Continental Divide Trail: Arrastre Site to FR 149, NM

Snag a taste of some of the country's darkest skies on this 14.6 miles overnight shuttle hike in the Gila National Forest.
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Snag a taste of some of the country's darkest skies on this 14.6 miles overnight shuttle hike in the Gila National Forest.

From the Arrastre Site, a defunct mine north of Silver City, hike northeast 7.5 miles through ponderosa to camp on an 8,800-foot ridge near 9,029-foot Black Peak. After dark, whip out your binoculars and find the double star cluster near Cassiopeia or the nebulae in Orion's belt. Next morning, continue into the drainage of Meadow Creek, and in roughly seven miles, hit FR 89. Hike it 1.5 miles to FR 149 to reach your car. (Part of New Mexico Segment 8)

-GPS data via Bear Creek Survey and Gila National Forest

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 23.4

Waypoints

CDT001

Location: 32.886314, -108.226997

Begin at the Arrastre Site trailhead. This is the start of Segment 8 of the New Mexico section of the CDT. At first, the trail follows an old mining road.

CDT002

Location: 32.88323, -108.22455

Follow road left.

CDT003

Location: 32.884744, -108.22088

Stay left at the intersection

CDT004

Location: 32.887083, -108.205686

Stay right

CDT005

Location: 32.882269, -108.202471

Left

CDT006

Location: 32.898411, -108.175352

Stay straight.

CDT007

Location: 32.898963, -108.174651

Stay straight at the intersection with the wagon road trail.

CDT008

Location: 32.908552, -108.161766

Overlook on the southern flank of Black Peak. Start looking for campsites along this ridge.

CDT009

Location: 32.918847, -108.164494

Trail brushes with FR 154

CDT010

Location: 32.919897, -108.13857

Pass through a gate.

CDT011

Location: 32.922544, -108.135267

Follow road straight (northeast) past the Allie Canyon Trail.

CDT012

Location: 32.92418, -108.127603

Gate

CDT013

Location: 32.926662, -108.126155

Overlook

CDT014

Location: 32.947033, -108.1515

Turn left (northwest) at the junction with FR 89 to leave the CDT and head towards your shuttle car.

CDT015

Location: 32.954485, -108.170745

Pick up your shuttle car at FR 149.