Explore the most popular wildlife 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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3 months ago

Hiked this route to Black Peak with my husband and dog on Saturday 3/31. From NM 15, turn at the sign for the Arrastra Site. Up the narrow, rocky road, there is space for a few vehicles to park. You can catch the CDT right from that parking area. There are a few ups and downs. It is not technical at all; most of the challenge comes from the length. The trail is easy to follow overall. The only confusing spot was at the turnoff from the access road at about 2.5 miles. It was not marked, but we used the Alltrails app to check. We clocked the mileage at 7.6 to the peak, for a total of 15.2. This trail recording ends short of the peak. Follow the sign for Signal Peak and turn left at a rock cairn for an easy trail to the summit. It took us 3:30 to go up and 2:40 to come back down. There weren't really views most of the way or at the top, except where you can see through areas of the forest that have been burned. We only saw one trail runner and one mountain biker the entire hike.

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3 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.

did this recently although turned around at 3m in cuz baby wasn't gonna tolerate. took the dog and he really enjoyed the snow! we were just in boots and got to the base of the twin sisters area

When they say "hike a portion" they really mean "a portion."
The view from signal peak lookout is breathtaking, however to get there you're actually hiking an access road, which is really challenging because of the incline through a giant section of burned forest.
I'm a junkie for mileage so I enjoyed it, very challenging from the bottom up, even if it is only an access road. 1.5 liters of water was perfect.

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

4.5 mile hike on Continental Divide with the Bushwackers. Accessed via Bear Mtn Rd and returned to vehicles on Hoop de Doo Road, titled because it dips up and down a lot. September 7, 2017

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.

on Tadpole Ridge Trail

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Friday, April 28, 2017

This one is tough. Climbing and descents. Also some trail obstructions in the middle segment that requires scrambling. Wear long pants, be fit and have plenty of water. I did it in two days since I just had one vehicle. I hiked from Sheep Corral up about 5.5 miles and then back, and the following day I hiked from NM15 up to the point I left off. Did I say have plenty of water! Views are stunning along the ridge. I clocked the highest elevation at about 8600 ft. According to my fitbit tracker the total distance from point to point is about 9.5 miles, for a total round trip of about 19 miles. This does not match the distance shown on the trail signs. I'd be curious to know what mileage others come up with.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Awesome trail. High elevation - up to almost 9000' - and a number of ups and downs, but nothing too strenuous provided you are physically fit. There are some burn areas but otherwise it's a lovely wooded area with stunning views.

Nice hike. Saw only 2 other people all day. Beautiful scenery. Peaceful.

Beautiful hike with perfect weather. Secluded on a Saturday.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Ok unless you've hiked slots in Utah!

Lovely hike! Depending which direction you go off of the main road, the ecosystem is very different. Spectacular rock formations and overlook when you go to the north.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Took my two dogs here while it was overcast. nice hike. the silver city area is really nice as far as desert goes

Good trail that gets deep in the NM forest. Very quiet and serene.

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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.

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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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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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on Lake Roberts Loop

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