[Cdt-l] Black Mountain Aldo Leopold route
david.booth at internode.on.net
Wed Mar 17 16:49:21 CDT 2010
I have decided to hike the alternative Aldo Leopold route. However, I
am a section hiker and I am departing NOBO in mid May, later than the
thru hikers. So I don't expect a snow problem in Black Mountains by
then. I believe the Gila would also be passable by then except it may
have flood damage.
I have researched the Black Mountain route and actually prefer to go
that way after resupply in San Lorenzo/Mimbres , resuming the hike at
Emory Pass, hiking through the Aldo Leopold wilderness and hitching
to Reserve at the northern end. Brett has some information on the GET
site for part of the route and Jonathan Ley's maps show the route. If
you hike the Columbus route it is possible to hike north from Emory
Pass on Trail 79 and join the official CDT route near Reed Peak. The
distance via this route Emory Pass to Highway 12 is around 160 miles,
so its a long carry, but a similar distance to the Wolf Gila route,
except Doc Campbells is an ideal resupply on the Gila Route. There is
no resupply town on the Black Mountains route. You could possibly use
the Hway 59 crossing as a resupply point where you could cache some
food or have a supporter meet you.
The area looks very remote and spectacular and I am looking forward
to this part of my CDT hike this year.
The snow map shows Black Mtn route has currently up to 75 inches in
the highest parts. (see link) This snowbound section is three days
at 8,000-10,000 ft.
The snow depth chart also shows high snow levels in the Gila are and
particularly in the San Juans in southern Colorado. Reports of over
90 inches at Wolf Creek pass in the last few weeks.
best regards to all
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