Work Day – Feb 21st!

What we’ll be doing

We’ll be continuing the work we started last month at the mouth of Labrocita Canyon just above La Luz.

The original rail bed runs through two private properties (we have easements in place with the owners of the land, so we’re all legal for public access) and we’ll be taking on the task of transforming the original rail bed into a usable hiking trail where needed. We’ll be working the same piece of property we started last month and possibly starting on the second stretch of property. A lot of the rail bed is in pretty decent shape, but a lot is not. We have some major work ahead of us in the months to come. We’ll be coordinating with the city and Forest Service and, as always, the Forest Service will be providing us with support.

Be sure and bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and study boots.  As always there will be work for all skill level and ages.

When/Where: Saturday, February 21st, 2015. Meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Directions to the La Luz Creek area where we’ll start from the main intersection in La Luz (click this link for a Google map)

Driving Directions

Drive to the center of La Luz (the three-way intersection of La Luz Road/Main Street and Alamo Street) and then do EITHER of the following:

– Drive south about 50 feet and turn east on to Section Road.
– Travel east on Section Road 1.1 miles to just before you cross La Luz Creek…  YOU ARE THERE! Park along the side of the road.

OR

– Drive north on Main Street (leave La Luz) about 1.9 miles and turn east onto Labrocita Canyon Road.
– Travel 1.4 miles up Labrocita Cayon Road to the cut off that crosses La Luz Creek (south side of the road).
– Cross the creek…  YOU ARE THERE! Park along the side of the road.

Thanks!

If you need any additional information, please call 575-434-1949 (ask for Grady) or e-mail nmrailtrails@gmail.com

JANUARY 2015 WORKDAY SUCCESS

We had a PHENOMENAL work day last Saturday! We ended up with 24 volunteers (including two Forest Service representatives) so we got a lot accomplished!

  • We worked on the Clarke private property (through which we have a legal easement in place for public access) down at the mouth of Laborcita Canyon outside La Luz.
  • We filled most (not all) of the holes caused by the old water line failures.
  • Cleaned rocks and weeds from most of the rail bed (though there’s more to do).
  • We worked on most of the old wood culverts — cleaning out the input sides — we have more to do with those.
  • MAJOR IMPROVEMENT: We routed the rail bed around one of the more dangerous spots near the end of the property.

MORE TO DO IN THE FUTURE

  • More tree and culvert prep (amongst other various tasks)
  • The entire south side of the rail bed needs to be ditched for erosion control
  • Other moderately dangerous area (more holes) will need some serious work

Thanks everyone for coming out!

 

Jan 2014 volunteer trail workday - Culvert work

Culvert work

 

Jan 2015 volunteer work day - cleaning up the rail bed

Cleaning up the rail bed!

 

Jan 2015 volunteer work day - rail bed tread work

Tread work

As always, we’ve got many more photos! Check them out on our official Flickr page!

Work Day – Jan 24th!

It’s a new year and after taking December off we’re back in action with some NEW projects!

What we’ll be doing

To start the new year we’ll be working on two pieces of privately owned lands at the mouth of Labrocita Canyon just above La Luz.

The original railed runs through these two properties (we have easements in place with the owners of the land, so we’re all legal for public access) and we’ll be taking on the task of transforming the original rail bed into a usable hiking trail where needed. A lot of the rail bed is in pretty decent shape, but a lot is not. We have some major work ahead of us in the months to come. We’ll be coordinating with the city and Forest Service and, as always, the Forest Service will be providing us with support.

Be sure and bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and study boots.  As always there will be work for all skill level and ages.

When/Where: Saturday, January 24th, 2015. Meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Directions to the La Luz Creek area where we’ll start from the main intersection in La Luz (click this link for a Google map)

Driving Directions

Drive to the center of La Luz (the three-way intersection of La Luz Road/Main Street and Alamo Street) and then do EITHER of the following:

– Drive south about 50 feet and turn east on to Section Road.
– Travel east on Section Road 1.1 miles to just before you cross La Luz Creek…  YOU ARE THERE! Park along the side of the road.

OR

– Drive north on Main Street (leave La Luz) about 1.9 miles and turn east onto Labrocita Canyon Road.
– Travel 1.4 miles up Labrocita Cayon Road to the cut off that crosses La Luz Creek (south side of the road).
– Cross the creek…  YOU ARE THERE! Park along the side of the road.

Thanks!

If you need any additional information, please call 575-434-1949 (ask for Grady) or e-mail nmrailtrails@gmail.com

Work Day – Nov 15th!

What we’ll be doing: We will continue (again) the work on the upper part of the Bridal Veil Falls trail (south side). This may be the LAST time we work this area until next fall. We’ve done a lot with this area so far so let’s finish strong! The Forest Service will provide us with more excavator work that will need to be groomed and there’s some general trail and culvert maintenance that needs to be taken care of. The weather forecast looks good so far for the work day but be sure and check it the day before so you can dress appropriately. As always, all tools will be provided!

Be sure and bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and study boots.  As always there will be work for all skill level and ages.

When/Where: Saturday, November 15th, 2014. Meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon. Meet at the upper trailhead of the Bridal Veil Falls trail. A link to the map and further directions are below if you need them. The work area will be about 1/2 mile down trail from where we’ll meet.

Directions to the Bridal Veil Falls Upper Trail head from Hwy 82 in High Rolls (click this link for a Google map):  From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn north at the High Rolls General store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for .3 miles, the west (left) at the stop sign onto Cottage Row. Drive .45 miles and turn north (right) onto Fresnal Canyon Road and travel .9 miles to the upper trailhead on the left. This is also the location of the lower trail head of the Grand View Trail.

If didn’t join us over the last several months and you’ve never been to Bridal Veil Falls, this is another great opportunity!

Thanks!

If you need any additional information, please call 575-434-1949 (ask for Grady) or e-mail nmrailtrails@gmail.com

Work Day – Oct 18th!

What we’ll be doing: we will continue the work on the upper part of the Bridal Veil Falls trail (south side). The Forest Service has just completed some more ditching along the trail bed using their excavator and we need to theadjusting and clean up to provide the proper erosion control. The trail saw a lot of erosion damage this past summer. All tools will be provided!

Be sure and bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and study boots. Depending on how the weather looks on Saturday, you may want to bring rain gear as well. As always there will be work for all skill level and ages.

When/Where: Saturday, October 18, 2014. Meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon. Meet at the upper trailhead of the Bridal Veil Falls trail. A link to the map and further directions are below if you need them. The work area will be about 1/2 mile down trail from where we’ll meet.

Directions to the Bridal Veil Falls Upper Trail head from Hwy 82 in High Rolls (click this link for a Google map):  WARNING! The Apple Festival will be going on the weekend of the work day! We suggest you leave just a bit earlier than normal to make it to the meet up on time. Also, consider the slightly different route than what you may normally take (link to the alternate route in Google Maps above): The Harris Hollow gate is north of High Rolls. From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn north at the High Rolls General store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for .3 miles then turn RIGHT (east) at the stop sign at Cottage Row. Very soon after you take that right, take a sharp LEFT onto Railroad Drive for about .5 miles and turn right (north) onto Fresnal Canyon Road and travel .9 miles to the upper trailhead on the left. This is also the location of the lower trail head of the Grand View trail.

If you’re coming from the Alamogordo area, it may be wise to head over to La Luz and take Laborcita Canyon Road to Fresnal Canyon Road to avoid the Apple Festival altogether! Link to a Google Map showing that route – from La Luz to the Harris Hollow gate HERE

Thanks!

If you need any additional information, please call 575-434-1949 (ask for Grady) or e-mail nmrailtrails@gmail.com

Work Day – Sept 20th!

What we’ll be doing: We’ve decided to continue the work we started earlier this year on the upper part (south side) of the Bridal Veil Falls trail. We’ll be repairing erosion damage and improving erosion control on the rail bed. We’ll also be making some improvements on a culvert we installed some time back. As always, we’ll of course be doing any general maintenance and brush trimming the trail may be in need of. All tools will be provided!

Be sure and bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and study boots. Depending on how the weather looks on Saturday, you may want to bring rain gear as well. As always there will be work for all skill level and ages.

When/Where: Saturday, September 20, 2014. Meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon. Meet at the upper trailhead of the Bridal Veil Falls trail. A link to the map and further directions are below if you need them. The work area will be about 1/2 mile down trail from where we’ll meet.

Directions to the Bridal Veil Falls Upper Trail head from Hwy 82 in High Rolls (click this link for a Google map):  From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn north at the High Rolls General store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for .3 miles, the west (left) at the stop sign onto Cottage Row. Drive .45 miles and turn north (right) onto Fresnal Canyon Road and travel .9 miles to the upper trailhead on the left. This is also the location of the lower trail head of the Grand View Trail.

If didn’t join us over the last couple of months and you’ve never been to Bridal Veil Falls, this is another great opportunity!

Thanks!

If you need any additional information, please call 575-434-1949 (ask for Grady) or e-mail nmrailtrails@gmail.com

Shortcut to the Trestle Weekend Schedule!!!

A few folks have asked me, “Why aren’t the shortcut to the trestle dates and hours posted on the NMRTA website?” Well, the short answer is that I wasn’t thinking, t forgot and should have done this a long time ago.

SO, here are the remaining Shortcut to the Mexican Canyon Trestle weekends! The hours the gate will be open are 9am till sometime after 4pm (generally dusk on Saturdays and around 4pm on Sundays).

August 23-24

Sep 6-7

Sep 13-14

And that’s it! We’ll be closing the cabin and shortcut down for the winter. We certainly expect it to be open again next summer and every summer thereafter! Please stop by, say hi, enjoy the view, and cut about 15 minutes off the hike to the Mexican Canyon Trestle (and it’s a much EASIER hike with the shortcut as well!)