Sandia Ellis Trail 2019

The NMVFO held a trail building project from Friday July 26 to Monday in the Sandia Mountains, car camping (after two changes of venue in planning) at Capulin Snow Play Area and working on the nearby Ellis Trail.

The Play Area had a shelter that proved useful to hide from rain the first evening.

Trail work involved several small re-routes on heavily traveled path, so extra care was taken to engineer a maintainable tread.

Much rock work happened.

Christina and Nick were project cooks for the first time, doing a first-rate job.

Along with agency lead Kerry and project leader Jenny, we were joined by Mike T, Mark, Nick, Christina, Jake (joining us from Las Cruces !), Spencer, and for one day Mike, Chris, Kasey, and Jim.

Author: Jim, Sagebrush

Jim (trail-name Sagebrush) codes audio software for Windows, Linux, Android, and embedded systems. When not working at, he enjoys backpacking, which this blog is about.