Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – The Big Tree Trail at Fort Bayard Game Preserve

Steve and I took the popular Big Tree trail today. It’s a nice trail that is nearby – Fort Bayard Game Preserve lays to the east of Silver City a few miles. A few mild up and down hills and meadows and a few arroyos. It was a lovely day for it – 50-60 degrees, sunny and a light breeze.

We saw a water line that ran through the trails – probably for the Fort in the good old days.

We walked 3.13 miles and it took us a scosche over 2 hours.

From the Forest Service website:

This is a scenic walk through pinon juniper setting.

The Big Juniper Tree is nationally ranked as the second largest alligator Juniper Tree. Its diameter is 70.2 in, circumference is 18 ft. 4 in, crown spread is 62 ft., and height is 63 ft. The Big Juniper Tree is located on lands previously utilized as part of the historic Fort  Bayard Military Reservation. The route to the Big Juniper Tree follows primitive roads that pass through the rolling foothills of the Pinos Altos Mountains which lie to the north.

15 down / 85 to go









The Big Juniper Tree in Fort Bayard Game Preserve













Yet another view of the Kneeling Nun









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 November 15, 2011, in Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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