Pinon Trail and Angel Loop Trail

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Gila National Forest

Pinon Trail and Angel Loop Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Silver City, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 518 feet Route Type: Loop

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rocky

Nice hike, it's got a bunch of little trail connections too but the whole system is called Gomez Peak.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Added Gomez Peak for extra cardio to this route. Was pretty clear but over grown in a few places so wear pants if you’ve got sensitive skin. You’re in direct sunlight once you hit the climb for Gomez Peak so bring a hat! The views at the top of Gomez Peak and the back side of Angel Loop are pretty amazing! If you’re an acclimated tourist, this is a great hike for a view of the Gila National Forest!

You will find two locked gates of the parking lot because of Covid-19. But if you follow the fence to the left you will find a trail that is part of this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail but could not figure out how to get to the pinion trail. Not very well marked. No cell service to use ‘ALLTRAILS”

hiking
4 months ago

Gomez Peak Trail - I followed an established trail starting on Pinion trail. Easy enough and very fun to do in the snow. Pretty views and close enough to town that is expect to see more people on the weekends. Good hike for families with kids.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Super fun! Great steady climb kept my heart rate maxed out and my breathing labored! Trail is in great shape although this is my first time here. There were smooth sections, rocks roots, small mud puddles... all the things that make riding great.

hiking
7 months ago

As others have noted, the trail markings do not match the trail names on this site. The Walnut Creek/Gomez Peak area has it’s own separate trail marking system. Trails are numbered, not named, and there are maps posted at a few of the trail crossings. It’s pretty easy to get lost if you decide to explore smaller side trails. But the whole trail system only covers about one square mile. So it’d be hard to get lost for longer than 20 minutes if you stay on one trail.

Great trail and views. A bit confusing at times with all the small cross trails but worth it!

hiking
rocky
11 months ago

As others have said this is a great hike with 360° views atop Gomez Peak. The Pinon and Angel loops form a figure-8 with a little pigtail of switchbacks ascending the peak. I suggest taking Angel CW to hike the ascent while you're still fresh. After that, Angel circumscribes the mountain, giving new perspectives to the views from the top. About 4.5 miles, 900' elevation in all.

running
rocky
Mon Apr 29 2019

hiking
Sun Apr 14 2019

Great hike, good views. slightly Urban views. Some scrambling near the peak, but overall easy footing.

hiking
Wed Jan 30 2019

This hike was a fantastic way to see a view of Silver City and the Gila National Forest. We did the loop and also climbed to the top of the peak. It is absolutely worth it. It was about 1,000 feet change of elevation and feels rewarding once you reach the top. This is a great way to spend half a day.

Tue Jan 15 2019

Enjoyed this hike very much! Very few people! Hiked up to Gomez peak while doing the loops, great views from the top!

hiking
Sat May 12 2018

Excellent trail but thank the gods for AllTrails for showing me which fork to take! As others have said, the first part is poorly marked. Interesting to see the cactus and pine together.

hiking
Fri Mar 02 2018

All of the different trails in this area make it hard to decide which way to go. I had fun doubling back and doing loops. The area is ripe with ecology and geology. I could hit these trails 1000 times and still come away feeling enlightened.

hiking
Sat Dec 09 2017

Gorgeous hiking but terrible markers! Come on, put up a couple trail signs or at least arrows indicating which trail is which.

hiking
Thu May 11 2017

My Wife and I hiked this trail about 7 days ago and really enjoyed the views. Great inclines and plenty of locations to stop and see the vastness of this part of New Mexico. It was about 2 hours to the peak and what a clear day to see all around the area with more than 10 miles visibility.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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