I organized a trail work party for Saturday morning. Apparently my organizational skills are lacking.
Bill, Tom and I (and later, Brian), headed up Mitchell trail to Guaje Ridge and then down "north Mitchell" into Guaje Canyon.
Looking at the Mitchell switchbacks up to "Mitchell Ridge"
Some logs I've cute in years past and more recently, last week
This one sucked as it landed parallel to and in the trail
Guaje Ridge water cache for the JMTR aid station. 140 gallons all humped up 2.25 miles by many awesome volunteers
This section in a gully on north Mitchell had washed out. Doing what we can to fix er up.
A view of Caballo Mountain from north Mitchell
Guaje Canyon is very beautiful. I should run it more often.
These nasty buggers had been recently cut probably by the forest service. They were so bad that last year we ran the race over them because cutting them would have been extremely diffcult. Thanks USFS!
I had elk ribs for lunch
A trail work success story...last year Tom and Bill spent a lot of effort to rebuild this washed out area where the burned log is now. It was a swamp so they found the big log as a retainer and back filled it with dirt and soil. Grass is growing on it and it's extremely well established now
I should have taken a "before" photo. There was a huge downed tree laying in the trail here for the past couple of years and an informal trail around it had formed where all the log debris is in this photo. Since we had the 20" chainsaw we spent the time and effort to reclaim the original trail thanks to Bill's determination.
A small snow field in upper Guaje Canyon. It'll be gone in the next week I'm sure
Looking down Guaje Canyon. Gorgeous.
Small snowbanks still persist along the trail from Pipeline to Guaje Canyon. Melting fast, though.
A view down THE pipeline into the Caldera. This is a very steep and loose "road" that is used by the JMTR 50 mile racers to get into the Caldera
I always hate this hill on Pipeline road
Redondito's north face is still holding snow nicely
As is the Pajarito ski area
Chicoma (left) and Caballo (right) from Pipeline road
This nasty section of downfall on upper Guaje ridge took quite a bit of effort
That's the root balls of the downed trees we just cut. Overall for the day we cut ~45 trees. Big day!
A few stretches of snow on upper Guaje ridge trail still