It's good to go with the trail map, but be aware that there are a number of unmarked trails and that the existing signage may not always seem to jive with the map. Just remember to note some landmarks and the flow of the land and you'll be able to make your way back to the parking lot with a little help from the signs and map!
The trails in the South part of the trail system consist of long, gentle rises and descents, a few rolly hills and some fabulous single track along occasional arroyos. Imagine a slight uphill for a few miles, weaving among small hills, around scattered junipers and oak, knowing you have a long, fast, flowing return to the parking lot...a mountain bikers dream!
For those who like hills and more intense riding, I understand the further North you travel on these trails, the harder they will get as they ascend into the foothills and mountains of the Gila Wilderness.
|The Dragonfly is a common theme around this particular trail head...|
|We headed out through grassy plains dotted with junipers; |
the mountains of the Gila Wilderness in the distance.
|Soon the trail dropped into arroyos and wound its way into the low hills.|
|I'd say the "petroglyph" of the person at the top right is a modern addition.|
The others are original Mogollon art.
|We were surprised to see a large pool of water at the petroglyph site.|
No running water though. Very few creeks have been flowing in the area surrounding Silver City.
|The trail continued through wonderful rolling hills.|
|We took a little off shoot trail and discovered an old car graveyard.|
These were some awesome mountain biking trails. We will return before we leave Silver City!