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Redstone Park, NM
Description 2 Triplogs 1 Topic
RatedFavorite   Wish List Region
 Southwest, NM
Difficulty 2.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 10 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,561 feet
Elevation Gain -1,200 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,600 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 18
Interest Perennial Creek
Author Preston Sands
Descriptions 166
Routes 149
Photos 5,486
Trips 1,126 map ( 5,816 miles )
Age 37
Location Tucson, AZ
Co-Author Tom Sands
Descriptions 2
Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 0 map (0 Miles)
Age 64
Location Tempe, AZ
Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
24  2009-07-24 Preston Sands
Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Gila
Wilderness Gila
Backpack - Yes & Connecting
Seasons - Spring to Autumn
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
2.1  Grouse Mountain Loop
2.2  Whitewater Baldy
2.2  Mogollon Baldy Crest Trail
2.6  Catwalk - Deloche Canyon
2.8  Whitewater - Dry Creek Loop
2.8  Sandy Point - Sheridan
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     Bergamot (aka Beebalm)

bigfoot's estate
by Preston Sands & Tom Sands

Overview: Redstone Park is a tiny ponderosa park at the bottom of Whitewater Canyon, in New Mexico's Gila Wilderness. Lush forest, red rock, connecting trails, and a perennial creek make Redstone Park an attractive destination. Accessible by several different routes, this hike to Redstone Park follows the northern section of the Redstone Trail #206.

Hike: From the Redstone Trailhead, the Redstone Trail #206 crosses a meadow along Silver Creek, then makes a short switchback climb through fir and aspen to a saddle overlooking Whitewater Canyon at 0.5 miles. The trail turns east at the saddle, contouring high along the north slope of Whitewater Canyon, its narrow footpath barely clinging to the steep topography. Frequent openings in the tree cover allow for views of the vast Whitewater Creek drainage and surrounding peaks.

Reaching the west slope of Willow Mountain, the Redstone Trail makes a brief and very steep descent, via some oddly placed switchbacks, before leveling out once again in a lush fir and aspen forest. The trail then skirts the west slope of Willow Mountain, contouring around several small, steep walled bowls. Oddly sculpted formations of volcanic rock erupt from the mountainside on this stretch.

Four and a half miles in, the Redstone Trail finally begins its descent to the bottom of Whitewater Canyon. Steep and wonderfully shaded switchbacks take the trail down nearly 700 feet within half of a mile.

Just before reaching the bottom of the canyon, Whitewater Creek becomes audible, as it splashes over polished red volcanic rock in the narrow confines of the canyon. The Redstone Trail arrives at a signed junction with the Whitewater Creek Trail #207 at 5 miles, along the north side of the creek. Redstone Park, this hike's destination, lies only a few hundred feet downstream, along the route of the Whitewater Creek Trail. Barely 100 feet long, the park is much smaller than one would guess, but it is beautiful nonetheless. Enormous ponderosa pines shade a perfect creekside campsite here, while a few other small campsites can be found nearby.

While Redstone Park makes a fine stopping point, one can continue downstream along the shared route of the Whitewater Creek and Redstone Trails to the Catwalk, or Spruce Creek Saddle, respectively. Or continue upstream from Redstone Park along the very primitive upper section of the Whitewater Creek Trail, which takes one to Hummingbird Saddle, on the north side of Whitewater Baldy.

Enjoy, and beware of Redstone Park's prolific poison ivy.

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    Directions Preferred Months Jun Jul Aug Sep
    Water / Source:Silver Creek and Whitewater Creek
    Preferred StartEarly Cell Phone SignalNo Sunrise6:08am Sunset6:32pm
    Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
    Fees / Permit

    To hike
    From Silver City, NM, head north on US highway 180 for approximately 66 miles to the turnoff for New Mexico highway 159 (about 4 miles north of Glenwood, NM). Turn right (east) on NM highway 159 (Bursum Road), and follow it for 14.2 miles to the Redstone Trailhead parking area on the right. There is a sign for Trail #206 on the side of the highway.
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