The Twelve Labors of Hercules: Labor Ten
In New Mexico, United States
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This cache is a singular cache that can be done on its own or as part of a larger series of caches that make up "The Twelve Labors of Hercules"
Hercules is the Roman name for greatest hero in Greek mythology. Like most authentic heroes, Hercules had a god as one of his parents. Hercules was the son of the supreme deity Zeus and a mortal woman. As Hercules was growing up he was a victim of a number jealous attacks and antagonisms that eventually led him to kill his own children. To atone for his crime, he was sentenced to perform a series of tasks, or "Labors", for his cousin Eurystheus, the king of Tiryns and Mycenae.
Labor Ten: The Cattle of Geryon
In creating monsters and formidable foes, the Greek mythmakers used a simple technique of multiplication. Thus Geryon, the owner of some famous cattle that Hercules was now instructed to steal, had three heads and/or three separate bodies from the waist down. His watchdog, Orthrus, had only two heads. This Labor took place somewhere in the country we know as Spain. The hound Orthrus rushed at Hercules as he was making off with the cattle, and the hero killed him with a single blow from the wooden club which he customarily carried. Geryon was dispatched as well, and Hercules drove the herd back to Greece, taking a wrong turn along the way and passing through Italy.
... and now onto the cache!
This cache is located atop the Rabbit Ears Plateau in the Organ Mountains just east of the city of Las Cruces. As you can see, the weather is not always conducive! The cache will require some rock hopping and navigation of steep rocky slopes that can be loose and dangerous for the unprepared hiker. The hike to find this cache takes the intrepid traveler through a wonderful cornucopia of manmade structures and beautiful natural settings.
Directions to the TH. From US 70 east of Las Cruces and just west of San Augustin Pass exit at NASA Road and head south on Baylor Canyon Road. 3.7 miles after turning onto Baylor Canyon Road you'll find a cattle guard immediately followed by a road heading east into the mountains. It is possible to drive this road for an undetermined distance (depending on your vehicle), but it gets rough quickly and it is better, IMHO, to begin the hike near Baylor Canyon Road.
From your parking spot, follow the old mining road past an old hut (Topp Hut) and to an old mining area that currently hosts another geocache. From this mine area (watch out for open mine shafts), follow a use trail NE to the next canyon north of the current canyon that you are in. Use the waypoint "Use trail" provided for the start of a nice use trail that leads over to this northern canyon. Once in this canyon you will follow it NE and then SE as it winds its way up between Rabbit Ears Plateau and the three Rabbit Ears. The rest of the journey involves some cactus dodging and rock hopping as you make your way to one of the best viewpoints in the Organ Mountains!
Looking east at the Rabbit Ears from Rabbit Ears Plateau
*** When you find the cache be sure to write down the three digit code inside the front cover of the log book. That code will be needed to find the final cache in the series. ***
Additional information about Rabbit Ears Plateau can be found at Summit Post. .
Last Updated: on 1/26/2017 2:49:09 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (10:49 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum