Don’t pee into the wind! A hike around Boston Hill.

03-18-12 – Boston Hill Trail System


High winds and a storm front entering the area compelled us to walk close to home today. We explored the Boston Hill Area of Silver City. This is an in-town green space that consists of many trails winding in and out of old mining ruins. For more information and a history, I encourage you to check out these links:,q2ujz


A view of where mining was done a century ago.

We parked on Market Street near Highway 90. There is a small parking lot and an Information Kiosk at this trail head. The numbered signs along the way help you through the labyrinth of trails. We generally walked the perimeter and then crossed through the middle at the halfway mark. It’s a nice trail for seeing the entire area. At various spots you can see the Gila Forest, the Burro Mountains, Highway 180, Highway 90, the university, the Kneeling Nun, “W” Mountain, every neighborhood in a 50 mile radius, not to mention interesting abandoned mines, and an area that was recently burned. We enjoyed all this while discussing the changes in women through the past 50 years. I certainly find these conversations interesting and cathartic. As we walk the maze of trails, I untangle my own maze of issues.

At one point, as the wind was howling, I had to go to the bathroom. Before I disappeared behind a bush, the girls called out to me, “Don’t pee into the wind”. Now, that’s just good advice for a happier life, right there!


That's me and Cody with the Burro Mountains in the background.

4.73 miles / 2.25 hours

45 down / 55 to go


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 March 18, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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