Hike #82 – Sawmill Wagon Road, Ft. Bayard Trail System

Steve and I hiked through the Fort Bayard Game Preserve, just to the east of Silver City. There are many trails throughout the area and we chose one of the northern most ones. First we wound our way through the trails near the “Big Tree” and then proceeded west onto the “Sawmill Wagon Road” Trail. Coming back, we looped onto another trail and back to the car.

This area has many junipers and scrub oak and it seemed to be slightly uphill most of the way (okay, most of the first half.). We often saw evidence of deer and elk and caught a photo of a horny toad (which seem to be out in force since the rains started). I have never hiked this trail before and it was obviously less used than the other Ft. Bayard trails. There were lots of nice views of the Geronimo Stronghold (east of the Mining District), south to Mexico, and of course  of the Twin Sisters.

I’m proud to say, I passed the 300 mile mark today – 300.88 cumulative –WooHoo!

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6.44 miles /2.5 hours

82 down /18 to go


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 27, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hike, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Oooo, congrats on your lovely round number!

  2. Why is one of your photos entitled Geronimo’s stronghold?

  3. Thank you for replying. I assume that you are referring to the bluff on the right which is called Geronimo mountain?

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