Hike #64 – Little Cherry Creek – Gila National Forest

I’ve been exploring the hiking trails north of Silver City on Highway 15 and today I ended up taking a leisurely ramble along Little Cherry Creek. This is the creek that runs along Highway 15 and is fully shaded and cool, which is perfect for a hot summer’s day in the desert southwest. Previously I’ve gone south from the parking area, but never north – – so Cody and I headed out to explore the trail that parallels the highway. I had never seen the camp grounds there (Little Cherry Creek and McMillan) so I ended up checking them out along the way.

Cody and I had a relaxed hike enjoying the grasses in the first part of the hike and then clambering through the arroyo on the upper part. One of the nice things of walking something I normally ride my car through, is that I get to see things from a different perspective. At today’s angle, I enjoyed seeing several hoodoos perching far above me; something I never noticed in my car. Of course, that brings me to the negative part of this hike. Part of my enjoyment in hiking is ‘getting away from it all’ and although today’s hike was beautiful, the intermittent traffic on the highway was disappointing. But hey, I was cool and in the shade and thoroughly enjoyed the green!

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2.34 miles /23.0 hours

64 down / 36 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 June 6, 2012, in Challenge, Continental Divide, Gila National Forest, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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