Hike #66 – Tadpole Ridge, Gila National Forest, New Mexico
Mary Ann and I headed up Highway 15 and hiked Tadpole Ridge this morning. A few people have mentioned that this is one of their favorite hikes and as I rise up to the ridge, I start to understand why. The views, at first, peak through the trees. Then, as we reach higher, we start getting clear long range views to knock your socks off. There is a fire scorched section, which is sad to see and there are ferns in place of the trees. Even though it’s a well travelled path, we don’t meet anyone the whole way. The darn thing will go over 8 miles up to Sheep Canyon Corral Rd, but we only make it about 2 miles up and then head back. After the first mile or so, the trail evens out and hugs the side of the ridge. It’s nicely shaded with large pine trees.
It was fascinating to see the long distances, see where there were previous fires, an interesting large patch of light green among a deep green mountainside, a view of Signal Peak and down to the Burro Mountains and Tyrone Mine.
3.75 miles /3.0 hours
66 down / 34 to go
Posted on June 11, 2012, in Challenge, Continental Divide, Gila National Forest, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged challenge, Gila, Gila Wilderness, hike, hiking, hoodoo, New Mexico, Pinos Altos, Silver City, Southwest. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.