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100 Hikes


Burros Byway

Enjoy the views from this hike off Mangus Valley Road,
west of Silver City.

by Linda Ferrara






Name: Forest Road 4246, Burro Mountains


Distance: Various


Difficulty: Easy to moderate


Directions: From the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 180, drive west on 180 12.8 miles. Turn left onto Mangus Valley Road. Go 4.6 miles and turn right onto Red Rock Road. At the 2.4-mile mark, you will cross over a cattle guard and the road turns into a well-maintained dirt road. At the 3.2-mile mark, turn left onto T-T Road (aka T Bar T). Go 0.9 mile to the end of this road and turn left. Go 0.2 mile and you will reach another cattle guard. After the cattle guard, turn right onto Forest Road 819. Go 0.3 miles and park. You will see a dirt road on both sides of the road. This article describes the hike to the right, which is Forest Road 4246. (As of this February there was no Forest Road sign at this location, but you will see several markers along the trail.)


Hike Description: The road goes through a sandy area and then starts a gentle and steady climb upwards. There are striking long-range views of Jack's Peak, the Mogollons, the Tyrone Mine and more along the way and lots of wildlife evidence and sightings (if you're quiet enough). This appears to be a well-used trail as we saw foot prints, tire tracks and two ATVers on the trail. The terrain is rolling hills with piñon, juniper and scrub oak.


Notes: There are several interesting trails in this vicinity. Enjoy exploring them during the cooler months.


Helpful Hint: It's hunting season. Wear bright colors; put bright colors on your pets. I buy bright orange T-shirts at one of the secondhand stores in town for my dogs.




To read more about Linda Ferrara's 100-hike challenge, check out her blog at 100hikesinayear.wordpress.com.



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