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David Barger, King of the Taos Trail Volunteers gave a month of days, no time off in those thirty days, to work on trails.

Today I was out on the Divisadero Trail with USFS ranger Craig Saum whose responsibility is trails in our district of the Carson National Forest.

I’ve long admired Craig for the job he does and always wanted to spend some time with him.

What a treat.

Craig told me many stories of the help he gets from volunteers to take care of his segment of the Carson’s trails. I was surprised to hear of the huge amount of trail work that volunteers do.

One of the people Craig mentioned was David Barger who maintains a Facebook site David Barger’s The Usual Suspects for our Taos trail enthusiasts.

It’s a go-see site.


Here’s what Craig told me.

David volunteered three full days recently organizing a team of volunteers to fix the signage on the trails in the northern part of the Taos trail system.

This is my personal thank you to David.

I didn’t know what a tiger this guy is.

Here’s Craig Saum measuring a steep grade of the Divisadero Trail that is getting washed out. He’s planning to have it fixed with steps next year, again probably by a group of volunteers and gifts of timbers needed for the steps.


Craig was showing me types of trail maintenance he’s always trying to rectify each year.

And he has help.

There are 608 miles of trail to take care of it the Carson National Forest.  That’s a lot of trail!

Craig’s duties are in the Camino Real and Questa Districts of the Carson.  He had help from five volunteer groups as well as several local individuals on various smaller projects, like the one David handled for him.

The amount of work they did was staggering — 102 miles of 45 trails, everything from logging out, trail tread work, cairns, brush removal and signs.

Thanks to the volunteers the trails are in the great hiking condition they’re in.

If you’ve gone hiking in April or May you’re aware of the amount of trees blown down across the trails from winter snows. That’s just one of the clean up needs on the hundreds of miles of the trails we’re fortunate to have for our hiking opportunities.

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