MANO REST AREA
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The cache is located at the east end of the Mano trail. Parking is available at the end of Copper or the end of Indian School (Parking area is closed from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.). The total hike will be around 4 miles round trip if you start at the end of Copper. (Bring your own writing stick)
I was on my way to "Schedule 40 Redux" by ZenGuru and decided to place a cache that was on the way. This is a great place to rest after the long grunt up the Mano trail. This distinctive landmark (MNOSLD) is mentioned in Mike Coltrin's "Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide", which I just got for an early birthday present from my brother. I strongly recommend getting the book if you enjoy hiking in the Sandia Mountains as much as I do. There are faint volunteer trails that go north and south from the cache. If you head north you will find 2 other caches that are dedicated to Mouser (Chris), who recently passed away. Moki also has several caches in the area that are worth finding. Bring water and sunscreen in the summer months and be prepared for snow in the winter months. The trail takes it's name from a stone artifact that was reportedly found in the area, a "Mano." The mano and metate were tools used for grinding corn and other seeds into a powdery meal. Mano is the spanish word for "hand." The hand held mano was rubbed back and forth across the flat, rough stone metate to grind the material to the desired consistency. The views are awesome in all directions so don't forget your camera. Enjoy the hike and the views!! (The cache container is a small Lock n' Lock container covered by a rock under the baby tree, that's under the bigger tree.)
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum