Gila River Loop

Get to a sandy beach on this loop that takes you to the Gila River.

Total Miles
21.1

Elevation

824.67 ft

Duration

4 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring/Fall

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Trail Overview

You'll like this fun little loop that's especially nice when the river is flowing. The bulk of the trail is comprised of sandy washes, but there's a portion that's rocky and challenging along the river around South Butte. Cool things to see include an old stone cabin in ruins and a railroad trestle. If you're camping, there is a boulder-encircled site, as well as a large staging area at the trailhead. You'll need a State Trust Land permit for this one.

Difficulty

Moderate: The washes are easy, but the stretch between Waypoints 04 and 07 is narrow in spots with very tight brush. One rocky descent has a big ledge to drop down, but a high clearance SUV with experienced driver should be able to handle it.

Technical Rating

5

Access Description

From Florence, head south on Highway 79 about a mile and turn east (left) on Florence-Kelvin Highway. Pavement ends after 12.5 miles. Continue another 3.6 miles to Cochran Road on left.