This will be a one way shuttle trip in the Gila. This will go to the beautiful Sepillo Box and up the Gila River. There is the Gila River Hot springs along this route. Also a soak at nearby Gila Hot Springs is an option as well as delicious ice cream from Doc Campbells which is just down the road from our end point. It may be hot, but the shade and water crossings will be plentiful and much welcome. Please bring a comfortable water shoe that you can hike miles in. The Gila is Notorious for its water crossings, and will be a norm on this trip. This trip is rated as difficult due to mileage. Some route finding may be necessary. Maybe not. Just follow the river.
Thursday: drive to TH. we will actually drive to our end point which is Grapevine camp where we will spend the night. Sepillo TH is on private land so we cannot camp there. We will leave cars there then leave for Sepillo in the morning.
Friday:Hike along Spring Canyon Trail about 10 miles to the junction with the Gila River. The first 8 miles of this trip has no water. so carry plenty. There is water at 3.5 but is hardly reliable, especially in the drought we have been having. There is also a little of up and downhill in this area and will definitely be the most difficult part of the trip.
Saturday: We will hike another 10 miles or so with the intended camp being Alum camp. We will likely take a rest and explore the Murdochs hole area. The Hot Springs are not too far from camp. If we are feeling it, we may hike the whole way to the springs.
Sunday: Hike out. get ice cream and maybe some hot springs. This will be an easy couple mile hike out.
If you RSVP "Yes" for this trip please plan on attending! Please read our RSVP policy located in our "Pages" section
Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver and Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our Files section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.
Trip Dates:August 9(Friday) thru August 11 (Sunday hike out)
Deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is August 2, 2013
Drive Time to Camp/Trailhead Location: 5 to 5.5 hours
Camp Location for Friday Night: There are some nice spots just north of the trailhead. a small less than quarter mile hike in will be the intended campsite.
Directions to Camp Location: Take I-25 South past T or C to the Exit for Highway 152 or Hillsboro. Take 152 through the Black Range to the Junction with Highway 35. Take 35 past lake Roberts to the junction with Highway 15. Sepillo Creek TH is near this junction. Continue up 15 to the Grapevine Camp near the Gila River Bridge
Trail Length:24.5 miles
Elevation Gain:about 1000 ft
Expected Temps: Highs 90's, Lows in 50's
Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!
Contact Derrick with any questions