Workday – August 16th!

What we’ll be doing: Continue brush trimming, tread work, and similar trail maintenance on the Switchback Trail, mostly on the western end going upgrade from the shelter.  We may end up splitting a group out to go down the trail into the canyon below the Harkey Pedestrian Bridge to clear some piles of brush and branches left behind after some previous trail maintenance work. This area is high altitude, so it shouldn’t be too hot.  Be sure to bring drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and sturdy boots.  All tools will be provided. There’s work for all skill levels.

When/Where: Saturday, August 16th, 2014. Meet at 9 am; work until noon.  Meet at Bailey Canyon Rd (just 2 miles west of Cloudcroft, off Hwy 82) .  We plan to work until about noon (we will vacate early in the event of a thunderstorm).

We won’t be doing “heavy stuff,” so just about everybody can help.  The trail in general is in good shape because it sees a lot of hikers, but in many places, the weeds have narrowed the path to about 1 1/2 feet; supposed to be 3 to 4 feet wide, and some bushes/tree branches are crowding the walking area.  We plan on having a couple of gas driven weed eaters available to make clearing of the low weeds easier.

Thanks!

If you need any additional information, please call 575-520-9724 or e-mail nmrailtrails@gmail.com

Workday – April 26th (rescheduled from last week)

What we’ll be doing: We will be working be working the same area as last month — on the upper part of the Bridal Veil Falls Trail repairing erosion damage and improving erosion control on the railroad. We were hoping we’d have the necessary wood and hardware to begin rebuilding the large erosion control structure that was object of last work day’s demolition effort.  With that in mind we will start construction of a needed new culvert where an original culvert was thought to exist but has since disappeared.  We may also do some more trail maintenance in the area.  Be sure to bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and sturdy boots. All tools will be provided. We plan to work until noon.

When/Where: Saturday, April 19, 2014. Meet at 9 am; work until noon.  Meet at the upper trail head of the BVF Trail …directions below.  The work area is about 1/2 mile down-trail from that point.

Directions to the Bridal Veil Falls Upper Trail head from Hwy 82 in High Rolls (click this link for a Google map): 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, 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

Workday – April 19th!

What we’ll be doing: We will be working be working the same area as last month — on the upper part of the Bridal Veil Falls Trail repairing erosion damage and improving erosion control on the railroad We will have the necessary wood and hardware to begin rebuilding the large erosion control structure that was object of last work day’s demolition effort.  More of the original wood will need to be replaced than originally thought, so the total effort will be a little larger than initially anticipated.  We may also do some more trail maintenance in the area.  Be sure to bring your own drinking water, sun protection, work gloves and sturdy boots. All tools will be provided. We plan to work until noon.

When/Where: Saturday, April 19, 2014. Meet at 9 am; work until noon.  Meet at the upper trail head of the BVF Trail …directions below.  The work area is about 1/2 mile down-trail from that point.

Directions to the Bridal Veil Falls Upper Trail head from Hwy 82 in High Rolls (click this link for a Google map): 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, 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