Hike #68 – Little Cherry Creek, Gila National Forest, Silver City, NM
I’ve heard of people hiking the Little Cherry Creek area, even foraging for eatables. I noticed a handmade sign at the entrance saying “Little Cherry Creek Ranch”. All these years, I thought the road was a driveway. So when Mary Ann pointed it out last week and said it’s her favorite hike, I looked forward to exploring it. And so early on a cool Sunday morning, Dora, Mary Ann, Cody and I pulled in and set out up the road. We were immediately met with views of hoodoos and distant bluffs through the trees. We walked through low areas near the creek and then as the road rose up, large rock faces made the road a 3 sided tunnel. The temperature was noticeable cooler. Ponderosas made their appearance along with foliage of unexpected kinds including poison ivy (careful peeing girls!), oak trees (more like bushes) and watercress.
After the first mile or so, the road takes a sharp turn left towards the ranch and the trail continues straight into the woods and along the creek. I can see why it’s Mary Ann’s favorite hike. It has interesting views, the forest is diverse, and the trail is pleasant and not too difficult. Along with an interesting hike, the conversation was provocative. At the end, we decided that the world leaders should go on a hike and talk it out. If three women in the woods of New Mexico can listen to each other’s views, surely the World leaders can do so too! Might work for our government too.
I have to end this blog now because I squatted in the woods and I have to do a poison ivy check, if you know what I mean.
4.64 miles /4.0 hours
68 down / 32 to go
Posted on June 19, 2012, in CD Trail, Challenge, Continental Divide, Gila National Forest, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged CD Trail, challenge, Continental Divide, desert, Gila, Gila Wilderness, hike, hiking, hoodoo, New Mexico, Pinos Altos, Ranch, riparian, Silver City, Southwest. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.