Mineral Creek

  • GxL Day 9, April 10, Wednesday
  • Start on Deloche Canyon Trail
  • End Mineral Creek Road and leave route for several weeks
  • Miles walked: 14

Having finally found Deloche again, the trail is not too bad, with some signs of trail maintenance– lopping and even a brief section of tread work. Three small caves are visible on a nearby rock outcropping.

The trail exits at Bursum Road above Mogollon. I am guessing since it is a signed trailhead, the trail really is intended to be maintained.

A small distance down Bursum is the trailhead for Log Canyon Trail.

I meet Grand Enchantment Trail hikers Thigh Gap and Roly Poly. They confirm that Mineral Creek is rather high, but doable. I warn them what they are about to encounter on Bursum.

Mineral Creek Trail has many crossings past frigid fast-moving water, never more than knee-high. Many remains from mining activity are scattered along the trail. I will not include too many pictures, since I already covered this section on my GET hike.

Where the canyon narrows the going is hardest: The rock becomes slick with patches of submerged moss.

Several day-hikers are out today, including doggie Pilgrim.

At the end of the trail, I follow the road towards Alma, and eventually am met by Cairn and Goggies, here to pick me up from the trail. I need to wait several weeks before resuming: Water crossings are too high and snow is too deep this year.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at sagebrush.com, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.

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