Monday, September 30, 2013
Salado Canyon Trail-Lincoln National Forest
Perhaps because of the railroad, and other hard use of the land, Salado Creek, despite the fact that it carries water most of year, is a far cry from more luxuriant riparian areas nearby such as Fresnal Canyon and Tularosa Creek. There are very few native riparian trees, although the invasive salt cedar is much in evidence. One highlight of the hike was an easily distinguishable anticline( a sign points it out). This is a geologic formation where rock layers are bent upwards. When we arrived at the falls,we had the place to ourselves this time. Oddly enough, the falls seem carry only slightly more water than they did back in the very dry spring.Much of our area received heavy rain in September, so I expected a more prodigious flow. The hike to the falls is a little over 3 miles roundtrip, if you tack on a walk down to the trestle, make it 4. It would be a convenient shuttle hike to link it to the Bridal Veil Falls trail if you were using two vehicles.