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Broken Leaf Loop
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2012-06-14  
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Broken Leaf LoopSoutheast, NM
Southeast, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2012
imike
Hiking4.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
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The day did not go as planned... really, it was an extension of the day before. Driving out of the firewood cutting area, there was a loud metal explosion, and a very sudden halt to truck and trailer. I hopped out... and discovered I'd broken a leaf spring on the little trailer. Given I've been giving this trailer heavy use since 1986, I guess that was to be expected.

I jacked the body of the trailer up, and stuck a rock on top of the axle, then lowered the body back down... enough of a fix to allow me to drive the trailer a bit further up to the entry of an old logging road. Then, I disconnected and left the big firewood load, heading down to look for my other trailer (loaned out a year ago!)

I tracked the trailer down, borrowed it back, and headed up the hill early the next morning. I planned to unload the firewood onto the front of this bigger trailer, then load the smaller trailer on the rear of this car hauler. Alas, the wheelbase was too wide on the "little" trailer... so, drove the wood back down the hill... disconnected, and drove back up the hill with some repair material... ideally, enough to rig something up to get the trailer down and home. After patching up the trailer (really, replacing the rock with a hunk of wood duct taped into place)... I changed into hiking gear and set out to explore this old logging road. I had spotted some interesting looking cliff formations the weekend before and was hoping this would lead to those. Unfortunately, it cut up and over, out of Brown Canyon into Deadman Canyon... but that was nice, too. I scored a pleasant midday hike and sited a few more potential areas to explore. Fire Danger has reached a critical point... just below closing down the forest. No campfires or burning of any kind is allowed... Hopefully, rain will be here soon. There appears to be intentional fires being set... non-lightening caused!

The forest is filled with dead trees from the beetle blight of a few years ago... it could go up in a big way. I hope not.

Oh... the name of the loop... Broken Leaf... as in broken leaf spring... from my trailer!
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