Portal, AZ - Rodeo, NM

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Hike For March 5 - Basin Trail

Meet:  Silver Peak Trailhead at 9:00 am. 

Carol Simon  (520) 558-2433  casimon@vtc.net 

Elaine Moisan (520)558-5204 emoisan2011@hotmail.com


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Hike for February 29, 2024

It’s been a long time since we’ve done a leap year hike and wowie-zowie we came close to tying/setting a record for numbers!  When all the fog cleared there were 24 of us (and 1 nice dog) walking up the Owl Canyon jeep trail and into the Wilderness Study Area.  (My memory is 25 going to Paramore Crater one time).  Most of us hiked a little over two miles in (to our lunch stop) and six of us continued on up the canyon another mile - 6 miles total.


The weather was perfect for a hike.  Beautiful sunshine and crisp, cool air made this a spring-like day.  A fog bank lay over the San Simon Valley as we gathered and drove to the parking area.  Recent rains had resulted in an early flush of annual plants getting started in the lower elevation areas.  Maybe there will be flowers in April if the rains continue.  We spotted a few blooms emerging:

Purplenerve Springparsley; Vesper multinervatus

The entrance to Owl Canyon, like most of the west side of the Peloncillo Mountains is private land.  We’d been given permission to cross and hike through to get to Bureau of Land Management lands.  The Canyon only flows water in years with heavy winter and/or monsoon rains so our hike was mostly dry.  Some bedrock pools held small puddles from last night's storm.  

The old trail is slowly disappearing as the vegetation recovers from decades of livestock grazing.  We didn’t mind going slow because that gave us time to gaze at the cliffs that line the canyon.  A few scattered oaks and junipers add to the scenery, and there were some spectacular cactus and agaves - but really, it’s the beautiful Canyon:


Next week we will meet at 9AM at the Silver Peak parking lot.  We have 3 hikers who are celebrating birthdays next week and they’ve requested the Basin Trail.   Bring water, lunch, hat and clothes appropriate for the weather.  We think the trail should be mostly brush free but one never knows what happened over winter.

Hike report by Al;  photos from Elaine & Eskild


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