Little Creek Trail #161

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Waterfall on Little Creek Trail 161

This trail provides a connecting route to remote parts of the wilderness.

Little Creek is a long, shallow valley with open grassy parks and stands of ponderosa pine. The valley is wide enough to offer privacy for camping away from the trail. At it's upper end, about 10.5 miles, Trail 161 junctions with Trail 155 which provides access to upper Turkey Creek or to the southern expanse of McKenna Park by crossing over the Diablo Range. Trail 150, at the saddle between Little Creek and Turkey Creek goes to the top of Granite Peak and offers a panorama of the Gila Wilderness. The Little Creek Trail 161, Turkey Creek Trail 155, and Miller Springs Trail 159 can be linked to make a 3 to 4 day loop trip.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Toilets,Parking
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Silver City, NM
Water: Stream, Spring. Water quality is not tested. It is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water
Restroom: Vault (see below)
Information Center: Wilderness Ranger District
Phone: (575) 536-2250 or (575) 536-9461

General Information

General Notes:

Little Creek Trail #161 – In 2019 four (4) miles was logged with some retread and lopping form the junction with #789 to the junction with #155. In 2020 eight (8) miles was logged from the junction with #160 to the junction with #155. This trail can be part of a variety of loop hike options or as access to the large area of the Gila Wilderness.The 160 trail head, the connecting trail to 161, is at TJ Corral. There are chemical toilets, corrals, and plenty of parking for hikers and horse trailers.

Closest Stores:
Silver City is 43 miles from the trail head and provides auto services, gas, groceries, lodging, restaurants, and shopping

Connecting Trails:  160 (area is unavailable)  155  159


Follow NM Hwy 15 north from Silver City to the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. Trail 161 has no trail head at the road and must be hiked to via Trail 160. The 160 trail head is at TJ Corral about one mile before the entry station to the Cliff Dwellings. It's about a 4.25 mile hike from the 160 trail head to Trail 161 in Little Creek. The travel time to the 160 trail head is 1 hour, 45 min.



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Horse Riding

TJ Corral is nearby at the trailhead for Trail #160.

Status: Open


Toilets Chemical toilet at nearby trailhead 160.
Parking There is plenty of parking for hikers and those with horse trailers at nearby trailhead 160.
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
10.5 Miles

  Elevation : 
6360 - 7240