[cdt-l] 40 Miles of New Trail Around Rawlins

Bruce Ward bruce at cdtrail.org
Mon Jun 11 05:46:42 CDT 2007


Thanks Red Doug, we will also put 1,000 volunteers to work for your
hiking pleasure-hope to see you on the Trail sometime.
 
Bruce Ward
Executive Director
Continental Divide Trail Alliance
PO Box 628 
Pine, CO 80470
 
Tel.  303  838 3760
Cell: 303 917 1476
Fax: 303 838 3960
 
Shipping Address:
CDTA
13700 Highway 285
Pine CO 80470
 
 

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From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net
[mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On Behalf Of doug-sue1
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 7:55 PM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [cdt-l] 40 Miles of New Trail Around Rawlins


Makes me feel my annual dues to the CDTA is really working!  I"m  the
only car I've seen in SE Michigan that drives around with a CDTA bumper
sticker on it.  In fact, I haven't seen another car with that sticker on
in all of Michigan.  
 
-RedDoug!  

	----- Original Message ----- 
	From: Bruce Ward <mailto:bruce at cdtrail.org>  
	To: cdt-l at backcountry.net 
	Cc: Paul_Rau at blm.gov 
	Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 12:58 PM
	Subject: Re: [cdt-l] 40 Miles of New Trail Around Rawlins

	Francis, 
	Thanks for posting. To the CDTA, this is one of our finest
moments. After several years of working with the BLM and Anadarko on the
granting of this historic easement we hope it will lead to others all
along the Trail. It is our goal to work with the land managers and local
land owners to complete a primitive and challenging non-motorized trail
from Canada to Mexico. It was heartening to note the VP of Anadarko had
spent time with his father and his children building and maintaining the
Colorado Trail.
	We hope you will all help by volunteering or becoming members of
the CDTA.
	 
	Bruce Ward
	Executive Director
	Continental Divide Trail Alliance
	PO Box 628 
	Pine, CO 80470
	 
	Tel.  303  838 3760
	Cell: 303 917 1476
	Fax: 303 838 3960
	 
	Shipping Address:
	CDTA
	13700 Highway 285
	Pine CO 80470
	 
	 

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	From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net
[mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Francis Tapon
	Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2007 1:57 PM
	To: CDT List
	Cc: Paul_Rau at blm.gov
	Subject: [cdt-l] 40 Miles of New Trail Around Rawlins
	
	
	I had the pleasure of being the first to hike the new, official
CDT path around Rawlins and I'd like to pass some tips/thoughts.
	 
	The official release is that it is 19 miles of new trail:
	 
	http://cdtrail.org/page.php?pname=news/article&article_id=41
	 
	But BLM matched each mile, so it's really more like 40 miles of
new trail. Kiss most of the dreaded roadwalk goodbye! 
	 
	Paul Rau, the BLM employee in charge of blazing the new trail,
has the next 90 days to blaze it. He gave me maps that show the new
trail. 
	 
	I cached the maps of the new CDT trail in the Great Basin Divide
at the spring that has a barrel with a knob that controls the flow. I
don't remember exactly where that spring is, but it's south of Jeffries
City and at least 40 miles north of Rawlins. 
	Jonathan Ley's map refers to the spring, which is right on the
trail, and Ley mentions the barrel. 
	 
	Sobos, please review the maps, take notes, and then leave them
there for other Sobos. I will pick them up in late Aug on my return
journey. 
	 
	Nobos will have a easier time finding the trail than Sobos
(assuming it's not marked by the time you come through). 
	 
	Nobo tips: 
	 
	* Just north of Eight Mile Lake (about 10-15 miles south of
Rawlins), you'll get to Rim Lake. 
	 
	* Rim Lake is really two small lakes, about the same size, next
to each other. Ley's maps show them, but doesn't have them labeled.
There is a restroom (no running water), picnic tables, and structure
that has a large roof and tables under it for parties.
	 
	* Head west, up the steep, but short hill. This puts you into a
valley which you will follow a two-track jeep road all the way north to
Rawlins. Although it forks a couple of times, just stay north or
northeast and you'll be fine. It will be impossible not to run into Hwy
80 if you're heading north. Rawlins will be slightly east of you.
	 
	* North of Rawlins, walk toward the BLM office on Hwy 287. After
passing the quarries, in about 2 miles break to the west and follow the
dirt road. This road runs parallel to the highway. It is just 0.75 miles
away from the highway, so you'll see cars, but they won't be on top of
you. 
	 
	* Follow this road until you get to "Mineral Road X." This road
runs Northeast/Southwest. 
	 
	* WATER CACHE: About 5 miles into it, you'll cross a cattle
guard. Stashed next to it, you'll find Trauma's water cache, with about
10 gallons of water. (Sobos, please carry out the empties since you're
just 17 miles from Rawlins at this point and the Nobos have a while to
go.)
	 
	* Follow the purple road on Ley's map that says it's 95% private
property. Ley wonders why the CDT doesn't go thru that trail, and now it
does.
	 
	* After the solar well (which has water), the trail resumes as
always.
	 
	Sobo tips: 
	 
	* Just reverse my directions, but here are some other tips.
	 
	* The maps are stashed at the spring with a barrel.
	 
	* I hope Paul marks the point when you have to climb out of the
valley to get to Rim Lake. If it's not marked when you get there, just
keep in mind that it's at a 3 way intersection and you'll be going east
up a small hill (about a 200 foot climb). When you get to the top of
that pass, you should see Rim Lake (two lakes, restroom, and structure
with a big roof) below you.
	 
	The new trail doesn't have water (except for Trama's water
cache, which you shouldn't depend on). 
	 
	Lastly, I left a pair of clean, white socks at the spring with a
barrel. If anyone finds them, please use the 2nd plastic bag that I left
the maps in (I double bagged them) and put the clean socks in that
second bag. I'll pick them up! Thank you!

	 
	 
	Happy trails,
	 
	Francis Tapon
	
	www.CDTyoyo.com
	 

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