Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – Past Fierro
Since Elsa the dog was out of sorts, we didn’t want to go too far today. I told Helen about how much I enjoyed the Fierro hike and so we went over that way. She recalled an ATV ride she took in the area last spring and so off we went to explore.
I showed Helen where I hiked and then we continued on the dirt road until it got too rough for the car. We parked and geared up. We walked through a wonderful tree covered, creek meandering trail. Soon, we saw a butte to the right with gypsum showing through. Pictures attached. We walked on past the butte and up the creek. Soon it got too rugged for hiking and Helen thought she remembered there might be a lake on the far side of the butte. We came back and climbed up. We originally planned to make our way down to the box canyon and search out a lake, but it was quite a drop off. Instead, we bush wacked around the butte, Elsa leading the way most of time. We enjoyed some views while having lunch and then continued around the butte and down. Near the car, we saw a path and decided to explore. We checked out another creek and then climbed back to the car.
I was surprised and pleased that I found such a cool spot so close to home. The views, the ponderosa, the water filled creek all added to an enjoyable hike.
Fierro is definitely worth checking out – the mining history, the abandoned mines, the diverse landscape, an old cemetery and a cross on the hill that needs investigation. I look forward to more exploration of the area!
By the way, Elsa might have been sick earlier, but a hike in the woods today made her feel Go-od! She was energetic, hungry and happy! Way to suck it up, girl!
.94 miles (that’s ALL???) / 2.5 hours
20 down / 80 to go – 1/5th of the way!