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Flatlander's Delight

Hidden : 4/11/2002
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Located at a seldom visited but unique viewpoint of the central Rio Grande valley, this small (1.8qt) Tupperware cache is somewhat difficult to get to, but easy to locate once in the area. The approximately 2 mile hike is not recommended for small children (rock scrambles and steep terrain), persons with breathing problems (altitude), or anyone during threatening electrical storms (exposure). There is also serious terrain exposure just west of the cache, please observe the cautions in the front of the log book!

From Albuquerque, take I-40 East (7 mi.) to Exit 175 (Tijeras), drive north on NM 14 (5.7 mi.) to a left turn onto NM 536, the Sandia Crest Highway. Drive to the Sandia Crest (Forest Service fee area) parking lot (11.5 mi.), park in either lower lot, and locate the North Crest Trail #130 just north of the parking lot (right of the antenna farm, identified by a large grey Forest Service sign board). Hike north on #130 about 1.34 mi. to coordinates 13.819/27.156. At this point, locate a faint trail on the rock rim about 50' west of and above the Crest Trail. Follow this sometimes obscure trail north-northwest along the rim, gradually turning west as you climb to North Sandia Peak (14.108/27.401). There, the trail drops abruptly just beyond the old antenna mount pads, descending steeply west/southwest some 400' through trees and several intimidating rock ledges. (It is advised to mark your passage through these ledges with some traditional and _removable_ method for the return hike ... the trees hinder a good GPS lock.) The cache is located under a large horizontal dead tree just as you reach the open area west of the trees, to the left of the trail, and below it.
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