GET Hike n Hang Planning Thread
I've read of more than a few interested in a hike n hang of the Grand Enchantment Trail in the Gila National Forest/Wilderness of New Mexico.
Taozenqi told me about the trail. I started researching it here:
Bought the maps/GPS tracks CD from there. The site has a current water sources report, town guide, resupply points and lots of other info free to download in .pdf.
One of the overview map shows the route color coded by terrain type. I think since most people prefer to avoid sections of dirt road, blacktop, etc. in favor of singletrack trail, I'm looking at sections 19-25 of the trail, as it has the most uninterrupted singletrack.
Specifically, this is what I'm considering so far:
A 50 mile hike, Section 20 from Glenwood, NM, Do the Catwalk Trail, intersect with the GET and hike to the end of section 21 and visit the Gila Cliff Dwellings. This hike takes you along Whitewater Creek, the Mogollon Mountains, The Crest Trail 182 and West Fork of the Gila River.
Section 22 to the end of section 25, a 61 mile hike. This hike takes you thru Montoya Pasture, Tom Moore canyon, South Diamond Creek, intersects with the CDR and runs the Black Range Crest, Diamond Peak and Lookout Mountain, ending at NM59. You could possibly bail at the end of section 24 at FR226, cutting out the 11 miles of section 25, making it a 50 mile hike also.
Looks like both these hikes have a fair amount of fording possible. And both could be hiked in either direction. Both are probably a 4-5 day hike. Logistics of pick up and drop off may take some doing. I'm not too knowledgeable of the area.
So I've got the ball rolling. Let's see where it goes.
I'm in for either, depending on timing. At first glance hike A sounds appealing. Maybe the ol' curmudgeon will join the fray.:laugh:
The car shuttles will be an adventure as roads are long and far between in the Gila sections I've driven.
I am in for the hike - if the dates work for me.
I can participate in the car shuttle if the roads are OK for a Subaru.
Subscribing...for when I return from UT.
Sounds like a fun hike.
Derek since you have the GPS info can you research the elevation gains/losses?
If you guys head out before I return from UT have a great trip and I look forward to the trip reports.
Here's the overview map and elevation profile for sections 20-21(Hike A).
Same info for sections 22-25(Hike B).
I know, these elevation profiles make the trail look pretty freakin knarley.
As far as a date, I'm thinking beginning and ending points need to be scouted for a meeting point, shuttle parking and stuff like that first.
I don't know, is it realistic to think this hike could happen this year?
I'm also unfamiliar with weather patterns for that area this time of year. I'm sure it will be pretty cool. Haven't had enough input yet to know how people feel about that.
Anyone up for a scouting trip?
Check out the website TR42 has included, because this is one of the best ( most detailed) sites for a long unknown hike that I have come across. Really infomative. The webpage below has the elevation for the sections 19-21; http://www.simblissity.net/500000_series_06.shtml
Have a great kayak trip...
I will not be in shape for that length hike until May of 2012.
Section 34 and 35 look like a good hike too. That would be a 40 mile hike. Shuttling looks easier.
Section 35 alone would be a good 26 mile hike.
WOW! What program did you do that in?
Garmin Mapsource. I have the GPS tracks for the whole trail. Mapsource doesn't allow a screen capture within it, so I used another program called "Snagit" to capture the elevation profiles.
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