Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Silvercity, NM video

Silver City is a small mountain town in Southeastern New Mexico. We had heard people saying that it is like Taos before it was "discovered".  Of course, there is a bike shop in Silver City, and it's called Gila Hike & Bike.  We stopped in to inquire about the mountain bike trails and ask where we could park our truck camper for the night.  Earlier in the year, Silver City hosted a "Downhill" mountain bike rice. So, we were wanting to find someone who might want to do a "shuttle" up the mountain with us so we could sample the "DH" trails. A guy named Rohan said he might be able to get off work and shuttle with us the next day, but it didn't work out for him(and us).  Next time!

 The owner of the bike shop pointed us in the direction of the Gomez Peak trail for some cross-country riding, and he said we could park our camper overnight at the trailhead.  There was a good bit of climbing and some "hike-a-bike" near the top due to the rocky terrain. But, once we got to the top it was all downhill from there!  Cactus lined the trail and the top section was very "chunky" with one 4 foot drop thrown in for good measure. 

The camping was in the tall pines just off of a dirt, forest service road.  The temps got below freezing at night so, we didn't stay longer.  Elevation was around 7,000 ft!  Good thing we had recently been hiking and biking in Colorado. Natalie and I liked Silver City, but it's a little too small to consider it for a permanent location.