[Cdt-l] 11 miles of new trail open in Carson Forest Northern NM Seg 31

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Tue May 1 14:45:47 CDT 2012

Jim and all,


The Brazos Ridge stuff is the part left off of the new map on the website.
(Mile 5.6 - 9.0) I think people should roadwalk around this part until it is
finished.  I intend to go over there this summer and do a final "as built"
trace which will show up on the maps next spring.


Snow is melting fast in the San Juans and the past month has been
unseasonably dry.  This is one year when the Weminuche may be a reasonable
NOBO hike.  


best wishes,


Jerry Brown

(970) 403-3527    Cell: (970) 749-0496

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From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
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Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2012 1:08 PM
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Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] 11 miles of new trail open in Carson Forest Northern NM
Seg 31


ca 10/1/10, I met Jerry and the mapping crew after dark in Lagunitas
Campground.  Jerry, thanks for the water.  The new trail was nearly



Thanks for the update and glad to hear the trail was completed during the
pcta turmoil.  


I encourage thru hikers to hike the new trail and give their feedback to
Ley.  In a very limited survey, it seems that most hikers are still taking
the roads from near  Lagunitas Campground to Cumbrus Pass.  

I think this relo is good, but it does have some characteristics of ones
that are slow to be adopted by the thru community.  Some of the trail at the
top of Brazos Ridge is just fiberglass stakes in the ground.  The footing is
good, but not as good as the road.  In two years I did not see a single
vehicle on the road and the campground road is just as likely to have
traffic, although for a much shorter distance.  Of course for nobos, you may
not see much of the upper road under the snow.  When on top of the ridge,
the snow was firm and we essentially took the new trail.  

Jim / Rambler


Date: Tue, 1 May 2012 10:15:48 -0600 

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Subject: [Cdt-l] 11 miles of new trail open in Carson Forest,

        NM Seg 31 

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Maps 107 and 108, Segment 31, North of Lagunitas Campground.   




New trail has been built to get the route off of roads north of Lagunitas 

campground.  Walk north through the campground to access.  This is built all

the way to the overlook at mile 5.6.  Once the overlook is reached, follow 

the road to mile 9.0 then resume again on new trail. Rejoin the old route at

about mile 14.0.  Trail crews will be working on the piece between mile 5.6 

and 9.0.  If you see new trail continuing north past mile 5.6, it will 

probably end up being a bushwhack. (don't follow it)  It probably will be 

done when the SOBO group reaches NM next fall.   




Provisional maps showing the new trail are on the Bearcreek website.  If you

are NOBO now, try to retrieve and print these maps before you reach Segment 





best wishes, 




Jerry Brown 


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