Monday, September 26, 2011

Quaking Aspen Canyon Trail 86,Gila National Forest

Access to this trail is off the Mcknight Road. About 10 miles in, there is a turn-off for Forest Road 537. The initial pitch down into the canyon is very steep,with a some large road bed rocks that scraped the bottom of our truck. There is some shady,spacious,flat camping areas a short ways in along the stream,which usually has some water and even tiny fish(not trout).

We parked and started walking down the road,passing an old homestead with corrals,sheds and a cabin.

Eventually there was a fork in the road. The left branch continues on the East Canyon Trail(FT 93). We headed right on FT 86( Quaking Aspen Canyon). It was pretty pleasant walking on a clear Autumn day. Huge oaks were in brilliant color, and eventually we saw a few aspens a short ways past the junction with the Rabb Park Trail.
A nice walk in a section of the forest that attracts very few hikers, although hunters do frequent the area.IMPORTANT UPDATE: Parts of this hike are within the Silver Fire burn area (June,2013).

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