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West Fork Trail #151, NM

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 32.91 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,828 feet
Elevation Gain 2,657 feet
Accumulated Gain 5,331 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 50.68
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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.

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This is a difficult hike. It would be insane to attempt this entire hike without prior experience hiking.

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Trail 151 has a trailhead at the south and north boundaries of the wilderness. The southern trail head is at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument 1.5 miles from the Visitor Center. Follow NM 15 north from Silver City to the Monument. The travel time is 1 hour, 45 min.

The second trailhead is at Willow Creek on the north wilderness boundary. It may not be accessible in the early spring if forest roads are closed due to snow. From the town of Reserve follow Forest Road 141 then 28 to Willow Creek. Travel time about 1hour, 45 min. From the town of Glenwood follow NM 159 to Willow Creek. This road is not recommended for horse trailers. Travel time about 1 hour, 30 min. Check with the Reserve or Glenwood Ranger Districts for more information.
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