NMVFO hiked 3 miles from Old Buckman Road on 2-track along the Rio Grande to Soda Springs Trail for a 3 day unsupported backpack project in the Santa Fe National Forest. The trail climbs from the river up to Sagebrush Flat, about 800 feet elevation change over 1.6 miles. Our campsite was up from the river a few hundred feet, to avoid the worst of the “lake effect” tent condensation at night.
We filtered water from the Rio Grande, pretty muddy looking, but our group filters worked well.
We did rock work, installed rolling dips, closed off user trail, and did plenty of lopping. This was one of the first trail projects where I needed to lop and remove sagebrush, my namesake.
Good views and good conversation were had by all.
Project Leader Mike, with Dennis, CJ, Christina, Ralph, Carlos, and Larry made this a super fun trip.