Black Mountain-Trail 773

Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,991ft
Trailhead Elevation7,812ft
Elevation Min/Max7809/9282ft
Elevation Start/End7812/7812ft

Black Mountain-Trail 773

Trail #773 is a hiking trail in Catron County, New Mexico. It is within Gila Wilderness Area and Gila National Forest. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 7,812 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,991 feet. The trail ends near the Black Mountain Lookout (elevation 9,288 feet) tower and Black Mountain (elevation 9,288 feet). This trail connects with the following: Trail #20 and Trail #772.

Black Mountain-Trail #773 Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking New Mexico's Gila Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Bill and Polly Cunningham
View more trails from this guide book
"Like all good lookouts the lofty Black Mountain Lookout has a commanding view, with sweeping vistas across much of the Gila Wilderness. The historic structure is an interesting destination in its own right. With much of the elevation to 9,303-foot Black Mountain already gained at the trailhead the 4-mile hike to the lookout is a pleasurable highcountry ramble. The good but narrow pack trail is well maintained for the actively used lookout but not overdeveloped. Most of the route is located in contiguous roadless land outside the designated wilderness, but the country still retains its wild character."
Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
View more trails from this guide book
"A day hike to an active fire lookout tower on the summit of a high peak on the north side of the Gila Wilderness. Black Mountain lies on the north edge of the Gila Wilderness in splendid isolation. Despite having a good trail, maintained for the active fire lookout on the summit, and being a scenic area, the trail is little used. You’re unlikely to meet anyone except the look-out person during fire season. Some sources show the distance as 4 miles one way to the summit, but my GPS unit indicated 4.7 miles. You will pass four wire livestock gates in fences on this hike. Be sure to close them after you."

Black Mountain-Trail #773 Trip Reports

With no trip reports, your opinion of this trail could be huge! Help other outdoor enthusiasts today.

Black Mountain-Trail #773 Photos

Show off your photography skills ... post your pics of this trail!

Trail Information

Gila National Forest
Nearby City
Gila Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Additional Use
Gila National Forest, 1804 N. Date St., Truth or Consequences, NM 87901; (575) 894-6677;
Local Contacts
Gila National Forest; Gila Wilderness; Black Mountain 7.5-minute USGS quad
Local Maps