RedRoxx44 wrote:Years ago did a Turkey Creek, Granny Mtn, Gila River loop that was pretty nice. Trail was a bit vague on Granny mtn, Side trip up or down Turkey with a day pack is recommended ( above the hot springs, but that area is nice too). According to guide book about 46 miles recommended 6-8 days but I think did it in 3 or 4 days??
The lower TH areas were spared the fire damage I think, but the closer to the high country you will see it, although I think the newer fires did not make it into Snow Park, just above it.
Rain Creek was mighty fine when I was there a few years ago, but supposedly that TH is decommissioned? Although I cannot see why and you could use it with Mogollon Creek I would think.
Looking into these suggestions, these no longer seem possible as Gila River trail appears to be washed out/mostly gone and is not recommended. The rain creek TH is still open, and the rain creek trail was recently maintained. The west fork mogollon trail is listed as destroyed by the mudslides/flash flooding from after the fire, so I'm not sure I can connect from Rain Creek over to Mogollon creek. It seems you were really lucky to hike these areas while they were still maintained!
For others looking to plan their trip here are some good resources to use. Why they don't put the same info together on a single map I will never understand.
Trails Destroyed or Decommissioned:
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 606330.pdf
Trails Maintained (As of Nov/2018)
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO ... 602505.pdf