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Re: [CDT-L] NM Mountain Club

Charlie -
It's good to hear from you again.  It's been a few days and a lot of miles 
since the water spigots at Cabezon.  A number of other people have also told 
us that they couldn't find Barrel Spring either.  It would certainly be a 
good idea to take the sign down.  Any ideas about how to delete it from the 
maps as well?  BLM and the Forest Service seem to have no problem with 
deleting things they don't consider important from the maps - it shouldn't 
be any big deal to delete a spring that doesn't seem to exist.  Anyway, I 
wanted to say hello - and thank you for your (collective) efforts on the 
trail.  It's nice to know someone cares.

Walk softly,
Jim & Ginny
(Spirit Eagle)

>From: CMcdon1039@aol.com
>To: cdt-l@backcountry.net
>Subject: [CDT-L] NM Mountain Club
>Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 22:03:41 EST
>The web site address for the New Mexico Mountain Club given in a recent
>posting is correct.  The address is 
>  If you want to go to this site to find out about our club, that will be
>great; but the site has minimal information about the CDT.
>The New Mexico Mountain Club is working on a non-road route for the CDT 
>the north boundary of the Cibola National Forest north of Mount Taylor to 
>town of Cuba.  We have cleared and cairned 30 miles of this 54-mile stretch
>starting at the national forest boundary northward to Deadman Peaks.  We 
>done some tread-work where there is rocky or steep terrain and we have 
>pass-throughs for all the fences that don't have gates.  However, it will 
>many years before tread is in place for our entire segment.  Our segment is 
>scenic alternative to the present road route and it provides convenient
>access to clean water sources.  The water sources for the first 30 miles 
>Ojo de los Indios, Ojo Frio, and piped well water adjacent to Arroyo de los
>Cerro Colorados.  The 20 miles of trail not yet done will go past Jones
>Canyon Spring and Smoky Spring.  Our route comes back to or crosses the 
>route at several places.  Presently, it comes back to the road route and 
>just south of Deadman Peaks.  From Deadman Peaks northward to Cuba, I would
>recommend Jim Wolf's route for now.  Those wanting to know more details 
>this segment of the CDT are welcome to contact me.
>It appears from recent postings that the road sign marking Barrel Springs 
>confused several hikers.  I, like others, have been unable to find this
>spring.  The 1:24,000 topo quad shows the spring to be about a mile from 
>road sign on a steep brushy hillside.  Even if the spring is reliable, 
>is no easy access to it.  I will tell BLM that the sign is confusing to CDT
>hikers and perhaps they will take it down.
>Charlie McDonald
>New Mexico Mountain Club
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