Little Creek - McKenna Park - Big Bear Loop

Silver City, New Mexico 88061

Little Creek - McKenna Park - Big Bear Loop

Little Creek - McKenna Park - Big Bear Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This extended high- country backpacking route avoids all but one major water crossing, so it’s especially suitable during periods of high water when river crossings can be hazardous. The one river crossing is just above White Creek on the West Fork. The river is braided in this stretch and therefore one of the easier places to cross.

This route has the added virtue of passing by one of the more iconic spots along each of two major Gila forks: White Creek Flat on the West Fork and The Meadows on the Middle Fork. Both places have excellent campsites that can serve as a base for further exploration up and downstream."

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Trail Information

Silver City
Nearby City
4,470 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best months: Late April through October
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 Turkey Park, Diablo Range, Lilley Mountain, Woodland Park, and Gila Hot Springs. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018