Trail 151 is one of the hallmark trails of the Gila Wilderness. It follows the West Fork of the Gila River through a beautiful, deep, winding canyon with spectacular volcanic cliff formations. There are many river crossing per mile and boots that can be worn for wading are recommended.
Many trails can be connected to cross the Gila Wilderness but #151 is one of only two trails that completely traverses the wilderness. The southern trailhead is at the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the northern trail head is at Willow Creek. The trails that connect with #151 can be linked to make several very interesting loops through the interior of the wilderness. These loops provide opportunities for extended pack trips in quiet solitude and a wonderful variety of scenic canyon, mesa, and mountain terrain.
Trail 151 follows the spectacular West Fork of the Gila River to near it's source then completes a traverse of the Gila Wilderness.
Flooding may occur during spring run-off and the rainy season.
Silver City is 43 miles from the trailhead and provides auto services, gas, groceries, lodging, medical facilities, restaurants, and shopping.
Water is available in the West Fork of the Gila River, Cub Creek, Turkey Feather Creek, and Iron Creek. Water quality is not tested therefore it cannot be guaranteed to be drinkable, it is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water.
There are many opportunities for camping along the West Fork. Since this popular trail is heavily used, camping away from the river in unused locations and practicing "leave no trace" camping techniques is recommended. Fuel stoves instead of fires are also recommended.
Ancient volcanic activity gives the Gila the distinctive geology and dramatic rock formations that are typical of the West Fork. White Creek Cabin, at the confluence of the West Fork and White Creek in the heart of the wilderness, was the location of a ranger station and fish hatchery in the early 1900's. It was restored to preserve the history of the early foresters but is not open for public use.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.