Sunday, October 16, 2011 – Turkey Creek

How is it that I’ve lived here for 11 years (anniversary on the 18th) and have never gotten to  Turkey Creek? So many people have mentioned it. I’ve heard it’s beautiful.

Today I walked it with Marianne, Julian and Lynn (and Orfa too!) and it was wonderful!! To get there you went from Intestate to highway to blacktop to dirt road to unimproved road to trail. The drive there offered many vistas and exciting turns (Julian can drive fast on some of the curves!).

The hiking trail meanders along the Gila River. We were up to our thighs on several of the river crossings. Marianne and I actually held hands’ crossing a few times as the current was stronger than we expected. The weather was cool and sunny. A beautiful October day. We saw some stunning rock cliffs and formations. At times it reminded me of upstate New York or western Jersey trails due to the large trees, lush greenery and running water.

Frank told me of a rescue he did out there of a guy who broke his ankle/foot and had to be brought out by mule. Four of the rescue team were on horseback and had to sleep out one night in order to reach him and his group. It took the guy four hours to go about a mile. Then when they got him on mule, the last 4 miles took about an hour.

I loved this hike and look forward to exploring more of the trails in the area!

We estimated we went about 4-5 miles. We were hiking for about 3 hours. I used the camel water system and liked that a lot. It was easy to get a drink at any time.

It occurs to me that some of the conversations we have really add to the hike and the enjoyment of the day. Either laughing or getting philosophical or just get caught up on each others’ lives really adds to the relaxation and fun of it all.

5 down / 95 to go.

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About Gila Hiker

First I hiked 100 different trails in a year, now I write a monthly article in Desert Exposure about a local hike. Come on out to Silver City..... and bring your hiking gear!

Posted on October 16, 2011, in Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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