November 2013 – Sheep Corral Canyon Rd – FR 3131F+G
Name: Sheep Corral Canyon Road — Forest Road 3131F/G
Directions: Starting at the intersection of Hwy. 15 and 32nd Street in Silver City, drive 15.9 miles north on Hwy. 15 (aka Pinos Altos Road, aka PA Road). On the left is Sheep Corral Canyon Road. There is a brown highway sign to show you where it is. Drive up this dirt road. At the 3.2-mile mark, pull over and park where you see the brown Forest Service marker reading, “3131F.” If you park on the left, the trail is on your right. Do not go over the cattle guard for this hike.
Hike Description: Your hike begins on 3131F. After just a minute or two of walking, the trail/road turns into 3131G (on your right). Enjoy a shaded hike through pine trees, along a creek with interesting boulder and rock formations. At approximately the 1.18-mile mark, you will meet the intersection of Trail 876 on your left. For this hike, stay to the right, on 3131G. You will soon meet Sheep Corral Canyon Road. You may either turn around at this point, make it a loop hike by walking on Sheep Corral Canyon Road, or go back and explore Trail 876, which also comes out onto Sheep Corral Canyon Road.
Notes: Sheep Corral Canyon Road is a well-maintained road but can be a bit rough in spots. As you explore farther up, it gets rougher still. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for the rough spots. There are many, many trails to investigate up and down Sheep Corral Canyon Road.
Helpful Hint: I know there are lots of positives to hiking alone; there are also negatives. Hiking with a buddy increases safety. If you get hurt, dehydrated, lost or stuck, having someone with you increases the possibility of positive results.
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