The Catwalk National Scenic Trail is located in the Gila National Forest in Western New Mexico, north of Silver City. In the late 1800's a 3 mile long pipeline was built in the canyon suspended up to 20 feet above the whitewater Creek that flows through the canyon. The pipeline supplied water to a mining mill and the town called both Graham and Whitewater. There was a wood plank walkway built over the pipeline that the men who maintained the pipeline called the Catwalk. The mining operations were closed in the 1940's, and the catwalk was rebuilt years later by the Civilian Conservation Corps and assigned to the Gila National Forest.
A section of the original 18 inch pipe.
Suspension bridge over Whitewater Creek
Stairs down to one of the pools and waterfall
Laurie sketching at the bottom of the staircase