Traditional Geocache

Larry's Cache

A cache by ganelo Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 11/11/2006
In New Mexico, United States
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
4 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

This cache requires a challenging hike up (or down) Larry's Trail in the southern part of the Sandia Mountains.


Larry's Trail is a unofficial, unmaintained, steep trail that has recently popped-up in the Sandias.

This is a challenging trail. It is well marked with cairns (piles of rocks), hundreds of yellow ribbons on tree branches, and branches/logs that parallel the trail in places. However, you have to pay very close attention to follow the trail. You should not hike this trail (or any trail) alone. If at any point you lose the trail: STOP! (1) Turn around and retrace your steps until you are sure you have found the trail again, or (2) Hike back down the mountain and give up for the day. (Remember, you are carrying a GPS. Use it navigate back to the trailhead listed below.)

The beginning of the trail is most easily reached from Faulty Trail. When I hid the cache, I left my car at the parking area for Canoncito Trail (N 35 8.112, W 106 22.635). It was a 3 mile hike to reach the lower trailhead for Larry's Trail (N 35 7.507, W 106 23.627). There is a wooden sign marking the junction of Faulty Trail and Larry's Trail (elevation 7,570').

It is a 1.3 mile hike up Larry's Trail to the cache, hidden at 8,725' elevation. The cache is about 20 feet north of the trail. Finding the cache requires a short scramble up some rocks. (The spoiler below will be a give-away, if you have trouble finding it.)

An alternate (but very long) approach to the cache would be to hike to the upper junction of Larry's Trail and the South Crest Trail. There is another wooden sign marking this junction, which is at N 35 7.741, W 106 25.384, elevation 9,455'. The hike down to the cache from here is about 0.7 mile, and very steep.

This is a challenging and beautiful hike. But I only recommend it for experienced hikers (who are in quite good condition). Enjoy!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

N fgheql cvax cynfgvp evooba vf gvrq gb n oenapu jvguva svir srrg bs gur pnpur.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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