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Tadpole Ridge Trail No. 132

Contact Info
Gila National Forest
3005 E. Camino del Bosque
Silver City, NM 88061

Phone:
575-388-8201
Basics
Length:
8.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6700 feet
Elevation Range:
6700 feet to 9200 feet
Elevation Change:
2500 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

The Tadpole Ridge trail traverses 8.5 miles of mixed conifer forests at elevations of over 8500 feet. The trail is a popular route for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers due to its proximity to Silver City and the fact that the trailhead is accessed by a paved road (NM Hwy, 15). The trail is maintained yearly, but old forest fires along the route continue to plague the trail with blowdown and erosion. It is recommended that visitors use a map when exploring this trail.

High elevations close to Silver City.

Stock users may want to take an axe or saw on the trip to cut out obstructions.

Details

Length:
8.5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6700
Elevation Range:
6700 feet to 9200
Elevation Change:
2500
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Signal Peak
Additional Details:

There is space for about six vehicles at the Tadpole Ridge Trailhead. Visitors with large stock trailers are recommended to use the overflow parking 200 yards up the road.

Silver City is the closest town. Gas, food, and lodging are available

No water is available. It is advisable to carry your own.

Travelers should take a topographic map, compass, and extra warm clothes. This trail is long and steep and could be difficult for some visitors. Please know your limits.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Travel north out of Silver City on NM Hwy. 15 approximately 15 miles. The trailhead is on the west side of the road, and is marked by a sign.


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