Summary: From the trailhead take the West Fork stock bypass trail west for 0.25 miles. Turn right on the Little Bear Canyon trail (Trail 729). At 2 miles pass the Lilly Park Trail junction. At 4 miles intersect the Gila River Middle Fork Trail (Trail 157). Take trail 157 to the right for 6 miles and 30 river crossings. After the 30th river crossing watch for a smaller trail raising gently up to the left. This trail is right behind the visitors center and about 1.5 miles from the TJ Corral.
WARNING - Little Bear Canyon can flash-flood quickly. Stay alert if there are storms in the area. River crossings can become dangerous if flash flooding occurs. Keep alert - even if storms are not visible from your location, flooding may occur from heavy rains upstream of your location.
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 1 mile to the TJ Corral parking area The trailhead is to the right of the kiosk. Water and restrooms are available at the trailhead. (Lat:33.22715 Lon:-108.24141)
Trail Guides for Gila NF - Little Bear Canyon - Middle Fork Gila:
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 & phones at visitor center & Cliff Dwe
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Michael P. Olbrisch, who has posted 71 other hikes on this site
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