|CDT in New Mexico|
|Setting out on a section hike of the CDT from Big Tubes, El Malpais National Monument, NM.|
Why choose a roadwalk?
|Stepping off the road into deep snowbanks...before I retreat back to the road/CDT.|
|Watching the scenery, like this lava field.|
|Frozen mud on Cr 42.|
|Drier ground under a ponderosa for lunch.|
|The CDT turns onto Hwy 53 as it crosses the continental divide.|
|I’ve driven by this volcano many times. But never noticed it’s beauty until I slowed to 3 mph.|
|Leaving behind a single track of footprints.|
|Can you imagine what it was like just 115,000 years ago when this was a river of red hot molten lava?|
Why wait at home? Get on the trail now. Be a section hiker.
Big Tubes area
El Calderon area
I got dropped off at Big Tubes junction CDT mile 490.5 by my awesome roommate. No way was my little car getting down Cr 42 without getting horribly stuck in the mud and ice. Thank you J.!
Followed Cr 42 Chain of Craters Backcountry Byway (not passible in snow/ mud without high clearance, 4WD and expert driving skills) to Hwy 53. Picked up the single track again at El Malpais Information Center (closed in winter) to El Calderon. Then followed the mountain lion detour (well marked with cairins and flagging to the NPS border where I’d stopped previously, CDT mile 503.2, then turned around and hiked back to my car at El Calderon.
14.0 total miles (12.7 new CDT miles plus 1.3 bonus miles backtracking).