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hiking
1 day ago

backpacking
9 days ago

We set out to hike the West Fork Trail to iron creek lake, then return on the Meadows trail back to the start. When we got to the Ranger station at the park we saw on the map that the trail had only been cleared to Hell's Hole after the fire. So we shortened our expectations. When we set out the trail looked great, easy to follow, cairns and signs aplenty, water nearby. Then after about a mile the trail basically disappeared. We had topos and we knew the trail didn't leave the river for any length for a long way, so we trudged on. Finally we realized that the trail and the river were the same. If we tried to leave the river we almost always ended up back tracking to the river and wading in again. We made it to Graves Canyon, about 3 miles in before we decided to camp for the night then reverse course back to the park. It was spectacularly gorgeous, and the only signs of humanity we saw were a lost compass (score!), a hair scrunchy and some spit out gum (really?). But it was grueling. I had my fishing shoes in my pack which worked ok. I came back with several blisters. But my wife only had her boots and a pair of flip flops. She was determined to find a way back without wading, but finally had to concede and just walk in wet boots.

backpacking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail! Past the lookout tower, the trail is nearly impossible to follow. Attempted to hike about a half mile past it, due to down trees, and overgrown trails, had to turn back and decided to make it a day trip (11 RT). Also I'm not sure this trail to the junction is 18.7 but more around 22 miles. After talking with the ranger, he was very skeptical that it was 4 more miles past the lookout to the McKnight Road junction, and judging by the map we reviewed, I'd agree.

Great scenery, we were with small kids and was good, but we still didn't go the whole way.

It's a great hike!! Beware, if you take cat walk up, lots of bikers are headed downwards and you'll only have a few seconds to step out of the way…it's all uphill too lol
Toothpick breaks into multiple other trails and overall is a wonderful hike!

horseback riding
24 days ago

You need to be in good shape to hike this trail as it's about a 3,000' climb outgoing. We have recently (June 2017) managed to clear this trail for horseback riding and pack animals. However, there are a large amount of leaners over the trail and they will be coming down and blocking the trail for the next decade. Don't go in without a saw.
The 225 trail is washed out and not usable. It disappears in the first switchbacks.

Perfect for kids and families. Bring water hiking sandals and have the kids wear swimsuits.

hiking
1 month ago

Tough trail backpacking. Good camp sites. Beautiful views. Well marks slot canyon with good running creek.

backpacking
1 month ago

A secluded spot with great rewards. High water and flash flooding can be an issue so be on your toes. We startled a large bull elk further up the very tight canyon and were notably scared as it charged down the canyon at us.

We started at snow lake and hiked a few miles in and then back out before heading home. Such a beautiful hike and we plan on coming back and finishing it. Definitely bring extra shoes for after the hike as there are several water crossings. Also the drive to get there you get to drive through a really cool old town it looks like they are restoring or something.

trail running
1 month ago

Flat well maintained trail network. You can extend the loop by starting left at fork: Cervis Corral to twin sisters then dragonfly. About 6 miles ( I didn't take gps).

We only went a few miles in, so I can't review the entire trail, but the section we were on was very well maintained and clearly marked. It follows a small stream that was lovely. The only thing I missed was wildlife - in a review of another Gila trail I saw someone mention that the undergrowth has not grown back enough since the fire to see much wildlife - we definitely missed seeing deer, rabbits, etc but hopefully they will return in time.

We couldn't get more than a 1/4 mile down this trail. It was not cleared at all and we quickly lost the path. Additionally, it starts out very steep which would be fine except there's still a heavy layer of ash on the ground which made it very slippery. Pity because the surroundings are beautiful, but the trail itself needs maintenance.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Beautiful ride! A bit more moderate on about 30% of the trail.