[Cdt-l] New Mexico Mapping Report and Trail Changes

Wingnut wingnut.hiker at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 12:12:03 CDT 2012

Should be no problem finding it with a gps and the new waypoints.  




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Sent: Monday, September 03, 2012 5:15 PM
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Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] New Mexico Mapping Report and Trail Changes


It's hard to tell just going by waypoint names in Bearcreek's description,
but in the event that the new trail around Lagunitas CG was not discussed,
note that (as of June) this was still unsigned and a little tricky to
follow. In fact, I couldn't find any sign of the trail upon reaching Upper
Lagunitas (after the initial climb above the lake, where the trail sort of
reaches a dead-end dirt road turnabout). Had to bushwhack north a hundred
yards or so until stumbling on the trail again, which looked as though that
part hadn't been worked in a year or two. No idea where the trail was coming
from. Again, no signage anywhere in this vicinity, nor at the cairned
crossing of the dirt road south of Brazos Ridge, nor the eventual
termination of new trail nearly at Brazos Ridge. I realize this is a work in
progress, but southbounders are unlikely to find or use it this fall unless
signed or otherwise highlighted here or wherever. There are good views (for
a little while) closer to the Lagunitas end, with outlooks toward San
Antonio Mountain and the distant Sangre de Cristo Mountains. 

The new trail approaching Hopewell Lake nobo seemed to do a lot of needless
meandering, coming back to nearly kiss the familiar graded dirt road, then
veering away, only to return again. It also needs waterbars in a serious
way, at least during springtime.

It'll be interesting to see whether the caterpillar-defoliated aspens in
this area were able to regenerate over the summer. Will sobo hikers tread
upon freshly-fallen leaves or just shriveled caterpillar husks? A local
rancher had indicated that the trees did, in fact, successfully green up
again last year, so here's to hoping.

- Brett


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