100 Hikes in a Year – #50 Complete
03-30-12 – Cleveland Mine Hike
I just updated my status and this is hike #50! I’m a WOOHOO girl today! It’s all downhill from here! I’m on track to complete on time since I had a goal to complete the first 50 by April 1st. The first half of this challenge has been incredible for me. When I think back to my experiences, it’s just fantastic! The things I’ve seen, the people I’ve gotten to be with and enjoy, the sore muscles the next day, the photographs. Even the planning has been fun, asking people their suggestions, writing down directions on the back of napkins at parties, pulling hand drawn maps out of my pocket from fellow hikers’ suggestions.
A few stats: I have travelled 171 miles, and have been out for 126 hours. Cody has joined me on 34 hikes, Cisco is at 17, Marianne is at 13, and Helen is at 8. If the first half has been this interesting, I look forward to the second half like little Suzy on Christmas Eve!
Helen heard about Cleveland Mine, and I went last week and was excited to explore it more so off we went on another hike of discovery. I talked about what little info I knew and had seen before as we climbed up the road towards the mine. I showed her the tailings area and a damn and an old foundation along with a well head. We wound around to where I knew many of the structures were clustered together and we enjoyed checking out old foundations and building remains. There were also so many different rocks; we got dizzy pointing them out to each other. The road continued on and we soon came to the mine shaft (1st two photos in this post). After exploring, we decided to continue further up the road. As we did, the wide scope of the operation 100 years ago became apparent. There were MANY holes and tailings and wood pieces and metal that I got tired of taking pictures of them all! We stopped for a break in a location that had tons of holes before heading back. Honestly, it was pretty amazing, and as usual, I find I have more questions and an interest in doing some more research on the area. Must check out Google earth! This is definitely a hike I’ll take visitors to – it’s worth it!
Here is information on the Clean-up that occurred here a few years back – http://www.epa.gov/region6/6sf/pdffiles/0600952.pdf
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On a more somber note, I don’t know if you’ve heard about this runner who is missing up in the Gila Hot Springs area since Wednesday, but here is a link to his story. Basically, he went out for a run and hasn’t been seen since. It brings to light how dangerous this wilderness area can be. I hope he’s found safe….. and soon!
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4.00 miles / 3.50 hours
50 down / 50 to go
Posted on March 31, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged challenge, Gila, gold prospecting, hike, hiking, Mine, New Mexico, Pinos Altos, Silver City. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.