Best trails in Gila National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Gila National Forest, New Mexico? AllTrails has 64 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 30 moderate trails in Gila National Forest ranging from 1.4 to 18.4 miles and from 4,744 to 10,101 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
The Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico covers 3.3 million acres. The Forest multiple wilderness areas including the Gila Wilderness which was the first officially designated wilderness in the United States of America, in addition to Aldo Leopold Wilderness and the Blue Range Wilderness. Visitors to the Gila National Forest are met with the stunning Mogollon Mountains, deep canyons, and forests of ponderosa pine and juniper woodlands. Popular activities include hiking, horseback riding, soaking in hot springs, viewing the historic gila cliff dwellings, and wildlife viewing. Within the forest you will have chances to see bald eagles, black bear, bighorn sheep, and peregrine falcons.
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#1 - Jordan Hot Springs Via Little Bear Canyon Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 20 m
The hike starts out with a gradual uphill for about one hour, then one hour downhill into a canyon until you reach the fork of Little Bear Canyon and Middle Fork. From here, there are about ~15 riverShow more
#2 - The Catwalk National Recreation Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Note: Part of this trail is currently closed due to construction. This is a loop trail over Whitewater Creek using bridges and catwalks. Standing between the entrance pillars with your back to the paShow more
#3 - Little Bear Canyon Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
Little Bear Canyon Trail is a 8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pinos Altos, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a numShow more
#4 - Dragonfly Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
There are many trails within this area. The Gila National Forest also has a nice trail information page, along with a downloadable PDF map of the area. Hike the more traveled trail to the right, andShow more
#5 - Little Bear Canyon Middle Fork Gila Loop Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
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 Show more
#6 - Pinon Trail and Angel Loop Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Nice hike, it's got a bunch of little trail connections too but the whole system is called Gomez Peak.Show more
#7 - Gila Loop Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 21.4 mi • Est. 9 h 37 m
Gila Loop Trail is a 21.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinos Altos, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and Show more
#8 - Turkey Creek Hot Springs
Gila National Forest
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
Turkey Creek Hot Springs is a 10.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Silver City, New Mexico that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#9 - Middlefork (Lightfeather) Hot Springs Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 38 m
Middlefork (Lightfeather) Hot Springs Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinos Altos, New Mexico that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail is prShow more
#10 - Purgatory Chasm Trail
Gila National Forest
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
Purgatory Chasm Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Silver City, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nShow more
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