North Ponil Creek Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Walking the long, flower-laced meadow beside North Ponil Creek is a delightful trip a hundred years back in time. Despite the 2002 Ponil Fire, the small valley is much as it was before lumbermen pushed a railroad through its serene grasslands, but the traces of human use are still much in evidence. The Cimarron and Northwestern Railway traveled 22 miles into the mountains from the town of Cimarron to Ponil Park, the broadest part of the meadow, which soon became a bustling railroad and lumber town.
The railroad connected Ponil Park, the center of operations in the woods, to a series of lumber camps in the canyon below. Perhaps as many as two hundred people lived there in 1910, working the rails, in the sawmills, or as lumbermen. The surrounding forest never provided as much timber for mine supports and railroad ties as the company had anticipated, so the line was torn up in 1921."