Sandy Point - West Fork Gila

Alma, New Mexico 88039

Sandy Point - West Fork Gila

Sandy Point - West Fork Gila Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The crest of the Mogollon Range offers spectacular vistas, especially along the many openings created by the Whitewater-Baldy Fire. The route traverses a diverse cross section of the Gila Wilderness from the highest peaks to lower-elevation streams and woodlands.

The West Fork Gila segment includes 18 serpentine miles of canyon bound by spectacular walls, cliffs, and formations. This north-to-south traverse of the high west end of the Gila Wilderness provides a superb sample of the country, from the loftiest peaks to brushy woodlands to winding river valleys a vertical mile below. With much of the elevation already gained on the Bursum Road, the moderately used Crest Trail (182) from Sandy Point is a popular route into the high, forested country of the Mogollon Range."

Sandy Point - West Fork Gila Trip Reports

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Sandy Point is THE place to enter the Gila Wilderness. Most of the climb is accomplished in the car makeing the hike very pleasant. Leaveing the car in the afternoon gets you to humming bird for the first night. The spring is strong and provides plenty of cool water. The rest of the hike is pretty but it can be hard to find water in mid summer. My 7 year old made the trip with a very light pack.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,380 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-7 days
Best mid-May through November (depending on snow)
Glenwood Ranger District, Glenwood, NM; (575) 539-2481 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon–Fri)
Local Contacts
USGS Grouse Mountain, Mogollon Baldy, Lilley Mountain, Woodland Park, and Little Turkey Park. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Local Maps