Gila River Trail, Multiday Backpack, Gila Wilderness

Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Jornada Hiking & Outdoors Club
Public group

Upper Gila River Bridge, NM 15

Grapevine Campground parking area · Gila National Forest, NM

How to find us

We will place cars for the car shuttle at the exit point near Gila, NM and entrance at Grapevine Campground at the confluence of the East and West Forks of the Gila River.

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The Gila River Trail #724, is a long stream-side hike on the main river of the Gila Wilderness below the confluences of its tributaries, the middle, west, and east forks. This is true wilderness hiking, offering outstanding natural beauty, vegetation, and wildlife.

Trip Rating: Moderate with some challenging river crossings.

There are well over 100 river crossings along the trail. A few crossings can and could be waist or chest high depending on recent rains. For example, on a past trip in 2010, at the confluence of Sapillo Creek, we were carrying our backpacks overhead. Often hiking an obvious trail will not be found and hiking is for the most part over long stretches of cobblestone and soft sand interspersed with riparian forest and grassy meadows.

Trail Length: 33 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss: We will be hiking down river the entire route with a net elevation loss of about 800 ft. Grapevine elevation is 5560 ft. and our exit near Turkey Creek is 4770 ft.

This is a 4 day, 3 night backpack. We will spend 3 nights camped alongside the river. Hiking distances will vary each day.

Dogs are not allowed on this outing.

You must have multi-day backpacking experience to participate. And you must call in to reserve a spot and have my approval. This outing is limited to 6 hikers up to the challenge. Mike[masked]

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