Alma, New Mexico 88039


Gilita Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This adventurous hike begins in an accessible yet wild canyon with a perennial stream and a ?sh-able trout population. This is a good choice for those seeking a manageable wilderness challenge. Because of ?ood damage there are obstacles to work over and around.

The 7-mile hike to Snow Lake starts at the Gilita forest camp in a lush spruce-fir forest next to a sparkling trout stream. Gilita Creek loses an average of 100 feet per mile over its 6-mile length to the upper Middle Fork Gila River. As it descends, the country becomes increasingly rough, rocky, and dry within a modest elevation difference of only 600 feet."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
80 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
10-12 hours
Best mid-May through November
Glenwood Ranger District, Glenwood, NM; (575) 539-2481 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon–Fri). Check Gila Wilderness website for updated alerts and warnings.
Local Contacts
USGS Loco Mountain, Negrito Mountain. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to the trailheads)
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