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Gila Wilderness Turkey Creek, NM
2010-10-04
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Gila Wilderness Turkey Creek, NM 
Gila Wilderness Turkey Creek, NM
 
Backpack Oct 04 2010
RedRoxx44
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Revisiting a very nice area with a lovely stream and a variety of terrain, from riparian to yellow pines, huge oak and lots of poison ivy. I packed in about 8 miles, set up camp, then dayhiked another about 6 miles RT exploring other aspects of Turkey Creek. Some pictographs I think remember seeing before, but also some ruins I did not see before. I took the regular trail over Skeleton Ridge, rather hot, but decided to come down the canyon upon the return. Trails are usually located where they are for a reason. Pretty low water so I decided I could scramble past whatever obstacle there would be.
Thunderheads and rumbling. It was very nice, I like storms when I am in the woods. The lava flows made large hallways in part of the creek. It was cruising till the walls shot up and I got to a boulder choke. I had some waist deep wading I had prepared for. I came to the hot springs, in a really lovely area, that had a little more scrambling and some scenic small cascades. The springs were nice and warm, but I was not in the mood for soaking. Didn't take a tent and didn't need it, lots of natural overhangs here.
The canyon was quite worth the work; if you don't have to make time or have a heavy pack I recommend it.
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