Hike #71 – Meadow Creek Road Hike – Gila National Forest

If you drive up Highway 15 for a few (somewhere between 13 and 16) miles, you will see a sign for Meadow Creek on the right. There is a good dirt road which my Rav-4 could drive up for several miles, and then the road starts getting “brave 4-wheel driver” on you. This is a pleasant area, and in this June heat, pleasant means shady. There are a variety of side trails off the road that I plan on exploring in the future. Today, Lucy and I walked the road which wound down to the creek which had water in it. There was plenty of green grasses in the moisture and Cody enjoyed splashing a bit. At one point, we saw an area which had standing, dead trees; it must have been a past burned area.

 

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Between reading “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson and “Fire Story” by Phil Connors, I’ve been thinking a lot about the human/wilderness connection. Recently, when Pamela and I were hiking, we got talking about humans’ place in the animal kingdom. She talked about having guilt at what some humans did to nature. I kinda feel like we’re part of nature and what we do in nature is part of the process too (to a reasonable degree). Maybe we shouldn’t stop the extinction of animals; it’s part of the cycle. In the book, “Fire Season” Phil Connors was talking about the affect of grazing on the wilderness areas. The cattle grazed and caused certain negatives like erosion, trampling of delicate riparian areas and such. Wolves are killed for killing the cattle. If there are not as many wolves, then there is an explosion of the deer population which affects the vegetation. And this cycle made me think about what is right. No one correct answer; no one correct solution.

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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 27, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hike, Hiking, Indian, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow, you are starting to sound like a tree-hugging greenie! Nice.

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