Hike #89 – Gila National Forest – FR 4257H to FR 3131

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 – Highway 15 to Mile Marker 16

As I type in “Hike #89” above, I’m tickled that I have 11 left! I keep checking my calendar that I’m on track, and then double checking. The hiker’s neuroses (or is that neurosi?).

Sharon and I saw a bunch of side roads off Highway 15 since we’ve been driving it regularly now. So today we drove to an area that had several side roads – Mile Marker 16 (is that like Area 51???).  We see a Forest Service Marker 4257H and head up the hill. There is one road to the left and one to the right. We take the left one which goes upward about 300 yards and then loops directly back onto itself. Alrighty, we’ll take the one to the right then.  This one goes up and down several ravines and has lots of pine trees and grasses. We pass two stock tanks and start understanding who’s using this road the most: ranchers. We laugh at a couple of possible slips in the mud that could have been more dirty than funny; it’s been raining regularly for several days.

This trail heads north and eventually come out at Sheep Corral Canyon Road. It is well shaded with many pine trees and tall grasses making it green. There is one area that has huge boulders and one has a pretty sheer cliff face. We decide that we should check it out for Indian activity. But when we walk around it, we realize the rock is somewhat soft and if there were any pictographs, they’ve sloughed off long ago. On top of the boulder, we see round circular patterns that we think have to do with Indians, but it’s hard to tell. What do you think?

On the way back we see many tiny horny toads in the path; the rains must have brought them out. We see about 10 of them!

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5.24 Miles / 3.75 Hours

89 down /11 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 August 23, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hike, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Lots of horny toads, eh? I imagine that they are hatchlings … young of the year. Very cute, aren’t they?

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