By Patty Wilber
Back Country Horsemen is planning to pack supplies up the Bosque Trail in the Manzano Mountains for a trail crew on June 26th, but we haven’t travelled that path in many years. So, we needed to check it out.
Also, unfortunately, Bosque Trail, while less than one mile from the Cerro Blanco Trailhead is past the point where road gets steep, narrow and quite rutted. Our own personal BCH Road Scout (Cheryl) advised me to park near Cerro Blanco and ride to the Bosque Trail for the exploratory trip.
I was girding up for a solo adventure. I have four-wheel drive now! I am good with a map! I have a big-ass knife! I was excited to play the brave, lone explorer. (Don’t tell anyone, but part of me was secretly a little nervous.)
But then my co-leader, Peter, was able to come along. Having an accomplice turned out to be really nice.
The road was ok up to the recommended parking area. It got down to one lane and had some bad spots. I smacked the trailer hitch hard on one hole I misjudged (I have a bumper-pull three horse trailer). No obvious problems, and if there’d been some, I had help in the passenger seat!
We parked, saddled and rode up the road to the Bosque Trail trailhead. The road was fairly deeply rutted in one section, but we concluded that we can drive up for the project, so long as it is dry. If there is rain, the dirt ruts will turn to slick and sucking mud pits. That could be bad, even with help!
Bosque Trail takes off from the campground, not from the trailhead parking area, (at least we did not see the trail at the trailhead parking area). Once we found the real starting spot, the way is obvious, but could use some lopping. It heads up steeply for a at least a mile and is technical and rocky. We had to stop to give the horses a breather at least twice and Squirt’s (the horse) butt muscles were twitching from the climb. Even LT was happy to stop.