I’m contemplating a Friday the 13th adventure in a week.
The objective will be to visit outcrops of the Bland stock in the southern Jemez. This is the monzonite from which gold was mined from the late 19th century to about 1930. The main mining area remains private property, and the roads in are badly washed out by recent flash floods, but there is an outlying exposure to the north on Forest Service lands that may be easier to get to (and from which small samples may legally be gathered.)
One can get as far as 35.80203N 106.47006W by vehicle without much difficulty. From there I plan to hike south along the old Del Norte Road. I scouted this area and met the landowner last year, who confirmed what my eyes told me — there’s essentially no road left due to recent severe flash flooding. From 35.79344N 106.46898W I plan to bushwack directly west off the private land and across a very shallow saddle on Crager Ridge to the next valley west. This area is National Forest land and the geological map shows numerous dikes and outcrops of Bland monzonite in this area, some with pyrite alteration.
Given the condition of my shoulder and the likely challenge of crossing the ridge, I do not want to attempt this without at least a couple of others along. Let me know (in the comments or by email, email@example.com) if you are interested, and if I have at least two others who are sure they can go, we’ll make arrangements. I am not looking to get together a huge group; I don’t want to impose on the landowner, so not more than two vehicles would be appropriate.
If Saturday the 14th works better, let me know that as well. Either day is workable for me.