By Patty Wilber
Last Sunday, the Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen (BCH) helped pack out a folding toilet, a propane tank and other materials that helped make Kevin Balciar’s volunteer trail crew happier on their 10 day stint working on Rito Los Esteros (#226) and Skyline (#251) trails in the Pecos Wilderness.
It was a tough job (really it was just fun), but someone had to do it.
Jim and I spent the night at Iron Gate campground. In the past, BCH had avoided Iron Gate because the four miles of dirt road was a steep trailer eater, full of deep ruts and hitch-cracking, axle-snapping holes. It was repaired, and while still steep (we would not have got our camper and loaded three horse trailer out in the rain without 4WD), it only had two big holes and the surface was solid and not terribly slick, even with water streaming down it.
To begin the day, we had to get an early start to meet Richard, Amber and Peter who had ridden in Saturday and overnighted with Kevin’s group, so we rode out of Iron Gate at 7:10 am.
The route leaves Iron Gate and heads south on trail 249 then right on 250 to Mora Flats.
I do not know if we are on 249 or 250 in this picture. Trail 249 starts from Iron Gate camp ground and joins 250 which stays high for a while then drops down to the top of this valley that you can see to our right. The trail (240) then heads back south and is down there somewhere.
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