing the last poster said is accurate. Great singletrack from the TH to the town of Wiliams. Trail drops you on to a street that will intersect with S 4th street. Take a right here and follow the Perkinsville Rd till the cattle grate about 3 miles and enter the recreation area for the Benham tralhead.
There were at least 30 unrideable blown down trees crossing the trail on both the ascent and descent on this ride. Also some snow patches on the beginning of the 21 trail descent. At this time I wouldn't recommend this ride until the trees are removed, some are 3 feet in diameter and most are 2 to 3 feet off the trail surface. I clocked 14.3 miles for the loop.



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Review Date
October 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: RollingThunder ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Wow. What a doozy! Jayem's description sums it up pretty well. Getting from the ranger station to Williams was a little sketchy. The trail signs had me a little mixed up but I think if you just take a left anywhere off of Bill Williams trail and keep on trucking you should end up in Williams. I ended up spilling out on a neighborhood street called Sheridan and followed it to Perkinsville/73/4. The trail that dead ended on Sheridan wasn't marked so maybe it was 124 or maybe not. The climb up Benham was super nice. Endless tight switchbacks. At the end of Benham you can continue up on the road to the very top of Bill Williams Mtn where the communication towers and fire tower are located or if you are tired or in a hurry, go ahead and start the bomb down 21. I went all the way up since I had never been there before and I think a signed claimed that added another half mile each way to the ride. Great views throughout the entire ride. Bill Williams trail is on the north side of the mountain so if it's afternoon and not in the middle of the summer you might want to bring some warm clothes. My fingers about froze on the way down in October. Long story short, that's one heck of a downhill. Make sure your brakes are in good working order! It's steep and the switch backs are tight. And there's tons of ledges and drops and all kinds of erosion control trail features to ride down/over. Plenty of opportunities to come off your bike, not that I would know :) I thought it was pretty intense. I think it took me ~40 minutes to get down but my mind was so occupied with keeping my a$$ in one piece that it felt like 5 minutes. Whole thing took about 3 hours and reminded me of a Mt Elden ride more than anything else. Highly recommend. Oh, I saw a total of 0 hikers, 0 mtn bikers and 0 horseback riders in the middle of the day on a Saturday.



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Review Date
July 30, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jayem ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I posted the trail, so I'll put my review here.

I love this route, a great escape, nice climate, excellent trail, all in all one of the better rides around.

I give this trail 4 out of 4 for everything. Excellent trail with fun features on the downhill side, definitely a good effort. Not the most technical or hardest climb (but most people will have difficulty on the climb), but definitely up there. Gets a solid 4.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haven't try the sycamore rim trail, but it's also in the same general area (but things are spread out in AZ).



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