Rio Cebolla Creek to Rio de Las Vacas Creek (CDT -San Pedro Parks Wilderness) – 18 miles
The great things about hiking in New Mexico:
- No mosquitoes
Clean Healthy forests
6. Chili cheeseburgers
- Cute rangers
The Northern New Mexico Loop’s tread is trail, unmaintained trail, abandoned forest roads, 4 WD roads, and cross-country. It has about everything to keep the hiker occupied. It seems that just as soon as things are going easy something on the route will be very humbling.
We cruised on excellent forest roads for a good part of the day and was warned by Treehugger that a section of trail had about a mile of nasty blowdowns.
Just before this section we saw 3 Search and Rescue on horseback mapping the trail. They couldn’t go further because of the complex maze of trees covering the trail. It was fun to talk to them a bit. They were very concerned for our well-being, gave us their contact numbers, and wished us well. This was our first human beings we have seen on-trail since starting 7 days ago.
It is so crazy for me to watch 5’11” Sally go up and over logs. She handles them with such ease. Such a contrast to my 5’2″ body. I struggle to get up and over and usually end sitting on most.
Blowdowns were sprinkled on trail for most of the afternoon. Very waring on the personality. The route is now joining the Continental Divide Trail for about the next 130 miles to Cumbres Pass.