2019 Gila River, NM packraft season is on!
Mar 5, 2019 at 8:15 pm #3581945Kevin BuggieBPL Member
@kbugLocale: NW New Mexico
The Gila River in southwest New Mexico is running again with boatable flows. This doesn’t happen every year, so get on it if you’ve had this wilderness shrouded gem on your list.
Flows above 200 CFM are perfect for packrafting. Currently around 450 CFM at Gila, NM with 20″ of snowpack at Silver Creek Divide (#757) snotel (ie. The river should hold boatable flows for a few weeks while this snowpack feeds the west and middle forks above the wilderness run.)
I posted a TR of a 80-ish mile float/hike round trip of the wilderness run (Gila Hotsprings down to Turkey Creek) using the Diablo Range to hike back to the put-in, in this forum 2 years ago (and due to pretty low traffic in the packraft forum, the TR is still on the most recent 25 posts front page).Mar 5, 2019 at 11:40 pm #3581972Ryan “Rudy” OuryBPL Member
@ohdogg79Locale: Central FL - Ocala NF
I’ll just toss in a quick plug for the Gila Wilderness. I lived in Santa Fe for 2.5 yr and had the chance to get down there for a couple night backpacking trip. We didn’t even get to see much but we’re still stunned at the beauty and grandness of the area. Highly recommend, if you have any inclination, to make it happen! You won’t be disappointed!
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