Upper Middle Fork Gila

Alma, New Mexico

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Explore the rugged upper canyon with its pleasing blend of cliffs, parks, meadows, and historic cabin ruins. The meandering trout stream reveals wildlife viewing opportunities, especially great blue herons and mergansers along the waterway. This sweep across the north-central end of the Gila Wilderness offers a pleasant transition from deep river canyons to broad grassy meadows to open pine parks and babbling brooks. Along the way you may thrill to flushing a turkey and hear, if not see, elk fading into the thick forest.
Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness

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Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness

by Bill and Polly Cunningham (Falcon Guides)

Explore the rugged upper canyon with its pleasing blend of cliffs, parks, meadows, and historic cabin ruins. The meandering trout stream reveals wildlife viewing opportunities, especially great blue herons and mergansers along the waterway.

This sweep across the north-central end of the Gila Wilderness offers a pleasant transition from deep river canyons to broad grassy meadows to open pine parks and babbling brooks. Along the way you may thrill to flushing a turkey and hear, if not see, elk fading into the thick forest.

© 2018 Bill and Polly Cunningham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Alma
Distance: 9.6
Elevation Gain: 315 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5-6 hours
Season: Best months: May through November
Local Contacts: Wilderness Ranger District, Mimbres, NM; (575) 536-2250 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon–Fri). Check Gila National Forest website for alerts and warnings
Local Maps: Loco Mountain USGS quad. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to the trailhead)
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Middle Fork Gila

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