North Baldy Trail #8 2023

Volunteers with Socorro Trails / NMT Bike Club lopped brush along North Baldy Trail, after being shuttled from Hop Canyon Trailhead to the south end of the trail up the rather exciting Water Canyon Rd / FR235.

We worked along the trail all day, lopping Gambel oak and “catsclaw”, and eventually descended on Hop Canyon #25A, an 8 mile trip.

North Baldy Trail follows along a high ridge, and we were treated to excellent views on both sides.

Heart-felt thanks to all the volunteers who came out to help.

Juan Tomas 2023

About 20 volunteers from NMVFO joined 4 Albuquerque Open Space staff to build 0.2 miles of new trail in the Juan Tomas Open Space on the east side of the Sandia Mountains.

After roughing out trail with pick-mattocks through Gambel oak and pine, we used McLepds to make finishing passes on tread.

Afterwards. volunteers were invited to rehydrate and socialize at Don and Deb’s place, less than a mile away.

This is a continuation of projects from several previous years.

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Stewart Lake Backpack 2023

Six NMVFO volunteers hiked up Windsor Ridge Trail #271 from Cowles to Stewart Lake in the Pecos Wilderness, and camped for 4 days to do trail work between Stewart Lake and Spirit Lake, and beyond on Winsor and Skyline trails. The Pecos Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen carried tools and equipment to the group camping site at Stewart, and back down at the end of the project.

We started with a rock-work project, placing boulders as stepping stones in a stream, using a rock web.

Most of our work was clearing deadfall, with a 2-person crosscut saw and Katana-Boys.

Good team, good conversations at camp.