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.

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3.75 miles /3.0 hours

66 down / 34 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 11, 2012, in Challenge, Continental Divide, Gila National Forest, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Great pics! Such gorgeous views

  2. Linda:

    I especially enjoyed the image of the horned lizard!

  3. Silver City Anne

    Glad you got to Tadpole Ridge — definitely one of my favorites. You got some great pics.

  4. I wish I could have gone farther – all the way to Sheep’s Corral – maybe I should park one car at top and another at bottom and walk down the whole way!

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