11-Oct-2011 -- This would be the sixth of eleven confluence visits on a trip to Colorado coming from 35N 107W.
Following breakfast at my friends, I continued north. The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta was finishing up having been delayed by inclement weather the previous few days. I saw about 20-30 balloons as I started north on Interstate 25.
Once I got into Espanola I parked in a convenient pull off on the north side of Santa Cruz Road. It was a short hike west along the road before the drainage that lead me to the confluence. Along the way I passed a huge pile of rusted cans and bottles. This wash takes you almost all of the way there. Bear to the left at the switchback before starting up the hill.
Pathfinder Office Post Processing 725 data points from my Trimble Juno reveals an average position of 36° 00’ 00.02444”N, 106° 00’ 00.07191”W with a horizontal precision of 2.0 meters and an altitude of 1825.614 meters with a vertical precision of 1.2 meters.
From where I parked, it was 2.4 km and a 55 minute round trip hike with over 30 minutes spent at the confluence.
The adventure continues at 37N 106W.