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Gila Wilderness Loop, NM
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Gila Wilderness Loop, NM 
Gila Wilderness Loop, NM
 
Backpack avatar Sep 20 2019
derpsquad
Backpack60.00 Miles
Backpack60.00 Miles4 Days         
 
Day 1

Started at Woody's Corral and headed up Granny Mtn 160 which is quite exposed but has excellent views looking South into the Gila. Once on Little Creek 161, the ponderosas come out and provide shade through the whole canyon. Tons of wildflowers and knee high bright green grass from the recent monsoons. It's an relaxing, level, and beautiful stroll. Intermittent water through Litte Creek. We set up camp at a great site near the spring at the intersection of Turkey Creek 155 and Little Creek 161 and hiked up to Granite peak which has fantastic 360 views of the wilderness.

Day 2

Started up Turkey Creek 155 which was flowing pretty good until the climb over the Diablo Mtns. Great views on top of the Diablos. McKenna Park is like walking through a fairy tale. Pretty hard not to have a smile plastered across your face for 7 miles with wildflowers up to our waist, wide open meadows, and old growth ponderosas providing shade through the entire park. What a beautiful place. Dropped into West Fork at the White Creek Administrative Site and had lunch next to the river. About a dozen switchbacks later on Trotter 30 and we were out of the canyon up on the mesa. Lilley Park was another highlight and definitely worth a visit. Water at Lilley Park spring. Planned on camping off Chicken Coop 29 but the creek was dry so we pressed onto Prior Cabin which typically has reliable water (it did). Saw a herd of 20+ Elk in Chicken Coop.

Day 3

After about 3 miles on Prior Creek 156 some pretty incredible views of the middle fork emerge which are worth a moment of reflection. This is shortly followed by a steep drop down to Middle Fork 157. After all the monsoon rains the canyon was blooming with life (more than usual). We strolled down to Jordan Hot Springs and soaked for hours. Awesome place to camp especially after a couple of big days.

Day 4

Continued down the beautiful Middle Fork 157 which had some recent trail work to Little Bear 729 which turns into a pretty cool slot canyon. Back to the truck before noon and off to Tucson.
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