The first 2.3 miles of the Whitewater Trail is better known as the Catwalk National Recreation Trail. The trail follows Whitewater Creek from the lower canyon to the main 10,000-foot ridge of the Mogollon Mountains. The vertical ascent along this distance is over one mile. Good, year-round water is available along most of the trail. A permanent spring is located at Hummingbird Saddle. Excellent opportunities exist for the backcountry traveler to observe the major life zones of the Gila Wilderness along the Whitewater Trail. Riparian deciduous forests and semi-desert brush of the lower creek blend into the pinyon-juniper communities and lead to the evergreen forests and aspen groves of the high country.
Directions: Drive north of Silver City on U.S. 180 to Glenwood (65 miles). Cross Whitewater Creek at the north end of town and turn right on State Road 174 (old 95). Proceed five miles to Whitewater Picnic Ground.
TRAIL BEGINS: 5,100 Ft. Elev. At the Whitewater Picnic Ground.
TRAIL ENDS: l0,400 Ft. Elev. At Hummingbird Saddle.
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