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May 26 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Gomez Peak Loop Little Walnut, NM 
Gomez Peak Loop Little Walnut, NM
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2017
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Hiking4.92 Miles 1,059 AEG
Hiking4.92 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.57 mph
1,059 ft AEG      22 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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I was staying at the Silver City KOA and decided to go explore the Little Walnut trail system just north of town. I had picked up a trail map from the Gila National Forest Visitor Center and had planned on hiking the Pinon, Angel, Gomez Peak, and Dragon trails. Park looks brand new and has a big parking area and pit toilets nearby.

I had a late 8am start and the sun was already beating down. Trail map in hand, Route Scout logging, and Garmin GPS 62 recording I set off through the green steel gate just west of the parking lot. It wasn't far before I was lost among a maze of social trails not listed on the map. Off my intended route, I followed a rocky, gnarly, trail straight up the side of Gomez Peak. I popped out on a trail I figured to be Angel and comparing the topo from Route Scout with the topo on the printed map, determined my location and headed north towards Gomez Peak trail. I was surprised to find a marker at the intersection of Angel and Gomez, the first I had seen. I continued my trek up Gomez to the peak to find a makeshift rock shelter and great views of the Arenas valley below.

Now that I was back on track and figuring out Little Walnut Trail System markers I dropped off Gomez Peak to Angel and jumped onto Dragon as I had originally intended. Dragon was a little grown over but easy enough to follow. Took Dragon to Pinon loop and continued back toward the trail head. It was this section where the maze of social trails made navigation difficult. I could see why AZHiker456 went cross country on her peak bagging trek through the area.

Fun loop close to town with some good elevation gain. I was lucky enough to spot a good sized horned toad and a short skinny snake on the Dragon trail.
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Century plants were in bloom and prickly pear almost ready.
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average hiking speed 2.57 mph

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