Little Bear Canyon Trail 729

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,635ft
Trailhead Elevation5,854ft
Elevation Min/Max5737/6345ft
Elevation Start/End5854/5854ft

Little Bear Canyon Trail 729

Little Bear Canyon Trail #729 is a hiking and horse trail in Catron County, New Mexico. It is within Gila Wilderness Area and Gila National Forest. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 5,854 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,635 feet. This trail connects with the following: Middle Fork Trail #157 and West Fork Trail #151.

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Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This is the fastest and most direct route to a remote scenic stretch of the Middle Fork Gila River. Little Bear Canyon is bounded by narrows, steep walls, alcoves, and gigantic volcanic formations, making it one of the most dramatic chasms in the Gila Wilderness."
Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This is a classic Gila corridor loop hike in a spectacular river canyon with massive cliffs and unusual rock formations. The return arc of this counterclockwise loop explores a narrow slot canyon with soaring walls, turrets, columns, and alcoves. The spectacular Middle Fork Gila River canyon offers a scenic, winding trail with almost no perceptible ascent. However, with at least six river crossings per mile, the travel is slow and arduous and can therefore be best enjoyed as an overnighter."

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila National Forest
Skill Level
Hot Springs
Gila Visitor Center (operated by the National Park Service in cooperation with Forest Service field staff); (575) 536-9461; summer hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days/wk; winter hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 7 days/wk
Local Contacts
USGS Little Turkey Park, Gila Hot Springs, and Woodland Park. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
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