Middle Fork - Snow Lake

Silver City, New Mexico 88061

Middle Fork - Snow Lake

Middle Fork - Snow Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This route is a complete traverse of the country, from south to north, on the longest continuous trail in the Gila Wilderness. Here you’ll explore a treasure trove of ?sh- ?lled pools, spectacular canyons and rock formations, hot springs, and historic artifacts in the wild remote reaches of the Middle Fork.

With the longest continuous trail in the Gila on a route that brings new discoveries around every river bend, this trip has it all. Because many visitors use side trails to access specific points to and from the river, there are several remote stretches with very little human traffic, especially above The Meadows. Add to this the amount of damage to the Middle Fork Trail from the 2013 flood and visitation is reduced even more along certain stretches, especially directly above and below The Meadows."

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Trail Information

Silver City
Nearby City
1,640 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7-9 days
Best months: Late April through November
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 Gila Hot Springs, Burnt Corral Canyon, Woodland Park, Lilley Mountain, Loco Mountain, and Negrito Mountain. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000); 2013 Gila National Forest map (to navigate forest roads to trailhead)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018