3.7 miles
Distance
142 ft
Climb
-1,163 ft
Descent
2 miles
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Aeroplane Mesa Details

  • Activities
    • Horse
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    Mountain Biking not recommended or allowed.
  • Riding Area
    Gila Wilderness
    Silver City, New Mexico
  • Ref Number
    #705
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Season
    Spring to early winter. Depends on snowfall amounts on the access roads.
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Land Owner
    USFS

This trail offers mountain vistas and beautiful, high-elevation, open grasslands with stands of ponderosa pine.

Trail #705 descends the grassy, southern slopes of the Loco Mountain and traverses mesa The gently rolling, open grassland and distant mountain vistas offer a tempting invitation to wander across this beautiful countryside. Stands of ponderosa pine occur in canyons and on hilltops and provide shelter for the elk herds that favor this open country. At the end of the mesa, the trail descends 500 feet into the canyon of the Middle Fork]. This is an excellent trail for access to this upper segment of the river.

Trail #705 connects with the Middle Fork Trail #157 which follows the length of the river from Snow Lake to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. It also connects with the Trotter Trail #30 which leads to the West Fork

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Access Info

from Silver City: Take Highway 180 west out of Silver City to the junction with Highway 12. Turn right on Highway 12 to Reserve NM. At Reserve turn right on Highway 435 which turns into Forest Road 141. From here on out, follow signs to Snow Lake. Follow Forest Road 141 to Forest Road 159 (also Labeled Bursum Rd) where you will turn right (south). Do NOT turn off on the 153 road which turns into forest road 180. Do NOT take a sharp left on to Loco Mtn road even if google maps tells you to. Stay on the main road until you come to a 3-way intersection.
Take the Snow Lake Rd (left), 6.1 miles, following sign to Snow Lake and Dipping Vat Campground. This road travels across a wide-open mesa top and then drop down into the valley. You will see snow lake and the campground to the south. There is a junction just before snow lake - turn left here. It is labeled Snow Lake Road with a green road sign.
You will travel on this road. In 4.2 miles, you will arrive at the Areoplane Mesa Campground

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More Stats for Aeroplane Mesa multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,021 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,994 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,018 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,998 ft
  • Grade
    -5.3%
  • Grade max
    -45.6%
  • Grade min
    51.4%
  • Distance climb
    1,476 ft
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    620 ft
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      Mar 16, 2024 @ 12:19pm
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      Jan 18, 2024 @ 11:18am
      Jan 18, 2024
      be slippery or muddy- - Take care!
      Jan 15, 2024 @ 8:52pm
      Jan 15, 2024
      reporter This trail was logged and partial brushed in spring of 2023. Trail is still rocky in places
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