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| Betsy, there is no official route through much of New Mexico, and much
that
| is "official" you really don't want to do.  There are routes shown on the
| BLM maps that don't exist on the ground, and official stretches (in the
| Gila) that haven't been maintained in years. The map we got from the
Forest
| Service showed incomplete sections there, even though that was one of the
| first stretches of trail to be designated. There is one "official" section
| through the Malpais that even the BLM (which managed it) told us not to
| take, as it it was 40 miles waterless.  That may have changed, but that
was
| the situation when we went through there.  I suggest you join CDTS and get
a
| copy of Jim Wolf's recommended New Mexico Route.  We followed his route
| through northern New Mexico (a good route, we thought) and followed
| generally his route through southern New Mexico -- with some variations.
I
| can send you information on our route and some alternatives we researched,
| if you like. Dividends (the CDTS newsletter) gives alternate routes and
| updates on the existing routes.  Another alternative is to contact the
| Mountain Club of New Mexico (they have a web site).  They did a trail
| reroute last year of the 50 mile stretch south of Cuba.
|
| Don't worry about "official" or not official.  One of the great
attractions
| of the CDT is that you can pick your own route so that you make the hike
| what you want it to be.  There is a tremendous freedom to that.  Purism is
a
| non-issue out there.
|
| Ginny
| (CDT 99)
|
| >Just joined the CDT list. I have been lurking on the AT list for awhile,
| >but
| >seem to have more occasion to cross paths with the CDT. I have been
| >backpacking off and on for some years, usually on short trips. I did a
| >short
| >section of the AT last spring. I would like to do some section hiking of
| >the
| >CDT, but am having trouble finding info on the route in New Mexico. How
can
| >I find maps, a route description, designated corridor, or whatever passes
| >for the "official" route in N.M.? I would like to do some winter hiking
in
| >the desert. Also, is there a list archive for the CDT-L on the web
| >somewhere? Thanks for reading.
| >
| >B.D.
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