Mimbres River Trail 77

Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area, New Mexico

Elevation Gain3,546ft
Trailhead Elevation7,667ft
Elevation Min/Max7055/9368ft
Elevation Start/End7667/7669ft

Mimbres River Trail 77

Mimbres River Trail #77 is a hiking trail in Grant County, New Mexico. It is within Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area. It is 9.4 miles long and begins at 7,667 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,546 feet. The Corral #9 corral can be seen along the trail. There are also springs along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Black Range Crest Trail #79 and Middle Fork Mimbres River Trail #78.

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Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"A long day hike or overnight trip along the beautiful wooded Mimbres River in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. The almost undiscovered mountains make a great place to lose yourself, far from civilization. This trail was chosen because it is usually accessible by any vehicle and it follows along one of the range’s permanent streams. It is one of the most popular entry points into the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, but it’s all relative. You still probably won’t see anyone on the trail."

Mimbres River Trail #77 Trip Reports

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Access is no longer available via 150A. Private land is heavily posted. Trail has been re-routed with access being via Continental Divide Trail head off of 150, approximately 2 miles past 150A turnoff. Currently, the re-route trail is not shown on Forest, Wilderness Area, or topographic maps, yet on the ground is well marked and easy to follow. This access adds approximately 3 miles of hiking across beautiful but rugged pinyon, juniper, live oak covered hills/canyons before entering the Mimbres River canyon. Once in the canyon, you will experience one of the most diverse, pristine ecosystems I've yet experienced in North America. The "trail" to Mimbres Lake however is indiscernible in many places above 8000', due to extensive deadfall.

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Trail Information

Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
Gila National Forest, HC 68, Box 50, Mimbres, NM 88049; (575) 536-2250
Local Contacts
Gila National Forest; Aldo Leopold Wilderness; Hay Mesa 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps