Summary: Follow trail 151 to the west. You will need to rock-hop over a few side channels of the west fork. The trail will gently bend to the south. You will come to the main river crossing at 0.9 miles. Before crossing the river, notice that the main trail goes off to the right, but there is a smaller trail straight across the river through a smaller gap in the trees. Proceed across to that smaller gap. From the gap you will see three rolling hills in front of you. One to the right, one just ahead, and one to the left. Go to the left until you find a dim trail going up on the left hill. Climb up the bank and you will find yourself on a wide bench. Head due south about 500 feet to the grave. If you climb up the next bench you went too far. The grave is under a dead oak tree. When we visited there were several pistol shells scattered on the grave. Return via reverse route.
Trailhead: From Silver City drive north on Hwy-15 for about 40 miles to enter the Gila National Forest. Continue on the highway another 3 miles to a left turn. Turn left and continue 2 miles to the parking area just beyond the Cliff Dwelling parking area with the building on the left. The trailhead (Trail 151) is to the left of the kiosk. Water and restrooms are available at the cliff dwelling entrance. (Lat:33.22977 Lon:-108.26555)
Trail Guides for Gila NF - Grudging Grave.:
Hiking New Mexicos Gila Wilderness
by Bill Cunningham Polly Burke (Falcon Guide)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: No cell service. For emergencies rangers and phones at the cliff dwellings
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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