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Places to Backpack with a dog in Southern NM

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Offline bracketboy89

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Places to Backpack with a dog in Southern NM
« on: January 02, 2017, 09:03:35 PM »
I am starting to plan a trip and figure out a destination for this coming spring break that I can bring my dog. I was considering Gila wilderness but after doing some reading it sounds like the Gila River may be raging with snow melt during that time and there are many river crossings on the main loop trail I was hoping to do. Can anyone recommend a good place in one of the National Forests that would have water available on the route? I was hoping there maybe something in the Lincoln National Forest north of GUMO that could give me a solid 20-30 mile trek.

Thanks for any advice!

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Offline Juan Cuatro Lados

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Re: Places to Backpack with a dog in Southern NM
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 08:12:17 AM »
Hiked the Gila numerous times around spring break.  Example:  From the main visitor center near the Cliff Dwellings, on the Middle Fork, go upstream past the hot spring (really hot!) for only a couple of river crossings, then take the trail that climbs out of the river canyon toward the east to Adobe Spring, which is very near the East Fork of the river.  The area is seldom used and I found it to be extremely interesting, we day-hiked from our campsite up to White Rocks, and another day hike along the East Fork.
Snowed a little, 10 degrees one morning, but hey ......

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Offline bracketboy89

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Re: Places to Backpack with a dog in Southern NM
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 01:58:46 PM »
Ok cool it sounds like the best plan would be to base camp somewhere and day hike out from there. When you say the middle fork I guess you mean the main stem of the river? Sounds like there should be no shortage of water then.

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Offline backpacker56

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Re: Places to Backpack with a dog in Southern NM
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2017, 12:37:54 PM »
I used to go to West Fork Mogollon a lot.  Hiked out during snowfall one spring break.  I always felt the hike in from Rain Creek Mesa was a challenge, although the hike out over the same trail never seemed that bad.  It looks like maybe W.F.M. was spared some of the ravages of the big fires of 2012.  Snowmelt varies, of course.  You have to cross Rain Creek, and it could be easy or difficult, depending on the prevailing conditions.

Another possibility is Sacaton Creek.  Never been in there, but seems like easier access, and again, less fire impact.  Here's a link:
http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/waterfalls/sacatonfalls.htm

Turkey Creek is good too, but you'd have to cross the Gila River.  Turkey Creek Hot Springs is fantastic.  Google Earth has it marked wrong; it's well above Skeleton Canyon.
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