Socorro Signs

Seven volunteers from Socorro NM met up to install new metal trail signs on local BLM trails: Blue Canyon, Black Canyon, Descansos, Gramont, Dirt Wall, and one more.

For some signs we pounded in t-posts, and for others used existing t-posts.

Near the end of the project we enjoyed “burrito o’clock“, a tradition with Socorro volunteers.

A big thanks goes to the BLM Socorro Field Office, and all the volunteers.

Lasso Loop Race Setup 2023

Several volunteers help set up the race course for the New Mexico Interscholastic Cycling League NMICL state finals racing at the recently-built Lasso Loop Trail, next to the Socorro Rodeo Grounds.

We pounded stakes into the ground, and placed PVC pipe over the stakes, and zip-tied snow fencing to direct the start and finish of the race and for crowd control. Volunteers also strung flagging tape, and set up canopies for check-in, first-aid, and refreshment.

Though not a biker myself (yet), it is gratifying to see our trail get used by a worthy organization.

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CDT Segment 86 2023

Waiting until the last possible days before my trail adopter report was due, I finally allocated time to visit my adopted section of the Continental Divide Trail south of Pie Town in the northernmost reaches of the Gila National Forest.

Most hikers bypass this segment for the alternate more direct route into Pie Town, so grass is taking over the tread, both on the northern and southern ends. I scrape a few sections, but the adopted segment is 11 miles long.

Juniper in this area eventually topple onto the trail, succumbing to old age, and I clear 20 deadfalls. A recent rain shows that the water bars and rolling dips are working well to divert water from the trail. More should be added in the center third of the segment.

Camping out is complicated by lack of working water sources. Perhaps caching water will be necessary on the next visit.

My pie at the Pie-O-Neer this visit is blueberry-almond.

In Datil, the next town to the east, I observe an old-looking sign not noticed before.