Summary: Follow the main forest trail past the iron gate. At about 100 yards take the first trail to the left going down to the middle fork - Gila river. Take the river trail and make two river crossings. About 800 feet beyond the second river crossing you will come to some stone-lined pits between the river and the trail. These are the soaking pits. Test the temperature before entering and do not touch the water where it exits the rock - IT IS HOT.
WARNING - check with the rangers about the amoeba information for the hot springs. Do not dunk your head or splash water up your nose.
Trailhead: From Silver City drive north on Hwy-15 for about 40 miles to enter the Gila National Forest. Continue on the highway another 4 miles past a left turn and to the visitors center. Stay left of the parking lot at the road and continue beyond to a dirt parking area on the left. The trailhead is the gated trail to the right. Water and restrooms are available at the visitors center. (Lat:33.2258 Lon:-108.24118)
Trail Guides for Gila NF - Lightfeather Hot Springs:
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. Rangers and phones at the visitors center for emergencies.
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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