Pajarito Mountain
Elevation - 10,446 Ft.
N 35.88766; W 106.40088

STATION DESCRIPTION 
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1945 (CAE) THE STATION IS ON A WOODED PEAK KNOWN AS PAJARITO MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 18 MILES SW OF ESPANOLA, AND OVERLOOKS VALLE GRANDE TO THE S AND W. 

TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF STATE HIGHWAY 4 AND THE ROAD FROM BLAND (THIS JUNCTION IS 43 MILES FROM ESPANOLA, ALTHOUGH A SIGN AT THE JUNCTION READS ESPANOLA 37), GO NE TOWARD ESPANOLA FOR 100 YARDS AND TURN LEFT ONTO A TRACK ROAD WITH A RED WOODEN GATE. PASS THROUGH GATE AND CONTINUE ON TRACK ROAD FOR 1.9 MILES TO A FORK. TAKE THE RIGHT FORK WHICH LEADS TO A WIRE GATE 0.05 MILE AWAY. PASS THROUGH GATE AND CONTINUE 0.9 MILE TO A CROSSROAD. TURN RIGHT AT CROSSROAD AND GO FOR 1.4 MILES TO A FORK. TAKE THE LEFT FORK AROUND WASH FOR 0.2 MILE TO ANOTHER FORK. TAKE THE LEFT FORK AND GO FOR 1.0 MILE TO A SALT LICK. CROSS THE SALT LICK BEARING SLIGHTLY TO THE RIGHT AND CONTINUE ON A DIM TRACK ROAD FOR 1.3 MILES. AT THIS POINT THERE IS A SIGN POINTING TO STATION PAJARITO. TURN RIGHT AT THE SIGN AND DRIVE CROSS COUNTRY SE TOWARD CANYON COMING DOWN FROM LOWEST VISIBLE SADDLE. THERE IS A 2-FOOT PIECE OF 1- BY 12-INCH BOARD NAILED TO A 2-1/2-FOOT PINE TREE AT THE MOUTH OF THIS CANYON. THIS IS THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. FROM HERE PACK UP THE RIDGE ON THE N SIDE OF THE CANYON TO THE HIGHEST POINT AND STATION. STATION PEAK IS WOODED, BUT HAS OPEN GRASSY SLOPES ON THE S AND W SIDES. 

STATION MARK IS A BRONZE STATION DISK STAMPED PAJARITO 1945 AND SET IN A DRILL HOLE IN A BURIED BOULDER FLUSH WITH THE GROUND. IT IS ON THE HIGHEST WOODED PORTION OF THE PEAK 15 FEET NW OF A 2-FOOT PINE TREE WITH A TRIANGULAR BLAZE.

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