The Benham 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 is 4.5 miles one-way, with moderately difficult slopes going up the mountain, and easy down-grades coming back to the trailhead. It will take the average hiker about 5 to 6 hours round trip. If arrangements have been made for someone 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 at then starting at the 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.

The Trailhead at 7265 feet. An accessible vault toilet, horse trailer parking, and corral are available at the trailhead, off CR 73. In Williams, turn south on Fourth Street (County Road 73) and go about 3.5 miles to FR 140 and turn right; proceed about 0.3 miles to the trailhead.

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.

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 someone 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.

Length: 4.5 miles one-way

Hiking Time: About 5 to 6 hours round trip.

Rating: Moderate

Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.

Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles.

Trailhead Location: Trailhead at 7265 feet. An accessible vault toilet, horse trailer parking and corral are available at the trailhead, off CR 73.

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

Travel Time: About 15 minutes to the trailhead from Williams.

Road Condition: The paved road to the trailhead is suitable for passenger cars.