Continental Divide Trail Segment 7 (Shuttle Hike) is a 7.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Silver City, NM and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Ponderosa Pine, Pinon & Oak Moderate to Easy hike. Mountain views. The hike is best done as a shuttle. Drop a vehicle off at the ending access point at Little Walnut Road,a paved road heading North out of Silver City. It becomes a dirt road ( Forest Rd 506), just past the Little Walnut Picnic area. Continue approx. 1.9 miles further to the Trailhead where there is plenty of room to park. Then drive to the beginning Trailhead North of Pinos Altos to begin the hike.The chances of meeting another person(s) is very slim. On my last hike at Bear Creek, I met a couple from Germany. They were just coming out of their tent. They had come up the trail on the previous day, and were going to hike Segment 8, North from Arrastra after breakfast. Be sure to carry sufficient water for the 4 to 5 hour hike. Water may be available during the summer rainy season and early spring. but don't rely on it. The trail stays mainly on the ridges but occasionally traverses down and through the drainages. A highlite is the view of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery