Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Hummingbird Saddle Trail #182 South

Lynn, Julian, and I (along with the ever ready Orfa), rode out past the ghost town of Mogollon to hike the trail Julian took last week with his friends. He claimed the aspens made for a beautiful hike and I, being from the northeast, wanted to see and smell some leaves.

Orfa enjoying the trail

The town of Mogollon is a little enclave of buildings built in the late 1800’s  around a mining business. Now there are a few people living a quiet life there. To check out more information, go to this website:

http://www.mogollonenterprises.com/history.html

We parked in the Sandy Point parking lot that the forest service maintains along with a bathroom (thank you guys!). The trail was greatly in the shade of large pine trees. I was surprised that there were so many trees down on the ground. I wonder if back east they are picked up more frequently. As you’ll see in the photos, there are lots of dead trees.

Another interesting aspect of the hike was the plane wreck. Julian had already done this trail the week before so he mentioned it. A pilot friend of mine did some homework and we found out that the plane was from a 2007 accident where the pilot had stolen the plane and crashed it here. Did a fine job of killing himself, his passenger, and part of the forest. It was interesting to explore. You could see the path where the plane came into the forest, shearing off the tops of some trees on his way to the ground. Check out the story at: http://www.planecrashmap.com/plane/nm/N28836

The Path through the trees that the plane took

Well, the hike was great; we went about 5 miles. Took 3 hours and 45 minutes. It was freezing there; when we got out of the car at 11:00, it was 44 degrees. The altitude at the parking lot was approximately 9500. Time to start adding layers (and gloves, and wool hats, etc) to these hikes!

 

Here is a map that shows where we went.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 down / 92 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 27, 2011, in Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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