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Continental Divide Trail Segment 7

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Gila National Forest

Continental Divide Trail Segment 7 is a 7.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Silver City, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,561 feet Route Type: Point to Point

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

running

wildlife

no dogs

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. 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 highlight is the view of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery.

hiking
2 months ago

Continental Divide Trudge: Good for a workout, little else. Minimal vistas for being on continental divide, lots of "trail" actually roads, very poorly signed where trail intersects with roads, including the Pinos Altos trailhead. Conditions of the portions that were actually trail were very good, but my expectations were established by CDT trails in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, so this segment was very disappointing.

hiking
8 months ago

I love this section of the CDT because you get to go from tall pine forest to desert and then back to forest again. There’s also a bunch of side trails/deer paths to explore. Four stars because some of the official ‘trail’ is actually a dirt road.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

We did this hike in mid August not as shuttle but halfway in and out one week then from the other end the next week halfway in and out . Easy terrain for all ages

hiking
Sun Sep 10 2017

4.5 mile hike on Continental Divide with the Bushwackers. Accessed via Bear Mtn Rd and returned to vehicles on Hoop de Doo Road, titled because it dips up and down a lot. September 7, 2017

Sun Apr 23 2017

Nice hike. Saw only 2 other people all day. Beautiful scenery. Peaceful.

Fri Nov 25 2016

Lovely hike! Depending which direction you go off of the main road, the ecosystem is very different. Spectacular rock formations and overlook when you go to the north.

hiking
Thu Jul 28 2016

Took my two dogs here while it was overcast. nice hike. the silver city area is really nice as far as desert goes

Fri Apr 08 2016

Good trail that gets deep in the NM forest. Very quiet and serene.

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Wed Jun 12 2019

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Sun Jun 02 2019

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Sat Jun 01 2019

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Sun May 26 2019

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Mon Apr 29 2019

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Thu Apr 18 2019

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Tue Apr 09 2019

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Sat Mar 23 2019

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