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[cdt-l] CDT in New Mexico


I just currently completed the Ghost Ranch to Cumbres section of the CDT 
(through the TA) and had absolutely no ill encounters.  On the contrary, I 
found the people of New Mexico, including those in and around the TA, to be 
totally amicable and friendly.  They were all very interested in my hike and 
were more than willing to give me advice as to water, directions, where the 
best restaraunt in Chama is and where, etc.  To anyone hiking through the 
region:  It would be a travesty and a mistake to hike the highway from Ghost 
Ranch to Chama.  The route through the Carson and the TA is stunningly 
beautiful and lush (especially to those of us who have spent the last month 
dealing with the heat and aridity of the trail south of there).  Coming out 
of the Box Canyon (arroyo del Yeso) and up onto the verdant ridges of the 
Carson NF was a highlight of my ongoing trip.

--Soren Jespersen

>From: "David Patterson" <wr_ddp@hotmail.com>
>Reply-To: cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net
>To: cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net
>Subject: Re: [cdt-l] CDT in New Mexico
>Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 19:13:40
>Thanks for the post and link. Just curious, has anyone had any difficulty 
>adversarial encounters while hiking through the TA? My personal experiences
>with the locals have been nothing but positive. It seems that these land
>issues are much larger than the CDT. However, it would be wise to resolve
>them prior to designating an official trail in the Carson Forest. Perhaps
>this section could be one of the few incomplete sections that remain
>Hikers should also be aware that whether or not they support ranching there
>is a movement to remove cattle from our National Forests. Hence, ranchers
>feel threatened by hikers who often times don't totally understand the land
>use issues. My chief complaint is the devastation of riparian areas and
>overdrawing on the aquifers. Despite these problems many ranchers are good
>stewards of the range and do what they know to protect and preserve the
>productivity of their allotments as well as their traditional way of life.
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