A hike in the Burro Mountains of New Mexico

3-21-12 – Burro Mountain Homestead Rd. to FR 4249G

I am making a conscious effort to do some hikes south of Silver City where it is warmer right now. As the summer comes on, I’ll be switching to going north into the mountains where it will be cooler. Besides, it snowed on Monday (what???) and north of the city would be icy and cold.

Helen on our hike. That's the Tyrone Mine Tailings in the distance.

 

Helen and I set out with four-legged companions Cody and Elsa to explore side roads off of Burro Mountain Homestead Rd. Helen told me a little history of how it came to be. Apparently, friends of Teddy Roosevelt came out here for rest. This area is known for being good for tuberculosis patients. They built the homestead and lived here. There is now a rather pleasant RV ranch nestled amongst the trees. The CD trail also comes through this area as does many Forest Roads.

 

That's snow from Monday - can you see Jack's Peak through the trees?

 

The sandy, soft trail meandered through junipers, scrub oak and eventually pine trees. Although there were not many long range views, it was a pleasant hike. We periodically stopped to identify tracks in the soft earth. Turkey, deer, horse and cattle – not to mention 2 happy dogs!

 

 

Cody and I loving the Pine trees!

 

 

4.08 miles / 2.25 hours

46 down / 54 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 March 21, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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