Iron Creek

Alma, New Mexico 88039

Iron Creek

Iron Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a short hike to a pleasing mountain stream in a conifer forest. The route provides a glimpse of the massive 2012 burn along its low-intensity eastern edge. Good campsites abound along Iron Creek. From a busy campground, this trip takes you to a mountain stream with ponderosa pine parks on one bank and a dark spruce and Douglas fir forest on the other.

The 2012 Whitewater forest fire swept down from Turkeyfeather Mountain into the Iron Creek drainage. The lush creek bottom served as a natural firebreak, and the Iron Creek forest was largely spared. Most of the effect is in the lower drainage below Turkeyfeather Pass. Subsequent flooding in 2013 impacted the whole creek bottom; some trail-finding skills will be necessary for this hike. And travel will be slower than your usual pace."

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Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"A day hike to one of many permanent streams in the Gila Wilderness. Trail 151 was one of the more heavily used trailheads in the enormous Gila Wilderness. However, as with most of the Gila area, “heavily used” does not usually signify great numbers of people. The area is just too remote to receive large numbers of visitors. The nearest cities of any size, Albuquerque and El Paso, are more than 200 miles away."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
4.6-8 miles
980 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
6-9 hours or Overnight
Best May through October (depending on snow)
Additional Use
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 Contacts
USGS Negrito Mountain. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to the trailhead)
Local Maps