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Railroad Canyon Trail #128, NM

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Distance One Way 2.91 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,317 feet
Elevation Gain 1,400 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,400 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.58
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1,902 ft
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1,633 ft
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Hillsboro Peak
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9.2 mi
2,207 ft
Mimbres Lake
6.1 mi away
7.0 mi
600 ft
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7.3 mi away
32.1 mi
7,793 ft
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13.9 mi away
11.9 mi
2,563 ft
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Area Trails
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200.0 mi
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11.1 mi
938 ft
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4.3 mi
119 ft
Fort Bayard Champion Tree
Fort Bayard Champion Tree
19.8 mi away
3.4 mi
265 ft
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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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    From Silver City go east on U.S. 180 about six miles then turn left on NM 152. Follow NM 152 about 28 miles into the Black Range. Trail 128 doesn't have it's own trail head and is accessed via Trail 129. Look for the 129 trailhead sign on the left about a mile east of the Upper Gallinas Campground.
    page created by joebartels on Apr 18 2017 9:30 pm
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