The High Point of El Paso  LbNA # 18163

Placed DateSep 18 2005
CountyEl Paso
LocationEl Paso, TX
Found By Desert_Warrior
Last Found May 10 2006
Hike Distance?

Difficulty: Clues require some searching and observation.
Distance: Over 7.5 miles round trip.
Elevation: Over 3000 feet to the top.
Stamp: Custom-made. Multi-colored ink pad included.
Condition: Great - 1 Apr 2007.

This Letterbox is a LETTERBOX-HYBRID, meaning it is co-located with a Geocache. It is located in The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department - Franklin Mountains State Park - Tom Mays Unit. Entry is $4.00 per person, children 12 & under free. This letterbox-cache is approved by TPWD.

The BLACK logbook, stamp and ink pad are the letterbox portion. If you are letterboxing, stamp your stamp in the letterbox logbook, and stamp the letterbox stamp in your logbook. Write a personal note in the log if you like. It is that easy!

If you would like to hunt this as a Geocache, it is waypoint GCQKX5.

The GREEN logbook is the Geocaching logbook. If you write in this logbook, PLEASE LOG IT ON-LINE at GEOCACHING.COM TOO! DO NOT put letterbox stamps in the Geocaching logbook. The waterproof paper will not take the ink, and it will make a mess.

To find it as a letterbox, start from the junction of Trans Mountain Road and I-10 on the West Side of El Paso. Drive east on Trans Mountain Road 3.8 miles to the entrance to Tom Mays Park on the left. Enter the park, and pay the fee at the front gate or at the ranger booth as the signs indicate.

Follow the main road past the ranger booth to the first paved road going right. Take that road to the parking area at the top. The sign-board is the trailhead.

Follow the main trail. At 0.58 miles there is a junction. Follow the main trail left. At 1.22 miles there is a wooden bridge. At 1.68 miles you arrive at Mundys Gap. Continue down the east side to the next junction at 2.2 miles. The sign shows the proper direction for Franklin Mountain Peak. Follow the trail to the right. From this point follow the trail to the top.

At the summit, locate the concrete anchor for the USGS benchmark. From this point, walk 77 feet on a bearing of 113º TRUE. This should place you on a large slab of flat rock. From this rock, walk (CAREFULLY) 19 feet on a bearing of 188º TRUE. The letterbox is a well camouflaged .30 cal ammo can with both LETTERBOXING and GEOCACHING logbooks. Please do not stamp the Geocaching logbook, it is waterproof paper and it does not take ink.

NOTE: Dogs have made this hike, but there is much loose rock on the trail.