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Manzano Mountains Crest Trail Project August 3/4

 

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]-0517.  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.

 

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  • Jennifer V.

    Well done. Thanks to Gary and Bob for awesome food and to everyone for their hospitality and willingness to share their trail knowledge with us newbies.

    August 4, 2013

  • Chris F.

    Amazing views from the peak! The "south trail group" had a hard, but extremely rewarding day. Several areas along the trail were completely impassable due to down trees ranging from 12 to 24 inches diameter. We have opened the trail from the towers to about 2 miles in. Although the crew was really tired on the hike out, we could all tell that we had really made a difference in trail quality. There's still more work to be done and I hope to go back next year and finish what we've started.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Vidya

    Tentative at this point

    July 28, 2013

  • jackie

    The project is on! Jim, project leader, would like to get emails from Deborah, Jennifer, C.K., and Vidya to set up contact. His meetup connection isn't working right now. Please email him.

    July 21, 2013

  • Deborah May M.

    With the Sandia and Manzano mountains closing on June 10th is the Capilla event still on?

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So we are camping in our tents right? Or can we car camp?

    May 25, 2013

    • Chris F.

      Accidently hit enter... anyway, June 1st, next weekend at Hyde Park fo Nat'l Trails Day. If your interested, please sign up through REI Santa Fe and email Barb Hoehne (also see the Meetup info).

      May 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Chris...helpful info.

      May 25, 2013

  • Jim W.

    Jill -- I'm not the project leader but I visited the project site with the project leader, Jim Scanlon, when he met with the Forest Service people to scout the area. You can pitch a tent or sleep in a vehicle or under the stars. There are three (???) shelters with picnic tables and cement pads. There also are tent sites. Typically, we fan out into the wood and pick "perfect" spots for our tents. There will be some shady sites, if that's what you choose.
    And like Chris suggests, the VFO website is useful and valuable, for newcomers as well as for veterans...........

    May 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info!

      May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Everyone, This is my very first meet-up group as well as helping repair/work in the forest. I just love digging in the dirt, and moving things around outside. I can't wait!!!!

    May 25, 2013

  • Vidya

    Tentative at this point

    May 7, 2013

  • Deborah May M.

    This sounds great!!!!

    May 2, 2013

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