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Extended Weekend in the Gila - Sepillo Creek to the Gila River Bridge

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.

the plan:

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

Dogs Allowed

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

Contact Derrick with any questions

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I will have to join you for the next Gila trip. Did you guys find a green fiberglass canoe by Murdoch's Hole by any chance?

    August 11, 2013

    • Derrick

      No I didn't see one. but it was so overgrown that it would have been really difficult to find.

      August 11, 2013

  • Derrick

    WOW what an area. never hurts to see wildlife like bear and deer either. Glad we did this hike. although it was ridiculously overgrown it was still awesome. water level was mostly around the knees and not rushing too bad. will gladly do this hike again.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Sal

    Amazing views, lot’s of wild life, bears, beautiful huge mule deer and now my second favorite part of the Gila National forest. Thanks Derrick for organizing this meetup.

    August 11, 2013

  • Sal

    I'll be there around 5:00 PM, I'll be driving a White 4X4 GMC pickup truck.

    August 8, 2013

  • Derrick

    ok People it's that time. I won't be getting there until much closer to midnight. So if you are heading there earlier it may help the others to post what time you plan to get there as well as what kind of vehicle that way you guys can find each other. at this point I won't be checking the site much. if you have any questions text me 5052039042. ill respond right away.

    August 8, 2013

  • Derrick

    Good thing is the entire gila is open now which gives unlimited options for a backup

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Our search on Sunday was in the Alum Camp area and besides the water being high it was also too muddy to see the bottom of the river. Honestly, I'm not sure how to check on the current water depth. (no pun intended!)

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Sal

    Martha bring your dogs, in any case if the water is that high I don’t think I want to cross it either maybe Pamela can give us an update. Like Derrick said if he has to adjust the plan he’ll do it.

    August 7, 2013

  • Martha H.

    i am bringing my two dogs who are wonderful . Seyva has her own new pack to carry her own stuff. If the water is really strong and high i don't think they have the confidence or agility to do this. wading and swimming in a soft current is fine.

    August 7, 2013

  • Jeremiah M.

    Have to work instead. Bummer.

    August 7, 2013

  • Derrick

    I did confirm the flow was going to be about waist level. just prepare for that. I am really not too worried about it. There are plenty of hiking options out when we go. Ill wake up early Friday and go check the river out for myself and then make the call. i've done parts of the river at that flow before and everything was ok.

    August 6, 2013

    • Derrick

      I really appreciate the info guys. i have cancelled trips or changed trips last minute if safety is a concern and I will do it again if necessary. the high water level was a concern when I planned this trip. But i am not a worry head. for all we know we can head out to low water levels and get heavy rain and be in the same position we are in now. Its the risk you take doing stuff like this. So if you are really concerned simply don't go. I will make sure it is safe before we head out. But the fact is a trail in the gila is going to happen this weekend regardless. so there will be a back up.

      2 · August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Derrick, I'm new to this group and a little confused about launch: "Trip Dates:August 9(Friday) thru August 11 (Sunday hike out)" but you also talk about arriving and camping Thursday night. Is everyone driving seperate? Can I carpool with someone?
    Probably got that conversation running for those going, but I didn't want to RSVP until I was sure...

    August 5, 2013

    • Derrick

      we will be on the trail friday through sunday but to make it out early enough friday we are going to meet up thursday. if you wanna do the drive friday you can but that would be an early start

      August 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      rather have the info about thursday's meetup and see about carpool instead of driving myself.

      August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm on Grant County search & rescue and we just did a mission on the Gila. It IS flowing high and as of Sunday Aug 4 crossing was dangerous. Flow may be down if we don't get anymore rain but check with Forest Service first.

    August 6, 2013

  • Derek T

    Hey all, A buddy and I are looking at joining you for this hike. We talked to a trail worker from the forest service office to ask about current water levels of the Gila. Info is that some crossings are waist high. Do you have a back up plan if this hike doesn't work out?

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Derrick,

    It's actually spelled Sapillo. I'd love to join you but I can't get off of work.

    July 23, 2013

    • Derrick

      Ill adjust the spelling when i have time thanks.

      July 23, 2013

    • Brandon

      Why cant you spell your own native language ese? Haha. Ill be in Oregon during these dates but sounds awesome. Im jealous!

      1 · August 3, 2013

  • Tony

    Would like to do this if I can get off work on Friday. I know this area of the canyon and it's access points, you're in for some great scenery.

    July 31, 2013

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