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A crucial detour: NM volunteers redirect a part of the Continental Divide Path

Posted by Jeff on Nov 29, 2020 at 7:03 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: November 28, 2020

Outdoor enthusiasts can now hike a brand new section of the Continental Divide Trail in the Gila National Forest.

The New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors teamed up with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition in early October to divert part of the trail in the Black Range of the forest west of Truth or Consequences.

The chairman of the New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors said the 1.5 mile new trail will take the Continental Divide Trail off a dirt forest service road.

The crew worked for six days using a technique called “benching” to create a navigable trail in difficult terrain.

“Since the trail is up a steep slope, you’ll need to cut a lot of earth and rock out of the slope to create the trail, then refine it with other tools and make it less bumpy for New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors,” said the 1.5 mile new trail will take the Continental Divide Trail off an unpaved Forest Service Road.

A crew from the Youth Conservation Corps completed about half the way before the volunteers took over.

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