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Granny Mountain Trail No. 160

Contact Info
Gila National Forest
HC 68 Box 50
Mimbres, NM 88049

Phone:
575-536-2250
Basics
Length:
23 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
5240 feet
Elevation Range:
5240 feet to 7640 feet
Elevation Change:
2400 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Year Round

Description

This is a challenging trail into rugged country and solitude. The first segment from TJ Corral to Miller Springs, about 14 miles, is moderate. It can be linked with the Miller Springs Trail 159, Turkey Creek Trail 155, and Little Creek Trail 160 to form a 4-day loop.

The second segment of Trail 160 from Miller Springs over Granny Mountain to the Gila River, about 9 miles, is difficult. The trail acends a long ridgeline up to Granny Mountain then decends steeply down the south side to the Gila River. There are outstanding views of the rugged wilderness canyon country through which the Gila River flows. The trail ends at the Gila River where the options are to go up or down river on Trail 724.

A challenging trail that takes back-country travelers into the heart of a remote section of the Gila River.

The decent from Granny Mountain to the Gila River has no water and is very hot in summer.

Details

Length:
23 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
5240
Elevation Range:
5240 feet to 7640
Elevation Change:
2400
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Little Turkey Park, Granny Mountain
Additional Details:

The 160 trail head at TJ Corral has chemical toilets, corrals, and plenty of parking for hikers and horse trailers. There is limited water on this trail. Water can be found where the trail crosses the lower end of Little Creek, at a small spring at Miller Creek Cabin, and at the Gila River. There is a stock tank at Little Turkey Park and Miller Spring Cabin from which water can be filtered if needed.

Silver City is 43 miles from the trail head and provides auto services, gas, groceries, lodging, medical facilities, restaurants, and shopping.

Water quality is not tested therefore it cannot be guaranteed to be drinkable, it is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water.

On the topos the segment of Trail 160 from TJ Corral to Miller Springs is also called the Miller Spring Trail. The entire trail is known as the Granny Mountain Trail. This open ponderosa, pinyon/juniper country is good habitat for deer, javalina, and bear. The cabin at Miller Springs isn''t open to the public.

The south slopes on the decent into the Gila River are brushy with spectaular views and volcanic cliff formations. This is excellent country for Golden Eagles. The Gila River is excellent fishing and bird and wildlife habitat. In summer Black Hawks nest along the river. There have also been rare sighting of Coatimundi.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Follow NM 15 north from Silver City to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The 160 trail head is at TJ Corral about one mile before the entry station to the cliff dwellings. The travel time is 1 hour, 45 min.


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