Explore the most popular birding trails near Silver City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

no swimming in the lake, what kind of a joke is that??? also never found the trail to get around the dam. I wanted a 5 mile run anyway!

Excellent trail but thank the gods for AllTrails for showing me which fork to take! As others have said, the first part is poorly marked. Interesting to see the cactus and pine together.

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2 months ago

The lake is beautiful and there were a number of different ducks on the lake. The side of the lake near the boat launch (where I started) is easy to hike. Once you get to the dam it’s difficult to see the trail and how to get around the dam. I went up to the parking area and saw a trail on the far side and assumed that was the one. It takes you down a very steep hill with loose rocks and overgrown grass. Unfortunately the trail disappeared about half way down the hill. Very tricky footing, take it slow. Then you have to cross a creek a couple of times to finally find the trail again. There was some barbed wire mixed in with the grass. The side opposite the boat launch is stunningly beautiful with small hidden grottoes. Be careful in the areas where you follow the trail along the cliff face at the water’s edge, there’s a spot where there’s a steep drop that you have to figure out how to get down without breaking a leg. That side had sections with slippery claylike mud too. I saw no evidence of a trail that you could take instead of the road back to the boat launch. This trail was a little more challenging than I thought it would be, but well worth the effort.

All of the different trails in this area make it hard to decide which way to go. I had fun doubling back and doing loops. The area is ripe with ecology and geology. I could hit these trails 1000 times and still come away feeling enlightened.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Lots of different trails merge off of this one so you need to keep an eye on the map.

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5 months ago

Easy to moderate trail and it’d be great for trail running. Temp was low 50’s, sunny no wind and wound up shedding windbreaker. Great views of WNMU campus and if you go down the backside nice views of farming and ranching homes. We maintained an easy pace and took an hour and was about 2 miles. Nice hike to bring along your best friend too! Enjoy!

Gorgeous hiking but terrible markers! Come on, put up a couple trail signs or at least arrows indicating which trail is which.

on Boston Hill Trail

8 months ago

I don’t know why the description says it is near Pinos Altos. It is actually within the city limits of Silver City. Trailheads are off city streets. This is a lovely trail system with fabulous views. You can do a thirty minute hike or a two hour hike depending on how you loop it. Lots of mining remnants to puzzle over. You won’t get lost because it is completely surrounded by streets and roads - just get high and you can figure out where you are. This is not a great place to hike in the heat of summer because there is minimal shade but otherwise anytime will do. Have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water. Highly recommend!

hiking
9 months ago

Good choice for a day in the 80's. Hiked 2 miles up and 2 miles back from the pull off on NM 15. Bushwackers inc. Marilyn, Janet and Ralph. Saw a lizard, juvenile and mature horned toad, sumac, poison ivy and watercress, which I was cautioned not eat due to possible Beaver Fever.

Would be a 5 but you will need a high profile vehicle, also a longer drive down dirt roads. No one there on Labor Day. VERY nice

I couldn't find the trail, it looked like all private property.

Nice short trail in arroyo there is water but no hot springs

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Wife and I hiked this trail about 7 days ago and really enjoyed the views. Great inclines and plenty of locations to stop and see the vastness of this part of New Mexico. It was about 2 hours to the peak and what a clear day to see all around the area with more than 10 miles visibility.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ok unless you've hiked slots in Utah!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

We hiked this trail in August 2014. They are doing some construction near the lake, not sure if that's why the water was so low. Nice hike around the lake, some areas were
overgrown.

hiking
Friday, May 09, 2014

This was a pretty nice hike. Lots of fresh air, took the pups and they loved it. Only problem was that we had a hard time following the trail once we got to a certain point, and it stopped completely. Will have to go again sometime when there is water, as this time it was bone dry.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Had a good time, though I slept on the ground...bad idea...don't remember the pain in my back and neck.

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

A tricky trail to follow but a wonderful destination. With multiple river crossings and often the need to walk in the creek, Hiking sandals are the best bet for footwear. I did this hike on a warm spring weekend and It was a little unnerving to find that people had driven trucks pretty far out into the wilderness. Before the final Gila river crossing I came across several large parties with sprawling campsites. Once I entered the canyon and began heading up Turkey Creek the hike was much more peaceful. Hotsprings, swimming holes and flat shady camping spots beneath the cottonwoods make this a great overnight.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Nice short hike, partly through a very narrow slot. Well marked with cairns. However this loop is only 1.6 miles all around. Also, the trailhead is right across from the lake Roberts Picnic Area which is another mile or so down Hwy 35 than where the driving directions show it to be.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

My intro to this trail was almost twenty years ago, now since the cat is out of the bag on this unique and beautiful trail I will rave here. Imagine a four season hike through prime riparian habitat with a hot spring destination. We need to keep the public informed of this fragile and still potentially endangered area of the Gila wilderness due to Four wheel access along the canyon bottoms right to the wilderness boundary! I hike in sandals keep to the flood zone along creek to avoid impact on the more fragile slopes and terraces, unless there is a trail.

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2 months ago

on Lake Roberts Loop

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2 months ago

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