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Black Range Crest Trail #79, NM

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Distance One Way 32.13 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,538 feet
Elevation Gain 2,580 feet
Accumulated Gain 7,793 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 58.1
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Sun  7:03am - 5:05pm
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Sawyers Peak
6.0 mi away
6.8 mi
1,633 ft
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Hillsboro Peak
6.0 mi away
9.2 mi
2,207 ft
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5.2 mi
1,902 ft
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7.3 mi away
2.9 mi
1,400 ft
Mimbres Lake
13.4 mi away
7.0 mi
600 ft
Cookes Peak from 4WD TH
19.2 mi away
5.0 mi
2,586 ft
City of Rocks State Park
20.0 mi away
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20.8 mi away
11.9 mi
2,563 ft
Fort Bayard Champion Tree
Fort Bayard Champion Tree
21.5 mi away
3.4 mi
265 ft
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22.1 mi away
7.0 mi
1,200 ft
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Trail 79 follows the crest of the Black Range offering spectacular views of rugged canyons, the Rio Grande River valley to the east, and the Gila Wilderness and Mogollon Mountains to the west.

Following the length of the Back Range is an exceptionally rewarding experience. This trail is broken into two segments, each beginning at Emory Pass on NM 152. Trail 79 going north toward Hillsboro Peak is almost all wilderness and suitable only for hiking and horseback. It traverses the hightest peaks in the range as it follows along the crest through ponderosa pine, mixed conifer, and aspen forests. It's about 27.7 miles from the trail head to Reeds Peak where it connects with Continental Divide Trail 74.

The segment of #79 that goes south from Emory Pass towards Sawyers Peak is 8.3 miles and terminates at Forest Road 886. This out-and-back segment passes through dense forests with few view points.

Springs on the mountain crest depend on winter snow pack. If winters have been mild, springs may be unreliable. Water can often be found by decending into canyons on any of the connecting trails. How far the descent is to water depends on how much moisture there has been. Water quality is not tested therefore it cannot be guaranteed to be drinkable, it is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    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.

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    Map Drive

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    From the town of Hillsboro go 17.8 miles west on NM 152. At the crest of the Black Range turn right (east) at Emery Pass Vista and go one-tenth mile to the vista parking area. The trail head for #79 going north toward Hillsboro Peak is just before you enter the parking area. Parking for #79 going south toward Sawyers Peak is on the west side of NM 152 across from the turnoff to Emery Pass Vista. From Silver City go east on U.S. 180 about six miles then turn left on NM 152. Follow NM 152 about 32.5 miles to Emery Pass Vista.
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