Mineral Creek

(Alma NM)
I don’t remember when I first heard about the Mineral Creek trail. But, a description of slot canyon, rock formations, creek with cascades were enough for me to seek it out. It meant driving several miles up a gravel road to find the trailhead.

Mineral Creek Trail

Mineral Creek – Small Pinnacles

The hike in, getting to some nice views, was rather short. A narrow trail led to the small creek and into the canyon. Right away, I could see it was going to be special. There was plenty of shade to shelter from the hot sun.

Mineral Creek Trail

Entering the Creek

Mineral Creek Trail

Narrow Spot to Cross

Mineral Creek Trail

Soaring Rock Formations

It was necessary to cross the creek several times, carefully choosing stepping rocks, or logs. I was warned that getting wet was likely. I crossed over five times going up. However, I was able to get in and out without soggy boots.

Mineral Creek Trail

Pillar and Creek

Mineral Creek Trail

Small Falls on the Creek

Mineral Creek Trail

Window Rock

Not sure I would describe it as a slot; but, it was pretty narrow. Tall cliffs, on both sides, towered up to wonderfully varied rock formations. Boulders and rocks in the creek produced cascades of different sizes.

Mineral Creek Trail

Another Pillar

Mineral Creek Trail

Boulder & Cascades

Mineral Creek Trail

Slickrock Cascade

Pillars, small pinnacles, and even a window rock made for fantastic views. When I reached a large, slopping, cascade over slickrock I decided not to test it. This was one of the better hikes I’ve done.

Camp: Gila NF-Apache Creek CG drycamp
Scene: Creek, cascades, rock formations

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6 Responses to Mineral Creek

  1. john larner May 26, 2018 at 5:27 am #

    Nice shots!

    • Pleinguy May 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm #

      Thank you John; it was a great spot. Hope all is well with you.

  2. Barney Ward May 26, 2018 at 1:40 pm #

    Nice place. It is low enough for me to visit it seems. Thank you.

    • Pleinguy May 29, 2018 at 12:31 pm #

      I think you would enjoy this trail.

  3. Richard Woy May 26, 2018 at 7:23 pm #

    Great rock formations and stream. Are you painting any?

    • Pleinguy May 29, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

      Beautiful scenes; but alas, no painting there.

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