Tour of old road through Jemez Mountains

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The road that we now know as N.M. 4, used to be a major route into the Jemez Mountains for homesteaders before its designation as a State Road in 1935. On Oct. 12, Dorothy Hoard will lead a historical hike along sections of abandoned roads that preceded the designation of N.M. 4. Throughout the hike, Hoard will point out pre-1930s roads, old mountain routes and more.

The hike will be divided into two parts, each about a mile and a half in length, and the group will return to the parking area in between. The route is not steep, but due to the fact that it was affected by the fires, some detours will be necessary. There will be some sections of off-trail hiking, so Hoard encourages participants to bring hiking poles if they are accustomed to using them.  

“This hike will explore the old logging and stock road that crept up the mountainside before present day State Road 4 was built,” explains Hoard. “We will view the routes and construction methods before the advent of bulldozers.” Hoard added that she plans to share some of the pre-World War II history of the area during the hike.

The group will meet at PEEC at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to the trailhead, or at 10 a.m. at Forest Road 181. The hike is free, and no advance registration is required. To learn more about this and other programs offered by PEEC, visit PajaritoEEC.org, email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org or call 662-0460.

Hoard arrived in Los Alamos in 1963 and for 10 years, she and her fellow hikers from the Los Alamos Outdoor Association "walked down every canyon and every mesa in Bandelier.” She founded Friends of Bandelier in 1987 and has served as president since its inception. She is also a recipient of the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation for her work cataloging the petroglyphs in Los Alamos County. Hoard is the author of several books on the local area, organizes the annual butterfly count, has inventoried local plants, and teaches plant identification classes.