Length: 3 miles one-way
Closest Town: Silver City
Directions: From the Visitors Center parking lot, turn north onto N. Hudson Street. Turn left onto US-180 on 14th Street. At the second stop light, turn right onto Little Walnut Road. Continue on Little Walnut Road for 5 miles. At the fork in the road, turn left, staying on Little Walnut Road. Continue for 1 mile and turn left when you come to Owens Road, staying on Little Walnut Road. Continue for one more mile. Little Walnut Road turns into North Fork Walnut Creek Road. There are parking options on either side of the road.
USGS 7.5 quadrangle: Silver City; CDTC Mapset: Map 027, Section NM07.
For More Information:
Gila National Forest’s Silver City Ranger District: (575) 388-8201.
This trail offers an easy opportunity to experience the CDT. There are a few spots that are a bit rocky and a couple short uphills, but overall this section of the CDT is a good hike for any skill level. Heading north on the CDT, you will find a green gate about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. This is a great place to enjoy the view and stop for a snack!
Cover photo by Johnny Carr.