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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY MARCH 26 2010 5 Hidden jewels on the Glenwood ,Ranger District offer choices on low elevation trails Submitted by GNFISilver City There are some hidden jew els to explore on the Glenwood Ranger Districtlocated on the western part of the Gila Na- tional Forest. These areas are located in lower elevation coun- try that avoid the inaccessible high elevation trails that are currently snowpacked or icy. "After the excellent mois- ture and snowpack received on the Forest during this wet win- ter, individuals are anxious to get out in the backcountry and enjoy a few days of warmer weather and sunshine. The Dis- trict has some unique and sce- nic areas to explore and enjoy," says Glenwood District Ranger Pat M0rrison. "Visitors are re- minded that it is always a good idea to obtain updated road, trail, and weather information from the local Forest Service office regarding any backcountry activities and to avoid water crossings with high water levels and swift moving waters as the spring snowmelt has just begun...and there is a lot of snow in the high country! A standard rule for hik- ers to remember when attempt- ing a water crossing is...if the water level is midways or above the calf, avoid crossing!" adds Morrison. Gold Dust Trail # 41 pro- vides' access to the upper parts of White,rater Canyon Trail #207. During bridge replace- Recreationists cautioned- melting snowpack increases water level in Gila River Submitted by GILA NATIONAL FOREST/Silver City Melting snowpack on the Gila National Forest is resulting in very high water levels on the Gila River. This high water flow is creating extremely dangerous conditions for recreationists attempt- ing river crossings. The Gila River is deepand the water is cold and running very swift. Until conditions improve, the Wilderness Ranger District of the Gila National Forest is discouraging recreationists from trav- eling on any trails that involve river crossings or from backpack- ing into higher elevations where heavy snowpack still remains. Challenging and difficult backpacking conditions exist for all high- elevation trails including trails along, the Middle Fork, West Fork, and the main Gila River. As of March 8, 3:00 pro, the USGS reported the Gila River flow levels at 1170 CFS (cubic feet per second) or 4.1 feet in depth. One hundred seventeen (117,) inches of snow was also re- ported at Whitewater Baldy (elevation 10,895 ft.) located in the Gila Wilderness and 40 inches at McKnight Mountain (elevation 9,240 ft.) in the Aldo Leopold Wilderness. As warmer temperatures and warmer rains occur on the For- est, the melting snowpack will continue to cause river levels to increase even more with possible flooding conditions. Recreationists are asked to obtain weather forecasts and information on road conditions prior to traveling into the Forest. The Gila River flow data can be found at the following website: waterdata.usgs.gov/nm/nwis. Road Advisory Hotline: 1 800/ 432-4269 For more information, please call the Wilderness Ranger Dis- trict at (575) 536-2250. Lordsburg High School Track Field Coach DJ Saucedo 03/06/10 03/19/10 300 PM 03/25/10 300 PM 04/03/10 04/09/10 200 PM 04/16/10 04/29/10 200 PM 05-05-10 Gadsden Invite Elks Invitational Tri County Meet Silver Invite Hidalgo County Relays Therman Jordan Relays District 52A State Meet 1A2A II ment on the Catwalk National Recreation Trail, hikers and horseback riders can access the upper reaches of Whitewater Creek and the wilde~'ness via the connection with the Gold Dust Trail. The Gold Dust Trailhead is located on the south side of NM Highway 159, Bursum Road, approximately 3.5 miles east of the junction with US Highway 180 on the way to the historical mining town of Mogollon. Powerhouse Trail #810 is accessed from Bursum Road-vi-a the Powerhouse Road #722 which leaves Bursum Road ap- proximately 6.5 miles east of the junction with US Highway 180. Powerhouse Road is open for full-sized motorized vehicle use to the trailhead and for ATV, hikers, and horse use from the trailhead into Whitewater Can- yon. This trail provides another connection for hikers and horse- back riders to the upper reaches of Whitewater Canyon Trail #207. ATV riders have point access to Whitewater Canyon and the Powerhouse site. Upon reaching the wilderness bound- ary, motorized use into wilder- ness is strictly prohibited. Trail 207 west from the Powerhouse is not suitable for ATV use. Please be courteous and share the trail since hikers, horses, and ATVs may all use the #810 trail and a small section of the #207 trail. Catron County Road C007 (old Forest Road 701) will take visitors to the Mineral Creek Trailhead located north of Glenwood and east of the town of Alma. The Mineral Creek Trail allows hikers to enter a real mountain canyon system. Visitors should be prepared to see plenty of colorful rock for- mations, and to get their feet wet! Mineral Creek also pro- vides opportunities to view the historical mining town of Cooney, Cooney's Tomb, and a number of mining operations along thetrail. Hikers who would like to experience a taste of the high country can 'explo]:.e the first mile or two of the Sheridan Gulch Trail located south of Glenwood at the end of Catron County Road C054. The Sheridan Gulch Trail is an ex- cellent way for day hikers to cross into the Gila Wilderness at lower elevations. Although the Sheridan Gulch Trail con- tinues up towards Holt Moun- tain, the Glenwood District does not recommend an ascent of the high country at this time due to ' current snow levels Snow banks, sometimes quite deep, rematn at elevations above 7.000 feet. in canyons and on north facing slopes. Visitors to the Glenwood area are welcome to take time to drop in at the Glenwood Ranger District office, open Monday - Friday from 8AM to 4:30PM. or call (575l 539- 2481. Gomez hosts baseball camp Fabian Gomez, of the Oakland A's, hosted a baseball camp in Lordsburg recently. Above, all players who attended the camp. at right, Gomez shows Fabian DeLaO proper form in pitching. Below, Sal Gomez, Fabian's brother, goes through a few drills with Candelario Mendoza. 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