Catwalk National Recreation Trail 207

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain872ft
Trailhead Elevation5,149ft
Elevation Min/Max5149/5704ft
Elevation Start/End5149/5149ft

Catwalk National Recreation Trail 207

Catwalk National Recreation Trail #207 is a hiking trail in Catron County, New Mexico. It is within Gila National Forest. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 5,149 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 872 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Southfork Whitewater Trail #212, Gold Dust Trail #41 and Whitewater Trail #207.

Catwalk National Recreation Trail #207 Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"The dramatic gorge of lower Whitewater Creek is particularly spectacular with canyon narrows and sheer overhanging cliffs. It provides a historical glimpse of ladders and bridges along with walkways reconstructed since the 2013 flood. The narrow gorge of Whitewater Creek is the site of the Catwalk National Scenic Recreation Trail, 2 miles from the Gila Wilderness boundary. This is a very popular trail. With the Whitewater picnic grounds at the trailhead, on warm summer weekends and holidays the Catwalk attracts hundreds of visitors who enjoy the shade of the sycamores and the cool rushing waters of the mountain stream."
100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The Catwalk National Recreation Trail is one of the most unusual hikes in the Southwest. The route follows that of a pipeline constructed to supply water to a mining mill and town located at the mouth of Whitewater Canyon. The town of Graham was founded in 1893, just after the discovery of rich ore within the canyon. Although water always flowed within the canyon, Whitewater Creek was often dry at the townsite. The solution was to run a 4-mile-long pipe to carry water from within the canyon. As one might guess from its name, the canyon is a narrow gorge of tumbling water. The pipeline (and hence the trail) was often forced to cling to the rock walls. In the narrowest section, the pipe was suspended above the stream supported by spikes driven into the rocks. The precarious pipeline was difficult to maintain, and miners were often forced to walk the line to fix leaks. Their balancing act gave the pipeline the name “catwalk.”"
Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"A day hike along the Catwalk, an elevated path above a spectacular rocky gorge with a rushing mountain stream. The picnic area is located at the old town site of Graham. The town was established in the late 1800s to mill ore taken from mines high in the mountains. Floods have destroyed all but the mill foundations on the hillside above. From the picnic ground, highly developed Trail 207 quickly enters a narrow, rocky gorge via two routes."

Catwalk National Recreation Trail #207 Trip Reports

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This trail is great fun! It is short, easy, and like an outdoor amusement park. The canyon is beautiful with lots of bridges to walk on. Our dogs found the bridges a little unnerving as their toes slipped between the grates, but they surmounted the problem by spreading their toes and walking in "snowshoe mode".
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The Catwalk was a fun, easy trail. It was hot, and very crowded as we did it on a Sunday afternoon. An early morning weekday would have been better.

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Waterfalls, Views
Gila National Forest, PO Box 8, Glenwood, NM 88039; (575) 539-2481;
Local Contacts
Gila Wilderness; Gila National Forest; Holt Mountain and Mogollon 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Trail Log