this is a pretty easy hike and the views are only good through opening in the dense cover. However, it is very different from the rest of southern NM, and makes a good hike. The Gila wilderness is whats really cool. It is easy to spend a few days in the Gila without seeing anyone.
A few months ago I signed up for a silly half marathon called the Pikes Peak Ascent. Now I'm trying to get in shape to complete it. This turned out to be a great training run. Not too steep and a great trail. Car to car was a bit over 2 1/2 hours. Loved the wilderness and the deep forest, it's so much different than most of the rest of NM.
Very enjoyable hike through the Gila to the chilly top of Whitewater Baldy. Use trail was easy to follow from Hummingbird Saddle to the summit, and little to no snow. Storms fired up early and chased us off.