Little Blue Creek Trail #41

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This trail starts on Alma Mesa at the Arizona-New Mexico state line. The upper end of Alma Mesa is very open with spectacular 360-degree views.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: April through December
Restrictions: This trail is in the Blue Range Primitive Area so no motorized or mechanized use is permitted.
Information Center: Clifton Ranger District
(928) 687-8600
TTY: (928) 687-1807

General Information

Directions: From US Highway 180 in Alma, New Mexico (just north of Glenwood) turn west at the Alma Mesa sign. This will be just north of the bridge. Upon crossing the river (do not cross when flooded) , take Forest Road 104 to the right up the river bottom. It will eventually turn west toward Alma Mesa and a junction with Forest Road 711. Continue west on FR 711 until it approaches and then parallels the fence. The trail starts near here at a walk-through gate.
General Notes:

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This trail starts on Alma Mesa at the Arizona-New Mexico state line. The upper end of Alma Mesa is very open with spectacular 360-degree views. About a mile from the trailhead you will pass a grazing permit holder cabin called either Stateline or Alma Mesa Cabin.

After traveling about 8.5 miles you exit the narrow canyon and reach Bear Valley. This is a popular campsite with a corral and good spring water. Remains of an old cabin are nearby and signs of pre-historic use can also be found. Visitors are asked to look but not touch the artifacts.

About 2 miles after the trail leaves Bear Valley it begins to climb steeply through some rocky switchbacks to the top of the Mogollon Rim. At this point you can see the trail junction with the WS Lake Trail #54. Just west of here a steep climb to the fire lookout on Bear Mountain can be very rewarding with excellent views. The trail ends at the junction with the Largo Trail #51.

Trail Log:

  • 0.0 New Mexico state line fence and gate
  • 1.0 Stateline and cabin, well and corral
  • 4.0 Steady climb to 6800 feet
  • 5.5 Junction with Yam Canyon and Little Blue Creek
  • 7.0 Canyon forks; fence and gate
  • 7.9 Junction with Bear Valley Trail #55. Entering Bear Valley
  • 10.2 Trail leaves Little Blue Creek
  • 10.4 Fence and gate
  • 10.7 Junction with WS Lake Trail #54 in Alpine Ranger District

USGS Maps: Blue - 303SE, 303SW

Elevation desc6,000 feet to 6,800 feet
Best Season: April through December
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
10.7 miles

  Latitude : 
33.345

  Longitude : 
-109.057

  Elevation : 
6,000 feet - 6,800 feet

 



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