Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dragonfly Loop Trail( FT 720)- Gila National Forest

On Sunday morning after eating at Diane's on Silver City's Bullard Street. We returned to  the Dragonfly Trailhead. This time to do the Dragonfly Loop itself. There were several vehicles already in the parking lot, and we though it best to let  a group on horseback get a good head start before setting out, still we only met maybe 10 or so people over a little more than two hours, which both my wife and I thought was great for a trail so close to the city. It may be much busier at another  time,but we were walking with no one else in sight for most of the hike.
 The trail is initially over gentle pinon- juniper grassland terrain and heads in northeasterly direction. Eventually we headed down hill where the trail turns back toward the south and begins to follow Twin Sisters Creek. This was the nicest part of the walk. The  creek flowed in a healthy riparian zone no longer subject to grazing. Large cottonwoods were beginning to bud out. Cress grew along the water's edge. The stream, at times, flowed over  smooth bedrock slides into pools close to a foot deep.

  As the channel narrowed between cliffs of orange rhyolite porphyry banded with  a grayish layers( also volcanic) we arrived at the where the petroglyphs dwell. After photographing the dragonfly, we looked around the low cliffs and boulders and found a few more. There wasn't a lot, but we weren't being at all thorough, which is nice sometimes, because it leaves one with the feeling of wanting to return.

 We continued walking,crossing the creek, which eventually dried out,  a couple of times. The trail eventually took us back up  out of the creek bottom to a little promontory overlooking some huge cottonwoods, where we took in views of Black Peak, the Twin Sisters and Humboldt Mountain. Everyone we met was happy to be out( as were we) on this glorious spring morning underneath the blue sky, white clouds and warm sun. And even though it was March, the wind was only minor factor, never blowing hard or long enough to distract us from our enjoyment of this lovely place.


Statia Dougherty said...

Thanks for the info. I drove more than 100 miles today to see the petroglyphs. I did the entire loop. It was a beautiful day, however, I missed the petroglyphs. I was told that there was a sign telling where to leave the trail to see them, however, there was no sign. Must have been misplaced. Now I'm trying to research for another trip back. I don't want to miss the dragonfly again!

devon said...

I'm sorry you missed the petroglyphs. They are only slightly off trail.I've found it's good to check any and all likely looking rocks, you never know what you might find.

devon said...

If you are interested there is Rock Art convention in Las Cruces on Memorial Day weekend. http://www.arara.org/2016_conference_information.html