[Cdt-l] Chama, nm parking

BCSS bcss at bresnan.net
Thu May 14 17:23:03 CDT 2015


Not sure about the car.  Check with the Motels.  (Del Prado is probably a good bet)

The trail is very easy to find at Cumbres Pass.  It comes under a trestle on the north side of the road.  It is well marked - at least it was when I was there. 

You could send supplies to Ghost Ranch.  Check with them.

I am a bit skeptical of your plan - there will probably be a lot of snow between Cumbres Pass and Hopewell Lake, which is about 45 miles.  Much of the route varies in elevation between 10,500' and 10,900'.  When there is a lot of snow in there the trail is covered and hard to find so you should be prepared to navigate through with a GPS.  SNOTEL shows Cumbres Trestle, which is just barely above 10,000', to have 24" of snow right now.  You might consider starting at Hopewell Lake. 

best wishes,
 
Jerry Brown
Bear Creek Survey Service, LLC
3065 East 2nd Avenue
Durango, CO 81301
bcss at bresnan.net
www.bearcreeksurvey.com
 
 

> On May 14, 2015, at 3:27 PM, michelle bracht <mbracht at live.com> wrote:
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> I just learned this morning that I will have 2 weeks off.  Therefore I am woefully unprepared for the hike I will start this Saturday. I has intended on Colorado in June but I guess it will be Cumbres Pass to Cuba in May.
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> Does anyone know:
> 1)is there a safe place to leave my car in Cuba? 
> 2)how difficult is it to find the Cumbres  Pass TH
> 3)is there any place along the way I can mail supplies to?
> 
> Thanks for any help. I would have liked to have researched this better on my own but the opportunity was very sudden.
> 
> Michelle 
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> We are section hikers heading south from Canada for several years. This year we start at Twin Lakes and hope to head as far south as Chama or Ghost Ranch. I have found some references to public transportation to Albuquerque from Chama, but does anyone know if there is public transportation from Ghost Ranch? Or have an opinion as to which is better or even have better alternatives? We could leave from Albuquerque or Santa Fe. We are completely unfamiliar with this area so any suggestions would be appreciated! 
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