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Little Bear Canyon

  • Sep 20, 2009 · 10:00 AM
  • Little Bear Canyon

The hike is about a 11 mile hike beginning at the Gila National Monument. I’m calling this moderate difficulty only because of the distance but other than that it is a nice hike. This a loop hike by returning via the Middle Fork which require a few river crossings so you will get your feet wet but it's not deep. A change of shoes for after the hike is recommended. If you haven’t hiked the Gila you’ll want to go back, just ask anyone that went last year. I usually don't schedule a hike this far away on a Sunday but there has been a big interest in camping out the night before. So there are a couple of options. 1. For those who are not campers it's a 3.5 hour drive from Las Cruces which makes for an early morning or 2. Stay in Silver City Saturday which is a little less than an hour from the Gila visitor center. Silver is a neat town and the Palace hotel is reasonable and in the middle of town. 3. Camp out close by the Gila Visitor center or 4. camp out at the intersection of Little Bear and the Middle Fork close to the hot springs. All four of these options are possible with a little coordination. If you're interested let me know what you'd like to do and I'll coordinate. Tom

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful area. I enjoyed seeing the caves along the hike. Although 12 miles is long it really didn't feel that long as it was mostly on a steady level route. I will definitely bring water shoes for next time because crossing 24 rivers in my boots and then walking in them afterward is not pleasant

    September 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Our group was great! Excellent company, conversation, laughs, and environment through water, rain, and rocks – what more could you want? Thanks everyone! It was good to connect with the earth in NM. We appreciate Tom’s knowledge and time for putting the hike together. Jim & Kim

    September 22, 2009

  • Craig

    While the scenery was awesome, it was the others in the hike that shone above all. What a great group of people! This was my first event with this group and their hospitality and friendliness was beyond compare.

    September 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a great trip. Only a little sprinkling of rain toward the end. A super group of people.

    September 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was my first time hiking with the group. It was a very good 1st experience for me. The scenery was breath taking everyone needs to experience this at least once in their life. This is a trip I will never forget. The group was helpful to everyone especially those of us that were first timers. Sure they wanted to go at their own pace but they were so gracious in waiting for us first timers. Thank you everyone for being supportive and making the trip fun and memorable.

    September 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I back packed in. Next year, my pack will be lighter. I had a great time and really enjoyed my fellow backpackers.

    September 21, 2009

  • anthony

    beautiful country! if you love the outdoors, this trip is for you!!

    September 21, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this meeting closed to new attendees? Why? Been an old member, but profile was deleted, so I created a new one.

    September 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Paty....Call me to see if we can figure something out to pick you up. I e mailed you my #

    September 18, 2009

  • Craig

    How do we "meetup" for camping? Where? When?

    September 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone tell me where the closest place to camp (not backpack) with a mini motorhome. I'm totally unfamiliar with the area. I'm also going to leave my dog there when I hike so I won't have to board her. Thanks!

    September 15, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    I plan on camping overnight in the Gila.

    September 12, 2009

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