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Hillsboro PeakSouthwest, NM
Southwest, NM
Hiking avatar Aug 09 2014
rwstorm
Hiking10.30 Miles 2,285 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles
2,285 ft AEG
 
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I have one thing to say about this hike: DO IT. Do it now, or in the next 2-3 weeks for full monsoon flower show. It's a wonderful hike that certainly warrants a little road trip to enjoy. There are four free camping areas to the west of Emory Pass that are perfect base camps for the hike. I stayed at Railroad Canyon this trip and had a strong flowing stream about 20 feet from my tent. :D

This was my 5th time to the peak, but first since last year's Silver Fire. I just had to see the aftermath. As you would expect, with the forest opened up, the undergrowth and flowers are going bonkers. This kept me from getting too down about all the dead trees. In fact, it was very interesting to see how things are playing out in the area. If you want to check out a neat hike in a fresh burn, this is one that won't disappoint. :)

The drive over through Silver City then east along NM 152 is always pleasant, and the countryside was really green from the summer rains. So pretty this time of year.

The hike was posted by the El Paso Hiking Meetup group, along with some from Las Cruces, so we had about 20 people. A couple of them camped with me at Railroad. Because of the logistics of getting everyone up there from El Paso for a day hike, we didn't get started until about 0945 (MDT). I figured we were going to have to deal with lightning and stormy conditions for sure, :scared: but somehow with storms all around, we never had more than a few drops of rain hit us. Wow, talk about lucky! Nice cloud cover and cool breezes ruled the day, making hiking conditions ideal. :y:

On our way up as we neared the peak we visited with Don the fire lookout, who was on his way down after his week of duty. He told us the tower was locked, but the cabin was open and there was water if anyone needed it. He mentioned that we might want to check out Hillsboro Pond, a short ways off the main trail, on our way down, which we did. It is along the trail that comes up from Kingston, but that one has been pretty well obliterated in the aftermath of the fire.

This has always been one of my favorite hikes, and seeing all those wildflowers made it real special! Highly recommended.

Well, I just finished going through all my photos and there will be a large set posted for this hike. Just too many keepers and I really wanted to document this one properly...it is one for the time capsule (freshly post fire and shining as good as the brightest flames). What a great day it was!!
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Railroad Canyon Medium flow Medium flow
Flow moderate to heavy in the campground area where it intersects with Iron Creek.
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