May 21st Ride

This will be our final ride before the Geocaching event. I know some people will be out at Rendezvous for this ride, but for those not going, we will be riding out to place the caches for the June 3rd event.

Location: Lime Kiln Canyon

Date May 21, 2017

Time: Ready to ride out at 9:00

Distance: Approximately 9 miles

Directions:  LimeKiln cannot be accessed from I-40. You need to get off the Interstate and onto NM Rd 122 AKA Old Route 66.

From Grants/Milan, you can get off at any exit in the Grants/Milan area, and continue west on the main street through Grants/Milan. Continue west past the NMDOT road Department and the next small community of houses on the left hand side. The road will be on the left after the housing development. Known as Sawmill Road, The road to the dump, or USFS RD 180. Take the road past the transfer station and over the bridge across the interstate. First cattle guard is right after you come across the bridge. Second cattle guard about one half mile down the gravel road. Turn left on the first road past second cattle guard and go about 1 tenth mile down road to parking area.

From Thoreau, Gallup and beyond, I-40 to Bluewater Village exit 72 (AKA Dairy Queen or Bowlins Travel Center.) go North (Turn left) and go to NM Rd 122 (AKA Old Route 66) and turn east, (right). You’ll go several miles before you see the sign for the transfer station on the right. Turn right . Known as Sawmill Road, The road to the dump, or USFS RD 180. Take the road past the transfer station and over the bridge across the interstate. First cattle guard is right after you come across the bridge. Second cattle guard about one half mile down the gravel road. Turn left on the first road past second cattle guard and go about 1 tenth mile down road to parking area.

If you have any questions, let me know.

 

 

Ojo Redondo Scoping Ride

April 23, 2017

Riders:

Anna Larson, Debra Bodley, Carolyn Esquivel, Tia Polk, Aaron Hammond, Helen Hammond, Greg Hammond, Amanda Hammond, Bryn Hammond, James Hammond, and Taylor Hammond

We started at the Junction of USFS 180 and 178 as shown on attached map. We’ve already ridden the eastern trail paralleling USFS 178 and have reported on it before. Issues here are the same as last reported. Large amounts of downed trees in certain areas. Also water was high and there were more creek crossings and marshy spots on this ride.

The western section is the newly explored section. Mainly following a two track road. We only had an issue in one area where there were downed trees in the ravine that prevented us from continuing along the trail. We made a short cut around to the nearest junction on the trail. (as shown by the larger circled area on the map). Over all except for that short portion we were unable to evaluate, this trail is a moderate trail. Some hill climbs for both horses and bikers that would make it a bit strenuous. The one cattle guard along the road has a gate next to it for access. Other than the downed trees and some creek crossings, there were no other major blockages along the trails. Overall moderate to easy access and well suited for most riders.

Terrain was beautiful and the creek was running enough for a pretty waterfall to be formed along the way. Very nice spot.

Ojo Redondo Scoping ride

May Ride and Meeting

Here is the map of the ride I hope we are able to complete for this ride. The distance is around 7 miles. I’d also like to evaluate this additional loop as an alternate for the fundraiser ride in September.

Looks like the weather will be decent and in the mid-70’s. Don’t forget your lunch for the meeting after the ride.

 

May Divide RideDate: Saturday May 6th
Time: 9:00 for Ride with Lunch meeting to follow about noonish.
Location: Continental Divide Radar Site.
Project: To prepare for September fundraiser ride.

Bring lunch fixings as we will have the monthly meeting during the lunch after the ride.

Directions to the trail head are as follows:
Follow I-40 to exit 47 at Continental Divide. Turn south from the exit and then turn right. You will pass a building with a blue roof (used to be a Stuckey’s) on the left. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto FR 464. You will go over a cattle guard and onto a one lane paved road. Follow this road for 3.8 miles. At 3.3 miles you will go through a gate into USFS land. There are flat areas on the right that are good for camping.
There is a gas station and a shop at Continental Divide where you turn off I-40.

You’re welcome to stay and camp overnight and ride again on Sunday if you want.

May Trail Ride and Meeting

Date: Saturday May 6th

Time: 9:00 for Ride with Lunch meeting to follow about noonish.

Location: Continental Divide Radar Site.

Project: To prepare for September fundraiser ride.

Bring lunch fixings as we will have the monthly meeting during the lunch after the ride.

Directions to the trail head are as follows:
Follow I-40 to exit 47 at Continental Divide. Turn south from the exit and then turn right. You will pass a building with a blue roof (used to be a Stuckey’s) on the left. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto FR 464. You will go over a cattle guard and onto a one lane paved road. Follow this road for 3.8 miles. At 3.3 miles you will go through a gate into USFS land. There are flat areas on the right that are good for camping.
There is a gas station and a shop at Continental Divide where you turn off I-40.

You’re welcome to stay and camp overnight and ride again on Sunday if you want.

 

 

April Trail Ride 2017

Date: Sunday April 23, 2017

Time: 10:00

Location: Junction of USFS 180 and USFS 178 South of Bluewater Lake.

Trails Mapping in the Bluewater area. I still want to check out the trail up to Mt Sedgewick, but there are other trails to ride in there as well. 


Note: all rides subject to cancellation due to weather or fire conditions. Check weather and call before you haul just in case. This one’s close to Anna’s house so she should know the conditions that day. Parking site is suitable for overnight camping. If you want to come the day before and camp, or camp overnight after the ride you are welcome.

If you come in from I-40 at the Thoreau Exit (53) and travel up Highway 612 to the end of the pavement. I believe it’s about 4 miles on the gravel road to the road junction. However if you come from Grants and get on the Gravel road in Grants. it’s approximately 30 miles of gravel road. Easiest to come down I-40 to Thoreau sometimes due to logging trucks.

Saturday Monthly Ride Planned

Saturday Monthly Ride Planned

Junction of USFS Rd 180 and 178

Trails Mapping in the Bluewater area. I still want to check out the trail Up to Mt Sedgewick, but there are other trails to ride in there as well.
Note: all rides subject to cancellation due to weather or fire conditions. Check weather and call before you haul just in case. This one’s close to Anna’s house so she should know the conditions that day. Parking site is suitable for overnight camping. If you want to come the day before and camp, or camp overnight after the ride you are welcome. Just remember, the forest is in stage 2 restrictions meaning no open flames. We have had rain though in the area. (Check with USFS also as they MIGHT remove the restrictions shortly.)

Note that Weather predictions are for rain all this week. Call before you haul. If there is lightning, We will be safe and not ride.

If you come in from I-40 at the Thoreau Exit (53) and travel up Highway 612 to the end of the pavement. I believe it’s about 4 miles on the gravel road to the road junction. However if you come from Grants and get on the Gravel road in Grants. it’s approximately 30 miles of gravel road. Easiest to come down I-40 to Thoreau.

Here is the ride map. The total trail mapped here is about 12 miles, but we have a couple loops to check out so if we need to come back earlier due to weather etc then we can cut it shorter.

bluiewater Ride 2 map