Exploring the CD Trail in the Burro Mountains.
Editor's note: In our November issue, Linda Ferrara wrote about her successful effort to complete 100 hikes around the Silver City area in a 12-month span ("100 Hikes in a Year"). Reader response to her article was such that we've asked her to share details of her favorite hikes in a new ongoing feature.
Name: Continental Divide (CD) Trail — Burro Mountains
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Directions: From Highway 90 at Ridge Road, take Highway 90 south 10.2 miles. Turn right onto Tyrone Road. Stay on this dirt road for 7.2 miles. There are several turn-offs and curves; just stay on the main road until you see CD Trail markers on the trees at the 7.2 mile marker.
Hike Description: We took the trail to the south (on the left), towards Jack's Peak. It is well marked in most places, easily found in others. You'll enjoy pine trees, views of the Mogollons, some sandy areas, a few gates that are closed but unlocked. The trail wanders up and down some easy hills and then after a mile or so starts its rise up towards Jack's Peak. It's a good trail for any hiker as you can turn back if it's too steep for your condition. There are many hiking options off of this road to explore.
View from the Continental Divide Trail, off Highway 90 south of Silver City in the Burro Mountains. (Photo by Linda Ferrara)
Notes: This would be a good hike for any time of the year since it is nicely shaded for much of the trail. If you are climbing up to the top, consider going early in the day if you are hiking in the heat of summer.
Helpful Hint: When I was stuck up on a ridge and couldn't find my way down, I followed a cow trail that showed me the route. Think about what animals do and need. Their trails can bring you to water, trails, roads, civilization.
Linda Ferrara is a former Silver City real-estate agent and, of course, a hiker.