A blog about exploring the natural areas of New Mexico focusing on but not limited to Dona Ana, Luna, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln,Socorro and Catron counties.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Wolf Hollow-Gila National Forest
CDT Trail near Pelona Mountain
We camped at Wolf Hollow on the northern edge of the Gila Wilderness. It was July and very hot even at nearly 8000 feet above sea level. The Gila was still crispy dry and several fires were visible as we drove around the area. One fire started in the nearby Black Range when some thunderstorms with only a token amount of moisture passed through the area the second night we were there. We drove over to Snow Lake and hiked down to the Gilita Creek/ Middle Fork confluence. I did a little luckless fishing. A trail crew was working on the Gilita trail,which struck me as odd because that trail is already like a 4 lane interstate compared to most of the trails in the Black Range ( where I usually hike). Second day we went out looking for the CDT trailhead at Pelona Mountain.Found it, but didn't hike it. It was still too hot. We hiked down to the main road each night and always saw elk on the return. Heard coyotes very close every sunrise and sunset.We had 2 flat tires on the way out.Changed one. The other one luckily only had a slow leak, so we kept filling it with our portable compressor.