Hike #78 – Meadow Creek – Off Trailing – Gila National Forest

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 – The Gila Turns Green!

Since the monsoons have come, the Gila has turned green! We are finally seeing the grasses taking over where the ground was a dust cloud a few weeks ago (don’t ask me how the ground can be a cloud – it just is!). We continue to explore Meadow Creek and each time we come back there’s more and more creek …… and more green meadow! Heading down the road looking for a trail between two mountains, we see an ATV trail that heads upwards. A short climb to the top reveals mountain views and photo opportunities. However the road ends and we’re just getting started so we decide to continue into the forest, and off trail. I have been gaining confidence in doing this (I know you experienced hikers are probably rolling your eyes at my hesitance) and feel that my GPS skills are improved enough to get us back to the car. We find that there are splendid meadows, pine trees, and rock outcroppings to explore. At one point, where we make a right turn into an arroyo, we build a small wooden arrow in the path to show us where we just came from. I know, I know, anal. If you see it out there, you can dismantle it since we never did make it back that way………

We continue on talking and burning some calories until we see a dirt path through the trees. Maybe this is the trail we’ve been hunting for. Ummmm, no, it’s the road we started on and we are practically 100 yards from the car, which is visible through the trees. Nope, not lost this time (to be honest, I thought we were wandering farther and farther into the woods and away from the road – duh!).

We’re not ready to be done and so cross over the road to the other hill and wander up and around the mountainside for a good 45 minutes again enjoying the trees, grasses, an interesting animal hidey-hole and excellent views.

Towards the end, we wind up on the dirt road heading toward the car. I still haven’t found the trail a nice man described to me a few weeks back and I’m not ready to let it go. I suggest we walk adjacent to the road but pick through the brush to see if we find a trail somewhere in there. And you know what? We found 2 trails that we want to check out – that we couldn’t see from the road – which is just 30 yards off to our right. So I learned that when you get off the beaten trail – just a little – you can find interesting things. There’s a life lesson in there somewhere.

If someone has information on Trail 89 off Meadow Creek, I would appreciate you sharing.

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3.22 miles /2.5 hours

78 down /22 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 July 17, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hike, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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