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Trail 128 follows a stream up Railroad Canyon on this quiet journey through mixed conifer and aspen forest to the crest of the Black Range.
Trail 128 and 129 are very similar. The riparian ecosystem and old-growth forest offer many birding opportunities for forest species like Mountain Chickadees, Hermit Thrush, Nuthatches, Spotted Owls, warblers, and woodpeckers. The mountain crest and upper meadows are home to band-tailed pigeons, hawks, and wild turkey. Spring and summer offers cool streams and pleasant temperatures. August and September have the best wildflower displays. Mid to late October is the perfect time to hike to the crest and see the Aspen in fall color.
Trails 79 and 128 can be linked to make a 13.5 mile day trip. It's three miles across the crest on Trail 79 to link 129 and 128. This scenic loop passes through dense old-growth pine forest and has outstanding mountain views.
To get to Trail 128 begin at trail head 129. Follow 129 up Gallinas Canyon 1.5 miles to its junction with 128. There are many creek crossings in the first 1.5 miles. Except for dry years, the creek is flowing and can be crossed on stepping stones. Wading is necessary if the creek is running high. Trail 128 begins at the confluence of Gallinas and Railroad Canyons, and follows Railroad Canyon to the crest of the Black Range. The trail tops the crest in a saddle where it intersects the Black Range Crest Trail 79. Follow 79 to the left or right about .25 mile to see the mountain vistas.
There is a picnic table and pit toilet near the trailhead.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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