Explore the most popular hiking trails near Silver City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little loop hike , we went to the right at the loop so we would be going downhill thru the chasm . Nice photo opportunities with the rock formations
Lots of birds and wildflowers when we went in early September

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes , did this in mid June and we did see a Bear , it stood on its back legs to get a better look at us , but it gently meander off after seeing us . Great views with lots of wildflowers and hummingbirds

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes !!! Great for all ages and lots to see with creek and rock formations .

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike in early June and saw quite a few day hikers along the trail .
Probably better during cooler months due to lack of shade in sections

hiking
1 month ago

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
1 month ago

Did this hike in early September with a party of four and only saw one other hiker
This trail has a steady uphill grade to the summit with picnic table and a park type grill near fire lookout tower

excellent trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail continues beyond signal peak. If you follow the service road down a bit you will hit the trail again which follows the ridge line for a mile or two before hitting the CDT which makes for a less steep hike overall and it can be taylored to any length. A very nice hike.

Dont miss this trail if you like forest, shade and big views. it is a gem but definitely uphill. Enjoy

hiking
3 months ago

There are many trail forks, so it’s easy to get turned around. I cannot imagine doing this hike just with the map provided at the beginning of the trail. Using AllTrails, we somehow still got lost when coming back around. Every trail at a 3 trail fork took us away from the trail line. Ended up coming out where the Cheyenne trail head began and walked up steep Market Street back to the beginning. Be careful. And this would be a hike rough on a dog’s paws.

backpacking
3 months ago

I grew up taking annual family hikes to Turkey creek in the early 80’s through 90’s. My last trip was 1998 to show it to my husband. It’s a very dry hot trip any later than early June and it’s extremely important to now put your head In the water or get it splashed in face or mouth due to bacteria in the water. Now that the kids are older I may just have to take them up the trail!

The road in is narrow and hard on your tires and 4wheel drive is definitely a good idea... although I did watch my uncle Clyde make it across the Gila 4 crossings in his Blue 1972 Mustang in 1985;) Definitely fond memories of this whole area!

no swimming in the lake, what kind of a joke is that??? also never found the trail to get around the dam. I wanted a 5 mile run anyway!

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
6 months ago

Hiked this route to Black Peak with my husband and dog on Saturday 3/31. From NM 15, turn at the sign for the Arrastra Site. Up the narrow, rocky road, there is space for a few vehicles to park. You can catch the CDT right from that parking area. There are a few ups and downs. It is not technical at all; most of the challenge comes from the length. The trail is easy to follow overall. The only confusing spot was at the turnoff from the access road at about 2.5 miles. It was not marked, but we used the Alltrails app to check. We clocked the mileage at 7.6 to the peak, for a total of 15.2. This trail recording ends short of the peak. Follow the sign for Signal Peak and turn left at a rock cairn for an easy trail to the summit. It took us 3:30 to go up and 2:40 to come back down. There weren't really views most of the way or at the top, except where you can see through areas of the forest that have been burned. We only saw one trail runner and one mountain biker the entire hike.

hiking
6 months ago

The lake is beautiful and there were a number of different ducks on the lake. The side of the lake near the boat launch (where I started) is easy to hike. Once you get to the dam it’s difficult to see the trail and how to get around the dam. I went up to the parking area and saw a trail on the far side and assumed that was the one. It takes you down a very steep hill with loose rocks and overgrown grass. Unfortunately the trail disappeared about half way down the hill. Very tricky footing, take it slow. Then you have to cross a creek a couple of times to finally find the trail again. There was some barbed wire mixed in with the grass. The side opposite the boat launch is stunningly beautiful with small hidden grottoes. Be careful in the areas where you follow the trail along the cliff face at the water’s edge, there’s a spot where there’s a steep drop that you have to figure out how to get down without breaking a leg. That side had sections with slippery claylike mud too. I saw no evidence of a trail that you could take instead of the road back to the boat launch. This trail was a little more challenging than I thought it would be, but well worth the effort.

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
8 months ago

Great trail. Lots of different trails merge off of this one so you need to keep an eye on the map.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to moderate trail and it’d be great for trail running. Temp was low 50’s, sunny no wind and wound up shedding windbreaker. Great views of WNMU campus and if you go down the backside nice views of farming and ranching homes. We maintained an easy pace and took an hour and was about 2 miles. Nice hike to bring along your best friend too! Enjoy!

did this recently although turned around at 3m in cuz baby wasn't gonna tolerate. took the dog and he really enjoyed the snow! we were just in boots and got to the base of the twin sisters area

When they say "hike a portion" they really mean "a portion."
The view from signal peak lookout is breathtaking, however to get there you're actually hiking an access road, which is really challenging because of the incline through a giant section of burned forest.
I'm a junkie for mileage so I enjoyed it, very challenging from the bottom up, even if it is only an access road. 1.5 liters of water was perfect.

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

on Boston Hill Trail

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I don’t know why the description says it is near Pinos Altos. It is actually within the city limits of Silver City. Trailheads are off city streets. This is a lovely trail system with fabulous views. You can do a thirty minute hike or a two hour hike depending on how you loop it. Lots of mining remnants to puzzle over. You won’t get lost because it is completely surrounded by streets and roads - just get high and you can figure out where you are. This is not a great place to hike in the heat of summer because there is minimal shade but otherwise anytime will do. Have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water. Highly recommend!

hiking
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good choice for a day in the 80's. Hiked 2 miles up and 2 miles back from the pull off on NM 15. Bushwackers inc. Marilyn, Janet and Ralph. Saw a lizard, juvenile and mature horned toad, sumac, poison ivy and watercress, which I was cautioned not eat due to possible Beaver Fever.

hiking
Sunday, September 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

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Would be a 5 but you will need a high profile vehicle, also a longer drive down dirt roads. No one there on Labor Day. VERY nice

Monday, July 31, 2017

I couldn't find the trail, it looked like all private property.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nice short trail in arroyo there is water but no hot springs

hiking
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

There is no trail in lower element of the loop in the canyon. It is a very picturesque box-slot for much of the way. However even a small storm upstream will be fatal if you are caught there. Be very careful attempting this part of the trail.

hiking
Thursday, 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.

on Tadpole Ridge Trail

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

This one is tough. Climbing and descents. Also some trail obstructions in the middle segment that requires scrambling. Wear long pants, be fit and have plenty of water. I did it in two days since I just had one vehicle. I hiked from Sheep Corral up about 5.5 miles and then back, and the following day I hiked from NM15 up to the point I left off. Did I say have plenty of water! Views are stunning along the ridge. I clocked the highest elevation at about 8600 ft. According to my fitbit tracker the total distance from point to point is about 9.5 miles, for a total round trip of about 19 miles. This does not match the distance shown on the trail signs. I'd be curious to know what mileage others come up with.

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