Lepus cornutus LbNA # 23785
|Placed Date||Jul 16 2006|
|Location||Santa Fe, NM|
|Found By||Astro D|
|Last Update||Jun 16 2015|
From the intersection of I-25 and Old Pecos Trail: Follow the Old Las Vegas Highway (runs alongside I-25) southeast to the light at El Gancho Way (County Road 36). Turn left. El Gancho Way will dead end at Old Santa Fe Trail (County Road 67). Turn right onto Old Santa Fe Trail. Set your odometer to zero at this intersection.
At 3.8 miles, the road splits. You will veer left off of Old Santa Fe Trail (which continues here to Camp Stoney) and you will continue on County Road 67-A. Road then descends into the village of Canada de los Alamos. Road winds around the church and then at mile 4.6, the pavement ends. In another half mile, the road will make a sharp left turn and go up a steep hill. At mile 6.0, you will reach the National Forest Boundary sign. Veer left onto Forest Road 79. At mile 8.7, park the car in the parking area at an intersection of dirt roads.
From the parking area: Walk down the road to the east. In 5 minutes or so, you'll come to a gate across the road. Go around the gate and continue up the road for a minute until you see a trail register and a sign describing the trail system. Take Trail 175 towards Glorieta Baldy. Follow the trail along the ridgeline for about 5 minutues until the trail starts to descend. Leave the trail here, and walk to the top of the rise to your right, and continue on, following the top of the ridgeline, heading south. In just a minute, you will see a fire circle full of pink rocks. From here, you have a view of Santa Fe and the Sandias to your west, and Shaggy Peak, Glorieta Baldy, and Thompson Peak to your east. From pink rocks, continue out the ridgeline at 200 degrees for 17 paces to a rock outcropping. Box is under downhill edge of largest rock, near base of a small pine, behind a rock.
Notes: Although this box is very close to town, it takes about 40 minutes driving time to get here because of the way the road winds around. A passenger vehicle is fine for the dirt road.
Hike Length: 1.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 100 feet