Thunder Egg Trail
|An easy loop trail at Rockhound State Park. On this trail, you get nice views of the campground, and off to the southwest through northwest, including nice views of the Big Florida mountains. Many people use this trail as a starting place for their rock collecting. This trail also has many interesting forms of cacti and other desert plants.|
|Hike data||Waypoints||Maps||Getting to the trailhead||About the hike||Plants along the trail||Comments|
When we hiked it:
|Time it took us:||1:00.|
|Usage (people/hour):||0.00. We saw nobody, but then we were hiking in a light snowfall on the day after Christmas, and may have been the only crazy ones out hiking.|
|RHSP||Campground||Rockhound State Park and trailhead for Thunder Egg trail|
Maps:Geohack online map list Paper maps:
|Map name||Cartographer||Year||Scale||Topo map?||Online access||Notes|
|Wildernesses of New Mexico||US Forest Service||1981||1:1000000||N||No online copies.||Base map with national forests, wilderness areas and highways.|
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Getting to the trailhead:
This trail takes off from the Rockhound State Park Campground. To get to the park, head south from Deming on NM 11 about five miles. Turn east on State Road 141 (Rockhond Rd) for about nine miles. One trailhead (where we started the hike) is on the south side of the park. The other trailhead comes in at the northeast part of the campground.
About the hike:
We started near the picnic area on the south side of the park. They have a sign which, among other things, tells you that this trail was built in 1995-6 by the YCC.
One of the reasons for hiking this trail is to see all of the desert plants, such as the cactus pictured here. While not unheard of, snow in this part of the state does not last long.
This sotol with snow also caught our eyes.
This fishhook cactus has is well-named. Look at those spines!
This hike is not just plants though. You get great views of the Big Florida Mountains to the south.
One of the interesting parts of hiking with snow on the ground is the interesting tracks that you find.
Plants we saw along the trail:
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