A hike through boulders, riparian area and sandy river beds.

04-02-12 – Saddle Rock Canyon Rd

Shelley has not seen the riparian area out Saddlerock Canyon Rd., so I broke out the turtleneck again today (the weather was in the 30-40’s) and we went out exploring. Steve had shown me this area a while back (see hike #34 on Jan 25); we did a loop hike that day. Today, we did an ‘up-and-return’ hike through the riparian area and on up FR 4088U. As you can see from the photographs, it’s an interesting area with boulders set precariously (aka interesting!), intermingled with sandy river beds that are great on the gluts. There are many trails and old roads to explore in this area and I look forward to many more treks to see them all!

An example of the boulders that teeter througout the protected riparian area.

The whole Burro Mountain area has the soft, sandy ground that is great for a workout. It is much different than the rocky, mountainous northern Gila area where our hazard is loose, unstable rock. The sandy areas remind me of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, a beautiful place to see!

This is the typical landscape as you head past the riparian area to the area beyond.

The water in the riparian area made us wish our dogs came along for the fun! But, errands before and obligations after, made that impossible today.

4.02 miles / 2.0 hours

52 down / 48 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 April 3, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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