Hiking The Crest Trail South

The 31st most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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East of Silver City and west of Hillsboro, the Crest Trail South (#79) is a 12 mile hiking route from Emory Pass heading south to Berenda Canyon. The route passes through stands of Ponderosa Pine and juniper/pinyon semi-desert. There is wildlife such as bear and mountain lion. The route ends at FS883.

Note, this trail is not related to the Crest Trail located east of Glenwood.

To reach the hiking trailhead from the town of Hillsboro go 17.8 miles east on NM 152. At the crest of the Black Range turn right (east) at Emery Pass Vista and go one-tenth mile to the vista parking area. The trail head for #79 going north toward Hillsboro Peak is just before you enter the parking area. Parking for #79 going south toward Sawyers Peak is on the west side of NM 152 across from the turnoff to Emery Pass Vista.

Overall, Crest Trail South is the 31st most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Crest Trail South including Continental Divide Trail - Bookan Forest, Black Range Crest Trail, Granny Mountain, Sawmill Wagon Road Recreation Trail, Turkey Creek Trail and West Fork TrailFort Bayard Big Juniper Tree Trail.

Crest Trail in Gila NF (NM/US)

Crest Trail in Gila NF (NM/US)

Crest Trail in Gila NF (NM/US)

Crest Trail in Gila NF (NM/US)

Crest Trail South 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

Luxury Loding:  Black Range Lodge, Kingston (505) 895-5652

Breakfast Restaurant:  Diannes, Silver City

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

GPS:  32.8204, -107.7376

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  8/19/2016

ID:  15241

Crest Trail South Hiking Map


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