Little Creek - White Creek Flat Loop

Silver City, New Mexico 88061

Little Creek - White Creek Flat Loop

Little Creek - White Creek Flat Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This loop hike in the heart of the Gila takes you through a wide variety of ecosystems, from mountain meadows and streams to ridges and high ponderosa parks to the roaring canyon of the West Fork, and eventually its gentle riparian woodland at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.From the Woody’s Corral trailhead, the Miller Spring Trail climbs 400 feet within the first mile, up the rock- stepped lava ridge to a rolling mesa of pinyon-juniper and grass.

At this point just past a stretch of rocky outcrops the trail enters the 2011 Miller Burn. The fire perimeter encompasses the route almost to Little Creek. From the rock outcropping the clear trail cuts across a grassy pinyon-juniper mesa, rising gradually to a burned-out ponderosa pine park. Rising still, the trail bends around the head of Cliff Dweller Canyon and stays on the crest of the ridge where it meets the Ring Canyon Trail. The ponderosa groves near the intersection have been cleansed by lightning fires in recent years; the grand old trees are scarred but flourishing."

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Trail Information

Silver City
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
40.5
Distance
3,120 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Best May through October
Season
Hot Springs
Features
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, Diablo Range, Lilley Mountain and Woodland Park. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Local Maps