Annual Mirasol Camping Trip to the Gila Wilderness
September 17-19, 2019
It was just our annual Mirasol camping trip to the Gila Wilderness, but the world's first wilderness area never disappoints! Water was high and
the forest was awash in summer wildflowers.
Our last hike to Lightfeather Hot Springs was in 2013, and all I remember is a trail through scratchy thigh-high brush to
a couple of bubbly mud puddles. But the Gila has recovered remarkably well from wildfires that swept through the area in 2012. The Middle Fork
Gila River trail was a narrow path through chest-high sunflowers. After the second stream crossings for the first time we found dippable hot pools!
Pictographs near Lower Scorpion Campground
Sunflowers on the beach at Forks Campground
The Gila Cliff Dwellings
I have visited the cliff dwellings dozens of times, but I never ever tire of them!
Climbing down the scary ladder