SANTA FE ― The Santa Fe National Forest has rescinded the closure order for a segment of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) on the Coyote Ranger District effective at 8 a.m. today, Oct. 3.
The CDT from the Ojitos Trailhead at Scull Bridge on the Chama River to the CDT crossing at NM Highway 96 was closed on July 26 to provide for public safety as fire crews worked on the lightning-caused Ojitos Fire on the boundary of the Chama River Canyon Wilderness.
Although the Ojitos Fire passed through the CDT area, known locally as Ojitos Trail #298, weeks ago, Forest Service personnel delayed reopening this segment of the trail until they could inspect the area for safety hazards, including snags, standing dead or dying trees that can fall without warning. Hikers are advised to maintain situational awareness while they are on the trail.
The 3,100-mile CDT is one of 11 long-distance trails in the National Scenic Trails System and one of the “big three,” along with the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, which many thru-hikers consider to be the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking.