Apache Kid Trail 43

Cibola National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain13,871ft
Trailhead Elevation9,659ft
Elevation Min/Max7384/10298ft
Elevation Start/End9659/9659ft

Apache Kid Trail 43

Apache Kid Trail #43 is a hiking trail in Socorro County, New Mexico. It is within Cibola National Forest and Apache Kid Wilderness Area. It is 19.8 miles long and begins at 9,659 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 40.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 13,871 feet. The Grassy Fire Lookout Tower observation tower is near the trailhead. Blue Mountain (elevation 10,285 feet) can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Springtime Campground camp site. This trail connects with the following: Indian Creek Trail #48, Cold Spring Trail #387, Skeleton Ridge Trail #46, Drift Fence Trail #28, Shipman Trail #50, East Red Trail #31, San Mateo Trail #45, Milo Trail #349, Cowboy Trail #44, Teepe Peak Trail #81, Maverick Trail #368, Post Trail #90 and Smith Trail #61.

Apache Kid Trail #43 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Today, the Apache Kid Wilderness vies for being New Mexico’s least known, least visited wilderness, and for the same reasons the Apache Kid chose it for a refuge. It’s far from population centers, and road access is difficult. The dirt roads are usually long, dusty, and rough. The terrain is forbidding, the trails typically steep, rocky, and scorching hot in the summer.

Finally, the wilderness has no obvious attractions, no ghost towns to visit, no major summits to bag, no extraordinary natural or geologic features, no outstanding historical significance (the Apache Kid will never upstage Billy the Kid as New Mexico’s premier outlaw)—nothing, except some of the state’s wildest wilderness. Difficult access is the main impediment to hiking in the Apache Kid Wilderness, which has an extensive system of marked backcountry trails."

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Trail Information

Cibola National Forest
Nearby City
Cibola National Forest
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Cibola National Forest Magdalena Ranger District
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Nov 2018