North Mystery Trail 

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Author: 4085956033
Date: 27 Sep 2005 2:35:38 AM
Source: Trimble Outdoors on my Nextel phone
Activity: Hiking
State: New Mexico (NM)
Distance: 10.78 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 11417 ft
Total Loss: 7677 ft
Net Change: 3741 ft
Difficulty: 4 / 10
Tags: Cedar Crest, Climbing, Hiking, New Mexico
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This unofficial trail in the Sandia Mountains will take you approximately five miles from the TH to an intersection with the Palomas Cliffs Trail. The trail is well marked with diamonds shapes cut in to the trees along the way. The trail gets its name because nobody knows who cut the trail. The southern portion of this trail has since been recognized as Faulty Trail by the USFS. Along your hike you will often see this name written in to the diamonds. The trail cuts through a beautiful section of forest complete with lush canyon bottoms and magnificent views as you approach a high open meadow. From this meadow (Lagunita Sarca), you can extend your hike by following Mystery or climbing the peak. Just relaxing in the meadow for a picnic wouldn't be a bad idea either. This hike is best in the Fall when the temps are falling and the leaves are turning. The trail is multi-use. Take I-40 east from ABQ. Then take NM 14 to NM 536. The TH will be about 2.4 mi up NM 536 near a pullout .4 mi past Doc Long.

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Points of Interest

Creek

Location: 35.215439, -106.387840
We hiked this trail in late September. There was a nice small flow in the creek. The flow most certainly varies from year to year and by season. We were lucky to see it this time.

Diamond

Location: 35.223633, -106.392464
At this point, one of the distinctive diamonds cut in to the trees along the way is visible. Some of these diamond cuts have the words "Faulty Trail" written in them. This trail is considered an unofficial extension of what is now Fautly (was Mystery).

Gopher Snake

Location: 35.190746, -106.383141
A sample of some of the "critters" you might see on the trail! This snake didn't budge an inch while we sat taking photos of it.

Mystery 2

Location: 35.187756, -106.377892
When you reach this saddle, you will see that a trail continues to the north and down. Make sure to follow the trail marked with diamonds cut in the trees at this point. The writing in the diamonds says "Faulty Trail" in some cases.

Palomas Cliff Trail

Location: 35.227921, -106.401176
This is the intersection with Palomas Cliff Trail.

Palomas Peak

Location: 35.227249, -106.399567
At this point you break out in to a meadow called Lagunita Seca. Continue west across the meadow to intersect the Palomas Cliffs trail where you can extend your hike by climbing the peak.

Park

Location: 35.181435, -106.377060
At approximately .4 miles past the turn off for Doc Long Picnic Ground, you will see a pullout. Park here.

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Location: 35.187881, -106.382515
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Location: 35.227249, -106.399567
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Pwr Line

Location: 35.213108, -106.386612
You will cross under a power line at this spot.

Snake On Trail

Location: 35.190018, -106.383255
Brief stop to photograph the snake!

View

Location: 35.187881, -106.382515
At this point you will get your first look at views to the NE that will highlight the rest of your hike.

Waypoint

Location: 35.224442, -106.396774


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