December 2013 – Sheridan Corral Trail #181

Distance: Various
Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult
Directions: Beginning at the intersection of Hwy. 90 and Hwy. 180 West in Silver City, drive west on Hwy. 180 for 51.9 miles. On your right, you will see a dirt road labeled CO54 (it is just after the Aldo Leopold turnoff, which is on the left). Turn right onto CO54 and drive 3.8 miles to the end. You will see a Trailhead marker and other Forest Service signs there.

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  Hike Description: This trail is well worth the drive. You will enjoy amazing views, a pleasant walk along Sheridan Gulch and a section of the 2012 burn area. When you first get on the trail, you will see a sign that says, “Trail not maintained difficult to find.” You will experience sections of loose, slippery rock and erosion of trail. A few spots have loose rock along steep ledges. Please please please be careful. This trail is for the sure-footed. If you’re like me, you’ll take this as a challenge and you’ll go and discover this gem.

Up approximately two miles you’ll come to an intersection of Trail 181 (left) and Trail 225 (right). Trail 225 will take you uphill and on to Skunk Johnson’s cabin. Enjoy exploring this area of our great wilderness.

Notes: You will spend some time picking through the creek bed, so be patient and enjoy it. I spoke with the Reserve Forest Ranger and he said there are no plans to maintain this trail in the near future, so you should expect to climb over dead trees and such. If you want to go to Skunk Johnson cabin, it is a 10.6-mile round-trip hike. Several guide books and websites describe it as “difficult.”

Helpful Hint: If you brought it in, bring it out!


This is a repost of an article that originally appeared in “Desert Exposure”. Check them out at:


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 February 20, 2014, in Gila National Forest, Hike, Hiking, Nature, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Outdoors, Silver City, Southwest, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. We just got back from trail 225 to Skunk Johnson cabin…. the trail no longer exists…due to recent burns…it is extremely hazardous past the high point … other than that it is beautiful…..

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