Hiking The Crest Trail

The 26th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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Northeast of Glenwood, the Crest Trail (#182) is a 12 mile hiking route with elevations ranging from 9,100 feet to 10,800 with spectacular views of the Gila. This trail is known as the Crest Trail because it generally follows the crest of the Mogollon Mountains from Sandy Point to Mogollon Baldy. Most of this trail is in old growth mixed conifer and offers some of the most spectacular views of the Gila National Forest. There is a fire look-out tower located at Mogollon Baldy. It runs from Sandy Point to Mogollon Baldy Mountain.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Silver City, head to Glenwood via Highway 180. Go north out of Glenwood 5 miles to Highway 159. Take Highway 159 to Sandy Point (approx. 20 miles or 1 hour).

Overall, Crest Trail is the 26th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico.

Crest Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  GNF (505) 539-2481; Silver City CoC (800) 548-9378; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM; Gila Hike & Bike (505) 388-3222.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Mexico" from Laurence Parent

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Mar. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/r3/

GPS:  33.37239, -108.68537

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  7/12/2016

ID:  14305

Crest Trail Hiking Map


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