Whitewater Baldy

Alma, New Mexico 88039

Whitewater Baldy

Whitewater Baldy Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This high ridge hike along the crest offers spectacular vistas of Whitewater Canyon and the Mogollon Mountains, with many more open views due to the huge Whitewater-Baldy Fire. Whitewater Baldy is the highest peak in the Gila Wilderness.

This popular trail into the Mogollon Mountains is used by hikers in the spring and summer and by hunters in the fall. From the high-elevation trailhead (9,132 feet) the loftiest peak in the Gila is only 1,763 feet higher. There is moderate use on the Crest Trail. Since this is the route to the Mogollon Baldy lookout it is cleared regularly, especially since the fire. The entire route to Whitewater Baldy and beyond was intensively burned in 2012. Heed the warning sign at the trailhead and be vigilant about downfall, especially when selecting a campsite."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The Crest Trail 182 is well used and easy to follow as it ascends a high ridge from the trailhead to Hummingbird Saddle and beyond to the summit of Mogollon Baldy, 12 miles away. A shorter trip leads to the summit of Whitewater Baldy; at 10,895 feet, it is the highest point in the Mogollon Range. Because water and campsites are readily available at Hummingbird Saddle, this hike is popular. The route leads through a deep Douglas fir forest and offers some wonderful views of the Gila River Region. The trail is exposed all along the ridge, so hikers should be prepared for severe weather." Read more

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Lonely,quiet place,little water.saw lots of wildlife,heard lots of wildlife at night.Trails in very poor state.Not a place for the beginner.I was there alone,not a good idea.Spiritual,reflective,ancient.Must be respectful here.No litter,very few signs of people.Rocky and rough.I'll be back.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,020 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
7-9 hours or overnight
Best May through October
Additional Use
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; Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to trailhead)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018