My adopted segment of the Continental Divide Trail welcomed me with an overnight backpack visit, after parking at the northern terminus at Surprise Tank. Most of the first day was spent clearing from the tread a low-growing opportunistic shrub, rabbitbush, currently in bloom, using a pick-mattock and hand pulling.
Hiking to the southern end by early evening, I observed that short sections on both ends of the segment were being hidden by grass growing in the tread. Perhaps not enough hikers are on trail here– most thru-hikers take the road alternate into Pie Town.
Volunteers from NMVFO met to cut deadfalls along Ox Canyon Trail in the Manzanos this weekend. Most came Friday night and camped out, but I had to join Saturday morning for breakfast, hosted by our cook Bronwyn.
Ox Canyon had gentle grades with well-engineered switchbacks, and might be the easiest trail to get to the Crest Trail of the Manzanos. Seven of us leap-frogged clearing dead trees from the trail until lunch, when two split off to handle a small number of deadfall along the crest between Ox and Red Canyon.
Jennifer, our volunteer coordinator from Santa Fe National Forest, led a one-day first aid class for volunteers from NMVFO and the USFS volunteer program at Little Tesuque picnic pavilion along Hyde Park Road north of Santa Fe. Participants had already completed hours of on-line instruction, and today was in-person practice with treatment scenarios.