Little Bear Canyon Middle Fork Gila Loop Trail is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Datil, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Hike from the west fork thru a slot canyon to the middle fork of Gila River. From the trailhead take the West Fork stock bypass trail west for 0.25 miles. Turn right on the Little Bear Canyon trail (Trail 729). At 2 miles pass the Lilly Park Trail junction. At 4 miles intersect the Gila River Middle Fork Trail (Trail 157). Take trail 157 to the right for 6 miles and 30 river crossings. After the 30th river crossing watch for a smaller trail raising gently up to the left. This trail is right behind the visitors center and about 1.5 miles from the TJ Corral. WARNING - Little Bear Canyon can flash-flood quickly. Stay alert if there are storms in the area. River crossings can become dangerous if flash flooding occurs. Keep alert - even if storms are not visible from your location, flooding may occur from heavy rains upstream of your location.
One of the most amazing trails ever! Very awesome!!
Nice hike! Wound up going to Jordan Springs for 2 nights. Plenty of water and scenery. Went in October mid week. Hardly anyone there.
Did this hike Oct 13,15.....very scenic, not a lot of people on the trail, the hiker was worth it's weight in platinum. ....camped by Jordan hot springs, paradise on earth, water from river was so good, tasted better than Evian, I wanna do this trip in winter, who's down?
Great hike traversing multiple types of terrain, high desert to river valley, as many as 10 river crossings we brought extra shoes to change into but after about the 3rd one we just stayed in the boots. It is honestly one of the best hikes I have ever done can't wait until my kid is old enough to enjoy it with me.
As a note we parked the car at the end of the trail so we could be done with walking after the hike.... Just a thought.