Gomez Peak Hike – Gila National Forest

5-6-12 – The Classic Gomez Peak Trail

A cackle of cacti on the path

More than likely, every activity has its’ classic. Italian cooking has tomato sauce; bike racing has The Tour De France. Well, hiking near Silver City has Gomez Peak…..and that’s the trail we hit on Sunday morning. There is a whole easy-to-follow signed trail system, a bulletin board of information, a large rentable picnic area with gazebo, abundant parking and bathrooms. We aimed for the trail that leads us to the peak and set out for a lovely walk that began through tall trees and shaded paths. The trail begins just 5 miles north of town and so we expected to meet people along the way. I kept the leash nearby and we greeted two groups of hikers during the 2.45 hour trip.

 

An Agave with a shoot coming up – I want to see that in a few days when it blooms!

 

Me and Cody with Bear Mountain in the background

 

This hike is doable in 1.5 – 2 hours if you don’t stop often for photo ops, and don’t sit up top gabbing for half an hour. But with the views we saw, sitting and enjoying them is part of the experience…. And we’re females; we had important stuff to talk about!

What is this foundation on top for? Does anyone know?

 

The monastery and the mountains.

 

The trail switch-backs its’ way up the sides of the cone shaped mountain, first with stunning views to the north, then the south, all the while climbing upwards. The final portion is a staircase (thanks to the trail maintenance people!) that resembles the climb that Frodo and Sam took before meeting Shelob the spider.  Gomez’ trek isn’t as scary though! We are rewarded with a summit rest and 360 views.

 

A view of “The Kneeling Nun”

 

Silver City from the peak

 

I couldn’t resist stopping on the way home to take a photograph of today’s accomplishment.

 

I plan to come back and explore some of the lower trails – there are nice trails that stay in the shade and trees that I want to get to know.

 

3.35 miles / 2.45 hours

59 down / 41 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 May 7, 2012, in CD Trail, Challenge, Desert, Gila National Forest, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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