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By Ty Harlacker
From: Albuquerque, NM
May 8, 2011
|It also helps if you look at the picture in Dane's book. The canyon you ascend is pictured; it helped us find it.|
From: Potrero Chico, MEX
Mar 13, 2015
|We went up last week and did some trail work up to the cave. The trail is now significantly easier to follow and marked with a bunch more cairns.|
By Seth Cohen
From: Concord, NH
Jan 6, 2016
Some better beta for the approach, since "going through the mine" doesn't seem to be a thing. We couldn't figure out what that meant.
First, it's LONG. If you know exactly where you're going and book it, you could probably make it in an hour, but most likely it'll be more like 1:15 or 1:30. If you don't know where you're going, which is more likely, it'll take longer. Bank on two hours, seriously.
Second, it's steep. Once you get off the road (see directions below), you just hike up up up through jungle. If it's wet, it's a little treacherous. Not dangerous by any means, but not trivial.
Ok, here are some directions. From El Posada, hike out the quaint wooden archway behind the men's bathroom. The trails here are faint, and they split, and it's easy to lose your way. The best I can say is to stay left at any junction. You should eventually pop out where you can see a quarry on your right, and a dirt road. Follow the trail to the dirt road, and start following it. You'll pass a small concrete building at some point. Just follow the road until it dead ends.
When the road ends, look for a faint trail leading up. At first, the trail will be on a sort of small gravel ridge, but it becomes more defined, and cairns appear. Follow the trail into the jungle, and go up up up until it dead ends at the cliff.
You'll be rewarded with some really cool, if short, steep tufa climbing. In my opinion, it's not really worth the hike: you can find better steep climbing at Surf Bowl and Outrage Wall, both of whose approaches are much easier. I mean, I'm glad we went to check it out, but I wouldn't necessarily go back.