[Cdt-l] New Mexico Mapping Report and Trail Changes
PeekTrekker4 at aol.com
PeekTrekker4 at aol.com
Tue Sep 4 19:54:21 CDT 2012
I've done all of NM, but we're all extremely fortunately to have Jerry &
crews' work: maps & waypoints, and now a fair number of changes already.
Even when an intersection makes no sense at all, one misses a turn, or starts
down the wrong ridge the waypoints get one back on track fairly quickly.
Thanks Jerry & crew!
In a message dated 9/3/2012 6:15:13 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
blisterfree at yahoo.com writes:
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.
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