MANZANO MOUNTAINS Crest Trail Project – August 3-4
The views are, gulp, breathtaking. No wonder since we’ll be working and camping at a cool 8,600 feet with vistas of the plains and the Rio Grande River some 3,000 feet below. Our job will be to tackle a section of the Crest Trail which runs a total of 22 miles from north to south. We’ll be improving tread, clearing blowdown and building cairns. There’s plenty of work for first timers and veterans. Julia Child award winning chef, Gary Holcomb, will be providing Saturday and Sunday breakfast along with Saturday dinner. And to give you a sneak preview, dinner will be Plow Disk Chicken Stir Fry, Steamed Broccoli, Dinner Rolls with Honey and a Peach Cobbler dessert.
There will be water available for cooking and washing, but please bring enough for your own needs. Also include for yourself Friday dinner and Saturday lunch along with snacks, adult beverages if you like, hats, gloves, sunscreen and clothing for just about any weather.
To reach the campsite at Capilla Peak from Albuquerque take I-40 east and exit onto Hwy. 337 at Tijeras. Drive south 29 miles to a T which is the junction with Hwy 55. Turn right and follow 55 about 12 miles to the town of Manzano. Turn right on Forest Road 245 signed for New Canyon and Capilla Peak (coming from the north the sign will be just after the turn. Look for our green signs). Follow the well graded dirt road as it climbs about 9 miles to the Capilla Peak Camground. Those coming from Santa Fe can take scenic route 14 to Tijeras or take I-25 to I-40. If you’re coming from another direction, please contact the project leader for directions.
If you would like to sign-up or just want more information, contact Jim Scanlon at [masked] or [masked]. Please RSVP by Sunday, July 28. See you on the crest of the Manzanos.
When you RSVP, you must let Jim, the Project Leader, know you are coming by emailing or calling him. He has to coordinate the count of participants from all sources, plan for food on a budget and keep the Forest Service up to speed on the numbers.