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

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 4 12:45:30 CDT 2012

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

Right. And a plane ticket. I was just trying to offer a little retrospective on my summer vacation. The old route around Lagunitas was the only route signed as the CDT, and the new route was a real head-scratcher (the part of it that I'd heard was finished and open). As I understand it, everybody else followed the old route. Would be really groovy to see a gpx track of how it all works.


--- On Tue, 9/4/12, Wingnut <wingnut.hiker at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Wingnut <wingnut.hiker at gmail.com>
Subject: RE: [Cdt-l] New Mexico Mapping Report and Trail Changes
To: "'Brett'" <blisterfree at yahoo.com>, cdt-l at backcountry.net
Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 1:12 PM

Should be no problem finding it with a gps and the new waypoints.    Wingnut  From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net] On Behalf Of Brett
Sent: Monday, September 03, 2012 5:15 PM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
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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