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Centerfire Creek, NM
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Centerfire Creek, NM 
Centerfire Creek, NM
 
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
chumley
Hiking5.29 Miles 943 AEG
Hiking5.29 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.94 mph
943 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
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We spent a refreshing, cool, and occasionally rainy weekend exploring an area mostly unknown to me. With some last minute research, I had penciled in a few options for day hikes in the area, and this one turned out to be a total bust.

My plans to avoid private ranch property were thwarted early on and we settled for a roundabout option that was hot and steep. The onset of the monsoon had brought with it thick humidity of which none of us was particularly accustomed to. We kept hoping the clouds would build and bring a relieving shower, but it wasn't happening, and we opted to bail on any attempt to reach something that might be a creek and make the smart decision to return.

This is one of the most overgrazed areas I have ever hiked through, and somehow it's still pretty. I wonder if it was given 5 years to recover without grazing if it wouldn't be one of the most beautiful places in the west. :-k Alas, such a dream is unlikely to ever occur.

John and Karl took a different route back, while I plotted a route that took us across the private property that was out of view of the homes and hopefully not impactful on those who reside there. We definitely got caught on a trailcam watering the dogs from a ranch tank :oops: . On our short drive back to camp we finally got that rain we had hoped for over the past couple hours!
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