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Redstone Park, NM

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Rated  Favorite Wish List NM > Southwest
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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
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
Backpack Yes & Connecting
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24  2009-07-24 PrestonSands
Author PrestonSands
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 149
Photos 5,534
Trips 1,317 map ( 6,690 miles )
Age 42 Male Gender
Location Oro Valley, AZ
Co-Author Tom Sands
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Routes 0
Photos 0
Trips 0 map (0 Miles)
Age 68 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:03am - 6:12pm
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bigfoot's estate
by PrestonSands & Tom Sands

Likely In-Season!
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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2009-08-06 PrestonSands & Tom Sands
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Redstone Park
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On a late July morning, my dad and my brothers, Ryan and Alan, and I, made our way to the Mogollon Mountains, intending to hike to Hummingbird Saddle. This would be the first time all four of us had been backpacking together. On the drive in though, plans changed to Redstone Park. Arriving at the trailhead in almost overwhelming humidity, we soon set off on the Redstone Trail, with a few gathering clouds above. The pace was leisurely, and we stopped at the saddle at 0.5 miles to enjoy lunch with a view of Whitewater Canyon. Heading into the canyon, Alan lagged behind, silently suffering under his pack, this being his first "real" backpacking trip. A few pack adjustments were made, and he carried on. Two miles in, the thunderstorms had gathered, and down came a steady rain. Whitewater Canyon grew dark, lightning crashed on nearby peaks, and thunder echoed loudly in the canyon. I gave back to the hiking community by doing preemptive trail maintenance: pushing over dead trees along the trail, to my brothers' amusement.

After a long, soggy walk in continuous rain, we arrived at Redstone Park in the early evening, anxious for anything dry. Redstone Park itself didn't offer much shelter, so I ran up the Whitewater Canyon Trail to scout. I soon found a great creek side spot, and we set up our tents there, taking turns holding a tarp over the person who was setting up their tent, while getting eaten alive by no-see-ums. The big perk of this site was a cave-like shelter, about 8 feet by 15 feet, created by two huge boulders leaning against each other. Alan and I committed ourselves to starting a fire in the little fire ring in the "cave". With the only dry wood being little sticks and a rotten stump, I broke out the drier lint. No luck. Okay, hairspray. Nope. I inverted my little can of bug repellent and sprayed that over the match. A cool fireball, but no ignition of the wood. In desperation, I turned my butane stove on high, and held it up against the wood. It stubbornly ignited. Hooray! That's how wet it was down there! A Nalgene full of gasoline would have been helpful. For dinner we enjoyed quesadillas and Mountain House. Alan confided in me that with all of the rain, he was ready to go home. I figured that, I said. At some point, the rain stopped. Being the last one going to bed, I took it upon myself to hang our bear bags. Conifer branches do not work well for that, and my dad thought that some sort of beast was smashing through the forest. No, that was just Prestonfoot.

The next morning, we aborted plans for our second night at Hummingbird Saddle, and began the hike back out. We took our time, enjoying Whitewater Creek and the Gila Wilderness. Another break at the saddle involved me picking up a dead tree and hurling it into the forest, while shouting "Sasquatch MAD!", again to my brothers' amusement. We arrived back at the trailhead late in the afternoon, under a beautiful clear sky. D'oh! :sl: Had we stayed for a second night, there would have been torrential rain! The rest of the guys dried their tents in the sun, and I got tore up on Diet Pepsi and Gatorade. On the drive home, of course, we had to have dinner at the Blue Front Café in Glenwood. Good burgers as always.

Great times!

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Map Drive
FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

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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