Hike up Osha Spring Trail to find the cache at an old mining operation in the Sandia Mountains.
The cache is located at about 8,980 feet elevation, just 75 feet north of the Osha Spring Trail in the Sandia Mountains. If you hike up Osha Spring Trail, you are in for about an 8 mile round trip, with an elevation gain of around 2,500'. Refer to www.sandiahiking.com for more information about this trail (or look in the newly published "Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide"). This trail is rugged, rocky, indistinct in places, and it is a steady uphill climb. Do not leave Osha Spring Trail until your GPS says you are within 100' of the cache. (There are easier hiking routes to this cache, but I'll leave it to you to figure them out if you want to.)
The Landsend mining claim was excavated by a bulldozer, which opened up several wide pits 6-8 feet deep. I have never figured out how they got a bulldozer up there; clever folks, those miners. The mine excavated the mineral barite (barium sulphate), which is used in paint and as a source of barium in chemicals. The cache is hidden next to a HUGE and impressive crystal of barite.