Our largest project this year has been rebuilding the first mile of Camuesa Connector Trail, which was devastated by fire and subsequent heavy rains. Work included installing culverts in large gullies, repairing switchbacks, brushing, and re-benching big slides. Finish work with hand tools was accomplished over the course of 6 volunteer days with over 200 volunteer hours. Over the course of the work, we had over 25 different volunteers, ranging from new members to experienced trail builders. During non-volunteer days, there were several experienced volunteers and professional trail builders using excavators to rebuild the trail. So by the time the weekends came around, most of the volunteers were clearing brush, sweeping the trail, moving rocks, and re-benching.
Big thanks to Chris Orr, Drew Perkins, and the dozens of volunteers who came out to Camuesa Trail. Thanks to a generous grant from National Wilderness Stewardship Aliiance, we were able to hire two professional trail builders and bring in mini-excavators to rebuild this heavily damaged portion of the trail.
Head out to Camuesa and check out our trail work. Two excavators and over 25 people helping goes a long way. You will be amazed at the rock bridges, berms, and switchbacks!
Camuesa is the best it has looked in years!