Tadpole Ridge Trail 232

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Distance8.4mi
Elevation Gain5,100ft
Trailhead Elevation7,281ft
Top8,619ft
Elevation Min/Max7152/8619ft
Elevation Start/End7281/7281ft

Tadpole Ridge Trail 232

Tadpole Ridge Trail #232 is a hiking trail in Grant County, New Mexico. It is within Gila National Forest. It is 8.4 miles long and begins at 7,281 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,100 feet. Scott Peak (elevation 8,271 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Sycamore Canyon Trail #234 and Trail #300.

Tadpole Ridge Trail #232 Professional Reviews and Guides

"A day hike (with shuttle) or overnight trip (without shuttle) along the crest of the Pinos Altos Range. Tadpole Ridge is a long, narrow ridge that runs roughly northwest to southeast and forms the crest of part of the Pinos Altos Range. The mountains compose one of many ranges that lie within the massive Gila National Forest. Part of the Pinos Altos Range is in the Gila Wilderness, but not the section traversed by this trail.

This hike is an easy escape into the cool pines from nearby Silver City. Although parts of Tadpole Ridge burned during dry years in the mid-1990s, most of the hike is still shaded by pines and firs and the burned areas have recovered a lot. Because most of the maintained trail follows the crest of the ridge, views are excellent."

"A day hike (with shuttle) or overnight trip (without) along the crest of the Pinos Altos Range. Tadpole Ridge is a long, narrow ridge that runs roughly north-west to southeast and forms the crest of part of the Pinos Altos Range. The mountains are one of many ranges that lie within the massive Gila National Forest. Part of the Pinos Altos Range is in the Gila Wilderness, but not the section traversed by this trail.

This hike is an easy escape into the cool pines from nearby Silver City. Although parts of Tadpole Ridge burned during dry years in the mid-1990s, most of the hike is still shaded by pines and firs. Because most of the maintained trail follows the crest of the ridge, views are excellent. Water is usually available at Tadpole Lake; however, check with the Forest Service about its status ahead of time."

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Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Gila National Forest, 3005 E. Camino del Bosque, Silver City, NM 88061; (575) 388-8201
Local Contacts
Gila National Forest; Twin Sisters and Reading Mountain 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps