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New Mexico in early may
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Ronald Groth
(rgfooter) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
New Mexico in early may on 04/01/2011 17:04:38 MDT Print View

I am looking to visit gila national forest in may for a week of hiking. What are the weather conditions normally like? Anyone have trip suggestions? thanks ron

Mark Olah

Locale: New Mexico
Gila on 04/03/2011 00:46:39 MDT Print View

It has been a warm dry winter/spring down here. Expect a fire ban around that time. Fire related forest closures are not common but can happen, so have a backup plan. Since it is a low snow year, my guess is that the Mogollon baldy trail #182 will be mainly snow free by early/mid May (although last year there was snow till June). Consider starting on the Catwalk trail out of Glenwood and following Whitewater creek to Hummingbird Saddle, and on to Mogollon baldy which will take 2-3 days depending on your pace. From there, there are many loops to be made. But avoid trail #102 over turkeyfeather mountain, it was obliterated by deadfall from a recent fire and looked very bad last year from a distance. Option 2: make a loop on the middle and west forks of the Gila starting out of the Gila Cliff dwellings national monument. You can hit the hot springs on the middle fork, and make any number of grand loops if you have a full week.

Also, for any of the routes along a creek there will be sometimes a dozen stream crossings per mile. Bring some well draining shoes.

Hk Newman
(hknewman) - MLife

Locale: Western US
New Mexico - dry conditions on 04/03/2011 00:57:11 MDT Print View

It's pretty dry south of Albuquerque and even to the north up to Durango, the lower elevations are dry while the higher elevations had enough snow to extend some ski seasons. Strange pattern.

Edited by hknewman on 04/03/2011 00:58:08 MDT.

Ronald Groth
(rgfooter) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
New Mexico in early may on 04/03/2011 15:18:46 MDT Print View

thanks for the ideas, i have ordered maps so I will check out the routes