We passed several groups of tent campers heading up this headwaters tributary of Silver Springs Canyon on the way to parking just off the road before the locked gate. We started walking up the hill. It's a cool and shady trek of about a mile( on the this closed section of 162 A) up to the historic Wofford Lookout. I'd been up here once before while I was citizen adviser for NMDGF. We drove up with Jack Williams of the Forest Service to look at drinker that had been installed for elk. The Wofford Lookout was erected in 1933 and can no longer be ascended, but the restored cabin at its base may be available for rent someday soon. That would be really fun.
We backtracked a short ways after checking out the lookout environs to FR 5593. We followed the signage pointing us to FT 5660 and Zinker Canyon. The road winds back in the direction of the lookout before taking a right turn straight downhill into Zinker Canyon. Initially the trail is little more than a steep dirt gouge in green grass, perhaps created by previous ATV abuse, subsequently worsened by flooding. Eventually the gradient lessens and the walking becomes easy. The canyon doesn't have a running stream but is still lush with deciduous trees( aspens, oaks, locust, box elder, dogwood and ash) that were in their peak of fall color.
We spied a few hunters up ahead and decided to take our rest under a cluster of oaks. We ate our snacks and after awhile headed downstream to a second smaller meadow where we decided to turn around. This is a charming canyon that obviously does not see the overuse that occurs in many areas of the Lincoln. The closed road at the west end certainly helps. I don't know what the situation is on the east side( the direction the hunters returned to). We were most likely close to the access from FR 405,but we wanted to keep the hike under 7 miles so we returned. The steeper parts were a bit of a trudge, and we were grateful when we reached the top of the hill again and started heading down to the truck. On the way out, there were many trucks coming in. The weekend had really begun in the Sacramento District.