February Workday Postponed to 2/24/18

We are postponing our workday one week to Saturday, 2/24/18, same time, same place.

There is a high prediction of rain for Thursday and Friday, and some prediction for Saturday.  We could probably do the erosion control work OK, but part of the plan was to start water sealing the exposed wood on the several culverts in the area and also on the “42 Steps.”  Water sealing wet wood with a chilly treatment isn’t recommended.  We hope this does not cause an inconvenience,  and that you can make the 2/24 date.

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February Workday 2/17/18

It’s almost the third Saturday of the month again… and that means NMRTA workday!

WHAT WE WILL BE DOING:  We will be continuing work on the Salado Canyon Trail – clearing, repairing and treating wooden culverts; building water bars and doing general trail improvements.  Light to heavy work… something for all.  Bring water, gloves, sun protection, sturdy shoes and a jacket (and maybe rain protection – just in case).  We had a great workday last month and got a lot of quality work done, but it is a long trail!

WHEN:  Saturday February 17, 2018, 9 am… work until noon

WHERESalado Canyon Trail Head (T-128)   To get there… from the Cherry Festival location in High Rolls, travel North on Fresnel Canyon Rd 2.1 miles to “Where the power lines cross the road.”

 

NOTES:

  • Light to heavy work… something for all skill levels and experience (and lack of experience).
  • Tools furnished.  Be sure and bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and study shoes.
  • And, bring light rain gear… some possibility of a shower.

NATIONAL TRAILS DAY & Poker Hike!

On National Trails Day, Saturday,  June 3, the New Mexico Rails-to-Trails Association will open the Bonnie Brooks property for viewing the area’s newest historical site, BONNIE’S TRESTLE, currently undergoing restoration. Besides a close-up view of the trestle work, the property also offers a walk to the Mexican Canyon Trestle over a near-pristine section of original railbed not often available to the public. Gates are open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with refreshments and displays available at Bonnie’s cabin, near the trestle. To access the venue, start from the Depot at the Trestle Recreation Area in Cloudcroft, and follow the signs to Bonnie’s Trestle. The area will also be open on Sunday the 4th, and three weekends during the summer season, July 8 & 9, August 5 & 6, and September 9 & 10.

And, if you want to add some adventure to your Saturday, join the free Poker Hike that Rails-to-Trails is also sponsoring in conjunction with the Brooks property opening.  The hike is only 1.3 miles long – perfect for a family. Start any time between 9 am and 11 am at the Trestle Recreation Area, and turn your poker hand in at the 5th and last stop – Bonnie’s cabin – any time before 12:30 pm. Winners will be announced at 12:45 pm, with prizes for the three best 5-card poker hands. Winners need NOT be present! This is not a race – winning is strictly by chance. Take your time and enjoy the hike.

Volunteer Work Day – November 19th!

What we’ll be doing

We will be working on and around the Salado Canyon Trestle area, same as last month’s workday:

  • Replacing more tread boards
  • Continue weather-proofing trestle members
  • Correcting nearby erosion problems
  • Performing weed-control

Again, we will have shirts and caps with the NEW NM Rails-to-Trails Association logo on sale when we gather up!

When & Where for the Work day

Saturday, November 19th, 2016. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Driving Directions

From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn North at the High Rolls Store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for about 0.2 mi then turn West (left) at the stop sign onto Cottage Row. Drive 0.45 mi and turn North (right) onto Fresnal Canyon Road. Follow Fresnal Canyon Road downhill approximately 2.1 miles to the Trailhead. Look for the parking area on the right where the power lines cross the road.

Click here or map image for Google map directions from the Highway 82 in High Rolls up to the Salado Canyon Trailhead.

Volunteer Work Day – October 15th!

What we’ll be doing

We’re going to be working an area we haven’t worked in a while and hope that you can join us!
We’ll be heading out on and around the fantastic Salado Canyon Trestle area:

  • Replacing some tread boards
  • Tightening loose hardware
  • Weather-proofing trestle members
  • Correcting some nearby erosion problems
  • Performing weed-control downhill from the trestle

Again, we will have shirts and caps with the NEW NM Rails-to-Trails Association logo on sale when we gather up!

When & Where for the Work day

Saturday, October 15th, 2016. We’ll meet at 9am and we’ll work until noon.

Driving Directions

From Hwy 82 in High Rolls, turn North at the High Rolls Store onto Cherry Blossom Lane for about 0.2 mi then turn West (left) at the stop sign onto Cottage Row. Drive 0.45 mi and turn North (right) onto Fresnal Canyon Road. Follow Fresnal Canyon Road downhill approximately 2.1 miles to the Trailhead. Look for the parking area on the right where the power lines cross the road.

Click here or map image for Google map directions from the Highway 82 in High Rolls up to the Salado Canyon Trailhead.