Tom Richardson (DICKSONT@CITADEL.BITNET)
Sat, 24 Jul 1993 12:47:54 -0400
Just now got back from Philmont (706C) . . . some trail update information
for those with LATE dates or for planing for next year!
We were itinery 10 in this year's book.
1. New trail to Lover's Leap campground. Your ranger *should* know about
this, ours was "aware" of it but had not yet been on it! Begins just
after the gate and bridge on the left side of the gravel road. It forks
almost immediately . . . take the right fork, the left heads off towards
Uracca Mesa, etc. This trail goes by the top of the Lover's Leap rock
formation; there are two barb wire crossings on the trail, one with a gate
and one which on 7 July needed a gate!
2. To Crater lake, to Black Mountain, to Beaubein was no problem! Just 53
(or was it 57) river crossings between North Fork Uracca and Black Mountain
3. Through Crooked Creek to Wild Horse and then to Clear Creek . . . only
problem was the small spruces are spreading out onto the trail between
Crooked Creek and Clear Creek . . . though the water at Wild Horse was
not exactly particle free.
Note on Water: Philmont issued iodine crystals . . . two cap-fulls of saturated
solution per quart and let it stand an hour . . . ranger had us leave the
tablets in base camp . . . water purified in this way had no detectable taste!
4. To Mt Philips and a nice sunset. My brother-in-law who was there as a
Scout in 1968 said they used to spell out troop numbers and such with the
5. A new trail runs from thunder ridge to Cypher's mine. Approximately twice
as long as the gravel road but at least twice as pretty!
6. Trail out of Cyphers to East along North fork (Cimmaroncito) is closed, I
think due to a landslide . . . we took middle fork in to Cimmaroncito.
7. Cimmaroncito to Clarks Fork and to Shaefer's Pass no problem though we
rerouted ourselves to spend the night at Clarks Fork and water rather than
Tooth Ridge Camp and pack water. (Our sister crew elected to do the
8. A new trail is being constructed to Shaefer's Peak . . . it is about half
done . . . insert some switch backs into the slope! . . . and the part
we were able to use was a distinct improvement!
9. Other items. Our service project was on a trail between Beaubein and
Bonita Cow . . . it is perhaps half done now but will enable people to
go to trail peak without having to walk on the gravel road.
Another trail is being constructed just south of Cimmaroncito Resevoir
which looks as if it is heading towards Cathedral Rock campground and
again getting hikers off gravel roads.
Excuse the strange spellings!
Tom Richardson Assoc Prof Chemistry Department
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