[Cdt-l] West Fork Gila

Larry Swearingen larry.swearingen at frontier.com
Fri Jan 17 14:18:09 CST 2014

Well I’m not there and have never been there.  I’m just passing on what the Ranger
on the scene says.
My take is that the Authorities will tent to overstate the difficulties.
He DIDN’T tell me the Middle Fork was impassable like the woman at
the Silver City Office did.  So hiking either route seems doable to me.
The Middle Fork may be more of an adventure than other routes.


From: Brett 
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 3:02 PM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net 
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] West Fork Gila

I'm not quite ready to buy the notion that only 50% of the West Fork Trail remains intact. Here is what veteran GET thru-hiker and two-time CDT thru-hiker Paul Healy had to say after hiking the West Fork this October (post-flooding events):

"I ended up doing the main GET route the whole way thru.  The west fork of the Gilla is no problem.  It may be slightly more difficult to pick up the trail tread as you cross back and forth across the river, but there are no obstacles, no excessive debris, no bad erosion.  It is pleasant walking all the way" 

Paul's a good guy with sound judgment. I take him at his word.

- Brett


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