Sheep Corral Trail 231

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,863ft
Trailhead Elevation6,914ft
Elevation Min/Max5181/6914ft
Elevation Start/End6914/6914ft

Sheep Corral Trail 231

Sheep Corral Trail #231 is a hiking trail in Grant County, New Mexico. It is within Gila Wilderness Area and Gila National Forest. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 6,914 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,863 feet. This trail connects with the following: Spring Canyon Trail #247.

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Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
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"This is the fastest, most direct hiking access into the remote central reaches of the lower Gila River. The lower reaches harbor a scenic valley in a rugged canyon with jagged volcanic formations. With two-thirds of the route outside the Wilderness boundary, there has been some degradation in places from roads that were constructed during a fire in the early 1990s. The trail crosses a road and then follows another road for 0.5 mile to the Wilderness boundary. Even so, Sheep Corral Canyon offers an enjoyable, fast, and straightforward entry into the remote, scenic heart of the lower Gila River canyon."

Sheep Corral Trail #231 Trip Reports

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Johnnys right on desc...real hot here may to sept.Tough coming back up.Water only at bottom of trail.Solitude up or down river.
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This trail was great. For starters the trail is not marked, across the road from the corral a sign points the way to trail 232 but not 231. Secondly this is not what I would consider a moderate overnighter. The trail is fairly easy to follow, but stay left at the first trail junction, half the sign was missing when we went so it only pointed to the Gila River (6 miles). Once the trail reaches the top of the ridge you meet the back end of FR 282. Go right until the road ends and pick up the trail again. This is the hardest part of the trail. The steep rocky trail losses more than 1500 feet over the next couple of miles. We camp at the Gila, the end of the 6.2 miles, it was five miles straight line distance back to the parking lot. I would say this hike is more like eight miles. But it is beautiful. One warning, IT IS NOT FASTER TO HIKE DOWN 282, take the trail. We did this because we were running out of day light and it is MUCH quicker to stay on the trail. Three stars for the trail.

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila Wilderness Area
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Wilderness Ranger District, Mimbres, NM; (575) 536-2250 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon–Fri). Check Gila National Forest website for alerts and warnings.
Local Contacts
USGS Reading Mountain and Granny Mountain USGS quads. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to trailhead)
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