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From the Arrastre Site, a defunct mine north of Silver City, hike northeast 7.5 miles through ponderosa to camp on an 8,800-foot ridge near 9,029-foot Black Peak. After dark, whip out your binoculars and find the double star cluster near Cassiopeia or the nebulae in Orion’s belt. Next morning, continue into the drainage of Meadow Creek, and in roughly seven miles, hit FR 89. Hike it 1.5 miles to FR 149 to reach your car. (Part of New Mexico Segment 8)
-GPS data via Bear Creek Survey and Gila National Forest
- Distance: 23.4
Location: 32.886314, -108.226997
Begin at the Arrastre Site trailhead. This is the start of Segment 8 of the New Mexico section of the CDT. At first, the trail follows an old mining road.
Location: 32.88323, -108.22455
Follow road left.
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Stay left at the intersection
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Stay straight at the intersection with the wagon road trail.
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Overlook on the southern flank of Black Peak. Start looking for campsites along this ridge.
Location: 32.918847, -108.164494
Trail brushes with FR 154
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Pass through a gate.
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Follow road straight (northeast) past the Allie Canyon Trail.
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Turn left (northwest) at the junction with FR 89 to leave the CDT and head towards your shuttle car.
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Pick up your shuttle car at FR 149.