Catwalk Reopens April 5
The public is invited to join the Gila National Forest April 5, 2014 for the reopening of the Catwalk Recreation Area. This event will be held in conjunction with the Glenwood Dutch Oven Cook-Off. Joint efforts by US Forest Service and NM Department of Transportation have improved road conditions along NM Highway 174, removed debris from picnic areas, and cleared approximately one half mile of the historic trail.
Debbie Cress, Glenwood District Ranger says, “This will be a great opportunity for folks to enjoy the Catwalk, take in the beautiful scenery, see the work that’s been accomplished and appreciate all that the Glenwood area has to offer.” Short-term work includes: Completed channel to return Whitewater Creek flow to the upper water crossing. Cleared sediment, logs, and debris from picnic tables. Cleared landslides and stabilized handrails along the historic trail from the picnic area to the steps constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Removed metal debris from the picnic area and channel. Cress adds that the Forest Service intends to continue working with community members and interested agencies in the upcoming months to develop a long-term plan for the Catwalk. The closure of the trail and Whitewater Creek from the CCC steps to the junction of Gold Dust Trail #41 will remain in effect following reopening of the lower portion of Catwalk National Recreation Trail.
Contact the Glenwood Ranger District office for further information at 575-539-2481.