August 2013 – Meadow Creek
Name: Meadow Creek
Directions: Starting at the intersection of Hwy. 15 and 32nd Street in Silver City, drive 13.5 miles north on Hwy. 15 (aka Pinos Altos Road, aka PA Road). On your right, you will see a Forest sign saying, “Meadow Creek 3 Miles.” Turn right (you will see signage stating this is “149”) and drive up a well-maintained dirt road for 2.2 miles. On your right, at the bottom of the hill you just came down, you will see a small dirt road. Pull in and park. There are several parking spots there.
Hike Description: Walk along the side dirt road for about three-tenths of a mile, where the road ends and a trail begins. This is a perfect hike for a hot summer day. It is heavily shaded with many large trees. You will enjoy identifying the wide variety of flora along this moist, cool creek. Although the path climbs a few hundred feet in altitude, it is a gentle, easy rise. Expect to see water in the creek at most times of year along with several seeps/springs. There are cattle on this land, so be careful if you’re hiking with pets.
Notes: The area around Meadow Creek is interesting to explore. At some point up the main road, you will have to park and start your hike from there; the creek and boulders make it too difficult to drive over (except for those “monster trucks” — you guys just go ahead and drive on up!). Enjoy checking out the old Boy Scout camp up the road, and other trails off of the main road. If you want more information about this area, check out my blog (100hikesinayear.wordpress.com) entries in the months of June and July 2012. I spent a bunch of time writing about Meadow Creek trails (specifically, entries titled: Hike #69, 71, 73, 77, 78, 84).
Helpful Hint: Even though this particular hike has a water source, many local trails do not. When hiking in a desert environment, water can be very hard to find. If stuck, try digging a hole in an arroyo, place a collection container at the bottom, and place a plastic bag over the hole. Secure with rocks. Place a stone in the middle of the plastic bag. Condensation will build in the hole and collect on the bag and drip into the container. Another option is to tie a bag around a leafy tree branch. Overnight, it may collect condensation.
May I suggest that bringing more water than you need is an even more helpful hint. As an exercise, I attempted the two suggestions above for water collection. I learned that these collected only a small amount of water and I probably expended more sweat digging the hole than I collected water. What I describe above is VERY DIFFICULT and will only produce small amounts of water. Carrying extra water is so much easier!
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Posted on February 7, 2014, in Gila National Forest, Hike, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest and tagged Gila, Gila Wilderness, hike, hiking, Meadow Creek, New Mexico, Pinos Altos, Silver City, Southwest. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.