Skates Canyon #964
ElevationAscent: 350' 107 m
Descent: -134' -41 m
High: 6,480' 1,975 m
Low: 6,247' 1,904 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A relatively short backcountry out-and-back adventure into Skates Canyon.”— Christopher Bare
From here, simply follow the trail as it follows the base of the canyon and weaves across the creek bed in a gradual climb. Farther into the canyon, you are likely to encounter water. The water is generally pretty shallow but can become deeper following rain or snow.
Eventually, the doubletrack will simply end at a rock wall and you'll not be able to travel any farther. Turn around and enjoy a nice downhill hike back to the campground.
Land Manager: USFS - Gila National Forest Office