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Just spent the dayh hanging out around Gila Cliff Dwellings N.M. north of Silver City N>M. Lots of hikers, bikers, campers. Weather great and expected to hold for another week. Great opportunity to get into the Gila Wilderness. Get 'packin.
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Water?

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I'd like to swing by this weekend but I live in Georgia.

What kind of conditions might be expected in say, early May?    Scorcho Grande?
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I'll be there soon enough after cleaning up from my Arizona MTB trip.  Hear the major forks of the Gila are knee-deep at most but no guarantees on the rest of the water sources.  Kind of works for me in March but not sure about the rest of the late spring/early summer.

That, and the ease at which I could find ground while snowshoeing, is telling me it's going to be a long hot summer unless there's some more spring showers (note: northern NM can be different than southern NM).  Hope there are no more catastrophic fires.


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I think I'm heading there in about a week.

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Just a heads up having just gotten back: the Middle Fork is "doable" but now has a pretty fast current at many stream crossings due to snowmelt from last year's burnt slopes.  So turbid, can't see into the water so hikers need to feel around while planting hiking poles - all while fighting the current.  Most major side creeks into the fork are running clear water (still treat, of course) but use a coffee filter to pre-filter Middle Fk. water since there's a lot of ash that will clog your filter real quick.  A little ash in the West Fork too.

The mesas between all the forks are dry as far as we could tell.


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Thank you so much for the report!

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