Bixler Saddle Trail

This trail starts at Bixler Saddle, at an elevation of 7,700 feet, on the west side of Bill Williams Mountain. From that point, it climbs through stands of ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, Douglas fir, white fir and aspen to a junction with the Bill Williams Trail at an elevation of 8,740 feet. The trail wanders among some majestic rock formations as it traverses the west slope of Bill Williams Mountain and provides good views of the forested slopes and the broad grasslands to the west and south. There is no water available along the trail but cool summer temperatures make this an enjoyable hike.

Trail Layout: This is a short day hike or it can be combined as a side trip from the Bill Williams Trail. If arrangements are made ahead of time, someone can meet hikers at the Bill Williams or Benham trailheads for a one way trip.

Length: 2.0 miles one-way

Hiking Time: About 2.5 to 3 hours round trip.

Rating: Moderate

Trailhead Location: Bixler Saddle Trailhead is located at 7,700 feet (2415M), just off Bixler Saddle Road.

Recommended Season: Late spring to early fall.

Use Restrictions: No motorized vehicles.

Access: From Williams, take I-40 west to the Devil Dog Interchange (#157). Turn south on FR 108 and follow approximately 1 mile and turn east on Road 45.

Travel Time: About 35 minutes from Williams to the trailhead.

Road Condition: FR 45 is very rough and suitable for high clearance vehicles only. You may choose to park about halfway up FR 45, if the road becomes too rough, and take a longer hike up the road to the trailhead.

This trail starts at Bixler Saddle, at an incredible elevation of 7,700 feet, on the west side of Bill Williams Mountain. From that point, it climbs through stands of ponderosa pine, Gambel oak, Douglas fir, white fir and aspen to a junction with the Bill Williams Trail at an elevation of 8,740 feet. The trail wanders among some majestic rock formations as it traverses the west slope of Bill Williams Mountain and provides good views of the forested slopes and the broad grasslands to the west and south. There is no water available along the trail but cool summer temperatures make this an enjoyable hike.

Trail Layout: This is a short day hike or it can be combined as a side trip from the Bill Williams Trail. If arrangements are made ahead of time, someone can meet hikers at the Bill Williams or Benham trailheads for a one-way trip.

The trail is 2.0 miles one-way and will take about 2.5 to 3 hours round trip to complete.  We rate this hike a moderate.  The best time to enjoy this adventure is in the late spring to early fall. The trailhead is 40 minutes or so from Williams. From Williams, take I-40 west to the Devil Dog Interchange (#157). Turn south on FR 108 and follow the road approximately 1 mile and turn east on Road 45.  You will find FR 45 very rough and suitable only for high clearance vehicles. You may choose to park about halfway up FR 45, if the road becomes too rough, and take a longer hike up the road to the trailhead.