Sandy Point - Willow Creek

Alma, New Mexico 88039

Sandy Point - Willow Creek

Sandy Point - Willow Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike follows the crest of the Mogollon Mountains in the Gila highlands with expansive high-country vistas thanks to openings created by the Whitewater-Baldy Fire. A short side hike reaches the top of Whitewater Baldy, highest peak in the Gila Wilderness at 10,895 feet.

The route descends through the 2012 burn for several miles ending at Willow Creek, in the upper Middle Fork drainage. This shuttle hike involves a very short car shuttle distance (8 miles). Another positive feature is that the Willow Creek campground is an attractive place for your pickup party to await your arrival after dropping you off at the Sandy Point trailhead."

Sandy Point - Willow Creek Trip Reports

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9/3/2005
Even though the trail was mostly uphill, it was well kept! Hiking in blue spruce and fir and aspen was awesome. The saddle had plenty of water although the spring was pretty slow with the flow--but it was clear and uhmm-good. The only animals seen were 3 deer (or elk--wasn't close enough to tell) when we climbed to the top of Whitewater Baldy...and then the view from the outcropping WOW! As far as you could see in both directions were Aspen and Blue Spruce and Fir...definitely God's country! Well worth the 4.5 mile hike from Sandy Point.
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Trail Information

Alma
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
14
Distance
1,880 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
2-3 days
Duration
Best late May through November (depending on snow)
Season
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 Grouse Mountain, Mogollon Baldy, and Negrito Mountain. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to trailheads)
Local Maps