Hike #91 – Gila National Forest – Burro Mountains – Silby Road

The Louisiana Street Hiker’s Club

In a small town, you know most people through 3 different connections. Today’s hiking pals are such people. 1) I first met Liz and Joe through the Coldwell Banker office when they had us manage their rentals. 2) When Frank and I bought a triplex on Louisiana Street, we found out that Liz and Joe lived on one side of our building and owned a rental on the other side of our building. We were neighbors, kind of. 3) At the beginning of the year, a friend invited us to dinner and who was there? Liz and Joe!

So when I ran into Liz last week, she expressed interest in joining me on one of my 100 hikes. She is recovering from Hip Replacement surgery and was ready to get back to hiking. Which brings us to today’s hike. Although Liz is in great shape (she teaches aerobics and other classes), she wanted her first hike to be fairly level and of easier exertion.  I thought the Burro Mountain Homestead area might be in store. We could walk on the road, if necessary, or take one of the many side trail/forest roads. Me, Joe, Liz and Cody packed up the car and headed out.

When we reached Silby Road, we parked and headed out. The road quickly forked onto an old Forest Road, and we chose to head uphill on the smaller FR trail. The landscape was beautiful, with rolling hills, long-range views, interesting boulders and the occasional ranch fence line. I also saw two signs that I’ve never seen anywhere else: “No Shooting. Occupied Area. 150 Yards”. And another that said: “Fire Rescue Route” Those are 2 signs that hold important information! Thank you!

Towards the end of the hike, we ended up back on the road and a nice gentleman hauling a saddled horse stopped for a chat. He gave us some ideas of some cool hikes in the area. Thank you sir! We’ll be back again!

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3.89 Miles / 2.0 Hours

91 down /9 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 August 28, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hike, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Did you see any bucks while hiking this area? I’m on the hunt later in the year!

  2. Not there, but I just got back from Hwy 15, between MM 16 and 19 and I saw a few in there. I’ll be posting an entry in the next few hours.

  3. It looks as if you had a beautiful area for your hike. I’ve never seen those ‘Occupied Area’ signs, but we could use some of them around here.

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