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CDT SOBO from Little Walnut Rd, NM
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CDT SOBO from Little Walnut Rd, NM 
CDT SOBO from Little Walnut Rd, NM
 
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking10.25 Miles 1,292 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   2.14 mph
1,292 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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2020 New Mexico trip Hike #7 - Continental Divide Trail Mile 168.8 to 173.2

We'd already hiked north & south from NM 15 on the CDT as well as north from Little Walnut Canyon Road, so it was only natural to hike south from Little Walnut for the last hike, ultimately having covered the Continental Divide Trail from roughly mile 169 to mile 188.

Like previous hikes, again the weather was perfect with temps ranging from 60-73 and a clear-blue sky. The first 3 miles would pass through a lightly wooded area which would prove to be great habitat for a variety of wildlife, and in fact about 2.5 miles out we would encounter a number of deer, and later fresh elk scat as well as a fresh pad print of a black bear.

Although it may sound like a broken-record, this part would not only be great for mountain biking, it was great ALL the way through, both on the old route and the fresh new route. Other than a few very short drainage crossings the tread was hard-packed dirt which made for a pleasant foot-fall.

On the southbound run we turned left (east) at the second gate and took the scenic route up along the ridge (the Guthooks app displayed this as the 'current' route) and returning along the newest/easiest lower route. It was along the lower route when we spotted the bear track and fresh elk scat.

About half-way back we spotted what appeared to have been another even older section of the CDT. So for something new we decided to give it a shot. It was pretty rough and winding so it made sense the trail had been rerouted through the area.

This was a very enjoyable hike to wrap-up our 8-day trip to New Mexico. We still had one more hike up to Burro Peak from the north planned for tomorrow but when we arrived at the trailhead we were greeted by a thick blanket of heavy smoke which had moved in overnight from California, and within a few breaths throat was raw and along with an almost instant headache so we decided instead just to head for home.

NOTE: I posted a GPS file including all the parts of the CDT we hiked as one single northbound track as well as the Burro Peak CDT NM06 hike.
GPS Route: Continental Divide Trail NM07 Mile 169 to 188
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