Tom Moore - Middle Mesa Loop

Silver City, New Mexico 88036

Tom Moore - Middle Mesa Loop

Tom Moore - Middle Mesa Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This is a pleasant hike across broad mesas with amazing vistas of much of the eastern Gila Wilderness and Black Range. The grasslands and pine parks are surprisingly lush in the spring and after summer rains. Off- trail exploration of a remote twisting canyon tributary of the East Fork Gila River brings added adventure, a highlight of which is the East Fork itself.

This mesa meander in the east end of the Gila Wilderness can be done as a long 16.4-mile day hike loop on the trail system or, preferably, as an overnight backpack leaving the trail for an off-trail descent of Tom Moore Canyon to its mouth at the East Fork Gila River. The hike between the two trailheads can be done in either direction with equal difficulty."

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Trail Information

Silver City
Nearby City
1,680 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2-3 days
Best months: April to November
Wilderness Ranger District, Mimbres, NM; (575) 536-2250 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon–Fri). Check Gila National Forest website for alerts and warnings.
Local Contacts
USGS Middle Mesa and Gila Hot Springs. Forest Service Gila Wilderness map (2000)
Local Maps