Chain of Craters Project, June 15 & 16, "1 – 2 Pulaskis rating" (Somewhat more physically challenging work.)
The Continental Divide Trail is the newest and the longest north-south trail in the United States. It’s 3,100 miles long, takes 5 months or more to hike and, most importantly, it needs your help. We’ll be working on a section that winds around the Chain of Craters, now extinct volcanoes south of Grants and west of El Malpais. Our job will be to improve tread and the rebuild rock cairns on this flat section of trail which, fortunately, is NOT on lava. We’ll be providing sumptuous Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. You should bring lunch and snacks, the usual of hats, gloves and sunscreen, plenty of water and whatever beverages you desire.
To get to the campsite take I-40 west toward Grants and get off at Exit 89 marked for Quemado and Highway 117. Turn left on 117 and drive south, passing the BLM Ranger Station (we’ll have water at the campsite but this is the last chance for you to top off), the Joe Skeen Campground and the Zuni-Acoma trailhead. Stay on 117 as it bears right and passes by County Road 41for Pie Town. About 2 miles farther or 33 miles south of I-40 turn right on a gravel road marked for County Road 42 and a BLM Scenic Byway. Ignore a road off to the right about 2 ½ miles in and continue on County Road 42 a total of about nine miles to the campsite which is at the base of Cerro Brillante, the first of the Craters.
To sign up or if you have questions or want more information, contact Jim Scanlon at [masked] or[masked]-0517. Please sign-up by Sunday, June 9. See you on the CDT. Be sure to call or email Jim, the Project Leader, as soon as you RSVP so he can coordinate a running count with the VFO cook and the BLM.