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Gila National Forest Catwalk/Trail 207


Note: details may change! Please keep checking this post.

Another note: The Gila Millers fire is in the middle of nowhere, near the cliff dwellings, and has no effect on the catwalk hike.

Changes from previous event (please comment/update your RSVP if you're unhappy w/ the changes!):

Skipping the camping, unless many are interested (please leave a comment/contact me!) Note that the El Paso Ridgewalkers also have a backpacking trip in the nearby Mogollon Mtns ( this weekend. Leave an hour earlier, and attempt to beat both heat and weekend traffic (which will be heavy through Silver City). This drive is over 3 hours one way, and turning this into a day hike turns this into an all day event. Please leave your ETA back to LRU/ELP open-ended, unless you're driving yourself.

Tentative plan is to hike 5 miles or so of trail 207, the first mile of which is the Catwalk Recreation Area (!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTJw8jAwjQL8h2VAQAzHJMsQ!!/?ss=110306&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&navid=100000000000000&pnavid=null&recid=2029&ttype=recarea&pname=Gila%20National%20Forest%20-%20Catwalk%20Recreation%20Area) proper, and then hike back (total ~10 mi). Parking fee is $3/vehicle.

I'd like to catch the Gila Cliff Dwellings on the return trip, but as of May 9, the Miller Fire is dangerously close to the Gila Cliff Dwellings ( It's likely it'll close by this weekend.

Meet for carpool:

Las Cruces: 6:00 am east of NMSU's Pan Am Center. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.740997&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=57.772232,39.726562&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16)). El Paso: 5:15 am, I-10 and Transmountain Road Shell. Meet and park at the gravel parking lot to the west of the gas station. See map (OpenStreetMap ( or Google Maps (,-106.581483&aq=&sll=31.907128,-106.581379&sspn=0.001874,0.001261&ie=UTF8&ll=31.9077,-106.581931&spn=0.001874,0.002693&t=h&z=19)).
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