Railroad Canyon Trail #128

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Trees along Railroad Canyon Trail 128

Trail 128 follows a stream up Railroad Canyon on this quiet journey through mixed conifer and aspen forest to the crest of the Black Range.

Trail 128 and 129 are very similar. The riparian ecosystem and old-growth forest offer many birding opportunities for forest species like Mountain Chickadees, Hermit Thrush, Nuthatches, Spotted Owls, warblers, and woodpeckers. The mountain crest and upper meadows are home to band-tailed pigeons, hawks, and wild turkey. Spring and summer offers cool streams and pleasant temperatures. August and September have the best wildflower displays. Mid to late October is the perfect time to hike to the crest and see the aspen in fall color.

Trails 79 and 128 can be linked to make a 13.5 mile day trip. It's three miles across the crest on Trail 79 to link 129 and 128. This scenic loop passes through dense old-growth pine forest and has outstanding mountain views.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Hikers and horsemen should beware of the hazards in the burned area.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Silver City, NM
Water: Stream nearby. Water quality is not tested. It is advisable to filter or treat all drinking water.
Information Center: Silver City Ranger District
Phone: (505)388-8201

General Information

General Notes:

To get to Trail 128 begin at trail head 129. Follow 129 up Gallinas Canyon 1.5 miles to its junction with 128. There are many creek crossings in the first 1.5 miles. Except for dry years, the creek is flowing and can be crossed on stepping stones. Wading is necessary if the creek is running high. Trail 128 begins at the confluence of Gallinas and Railroad Canyons, and follows Railroad Canyon to the crest of the Black Range. The trail tops the crest in a saddle where it intersects the Black Range Crest Trail 79. Follow 79 to the left or right about .25 mile to see the mountain vistas.

There is a picnic table and pit toilet near the trailhead.

Closest Stores:
Silver City is 34 miles from the trail head and provides auto services, gas, groceries, lodging, medical facilities, restaurants, and shopping.

Connecting Trails:  129 (area is unavailable)  130  79  114


Directions:

From Silver City go east on U.S. 180 about six miles then turn left on NM 152. Follow NM 152 about 28 miles into the Black Range. Trail 128 doesn't have it's own trail head and is accessed via Trail 129. Look for the 129 trailhead sign on the left about a mile east of the Upper Gallinas Campground.


Directions:

From Silver City go east on U.S. 180 about six miles then turn left on NM 152. Follow NM 152 about 28 miles into the Black Range. Trail 128 doesn't have it's own trail head and is accessed via Trail 129. Look for the 129 trailhead sign on the left about a mile east of the Upper Gallinas Campground.


Parking:

The parking lot is not situated to accomodate horse trailers.


Parking:

The parking lot is not situated to accomodate horse trailers.


Activities


Hiking

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Horse Riding

The parking area is not situated  to accomodate horse trailers.

General Info:

Directions

From Silver City go east on U.S. 180 about six miles then turn left on NM 152. Follow NM 152 about 28 miles into the Black Range. Trail 128 doesn't have it's own trail head and is accessed via Trail 129. Look for the 129 trailhead sign on the left about a mile east of the Upper Gallinas Campground.


Parking

The parking lot is not situated to accomodate horse trailers.


Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
5 Miles

  Elevation : 
7080 - 8920

 



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