Deloche and Winn Canyon Trail #179

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Scenic Overlook from Deloche and Winn Canyon Trail 179

This is a high elevation trail (approximately 7,080 feet) that leads to Whitewater Creek. This trail is NOT recommended for traversing.

Massive washout due to flooding after Whitewater-Baldy Fire. Huge washouts that cannot be crossed and some extremely loose soil and rocks.

The trail follows Deloche Canyon and then tops out on the ridge overlooking Whitewater Creek. The trail then descends down into creek. Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir are abundant near the canyon bottom. Travel along Trail 207 for 1/2 mile and continue the 179 trail to Spider Saddle. Pockets of aspen and dense mixed conifer line the trail.

Good camping sites at confluence of trail 179 and 207. The trail down to Whitewater Creek is on south-facing slope and can be very hot especially in the afternoon. Winn Canyon climbs abruptly with numerous switchbacks to Spider Saddle.

At a Glance

Permit Info:  Fishing licenses are required.  
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Mogollon, NM
Water: Stream nearby. Water quality is not tested. It is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water.
Information Center: Glenwood Ranger District
Phone: (575)539-2481

General Information


Parking is limited at the trailhead.

General Notes:

Whitewater Creek is perennial at this elevation. Water quality is not tested; therefore, it cannot be guaranteed to be drinkable. No cell phone coverage in this area. The trail down to Whitewater Creek is on south-facing slope and can be very hot especially in the afternoon.

Closest Stores:
The closest town is Glenwood (10 miles). Services available include lodging, gas, food, phone. Alma is 10 miles away with gas, diesel, phone.

Connecting Trails:  207 (area is unavailable)  181 (area is unavailable)  212 (area is unavailable)


Drive north from Silver City to Glenwood via Highway 180, then another 3 miles to junction with Hwy 159 to town of Mogollon. Trailhead approximately 1.6 miles past town of Mogollon. The parking lot is gone and parking is very limited.



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This difficult high elevation trail runs from Bursum Road to Spider Saddle and leads into Whitewater Creek. Parking is limited at trailhead.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
8 Miles

  Elevation : 
7000 - 9400