The Lincoln consists of three ranger districts: Sacramento, Smokey Bear and Guadalupe. There are three major mountain ranges: Sacramento, Guadalupe and Capitan that cover 1,103,441 acres in parts of four counties in southeastern New Mexico. Elevations range from 4,000 to 11,500 feet and pass through five different life zones from Chihuahuan desert to sub-alpine forest. Vegetation types are very diverse across the Forest and range from rare cacti in the lower elevations to Englemann spruce in the higher.
Even though it was heavily burned out, it was still really cool and different to see. We parked at the gate and walked a half mile to the Miners road trail head.
The trail was not marked very well and the paths tend to disappear due to fallen trees (lots of trees to crawl over and under). Needed to use my GPS to keeps us on the trails from time to time. We hiked it to the trail split and took it right on the Telephone Canyon trail which took us back to the road and back to the car. Took about 4 or so hours.
Enjoyed the trail. This trail was doable for my wife, our Cavalier King Charles, and me.
From a logistics standpoint we parked at T93 and walked the road to the trailhead because the road from T93 to this trailhead was not traversable by our SUV. Lovely views but starting the direction we did made the first half steeper than expected.
This was mine and my wife's first ever trail to hike, and it was awesome! It's the perfect mix of wilderness without feeling "lost".
The trail was very clear, and the ability to follow fellow hikers past path through this app to make sure you're on track gave us peace of mind that we were still going strong!
Challenging loop. Steady climb for the first 3 miles, flattens out for a couple of miles, then after the sharp right turn around mile 5 the trail switchbacks up again. At 5.25 miles, the trail becomes significantly steeper with an elevation gain of 600'. Ive only done this loop twice now and have had to walk most of the distance between mile 5.25 and mile 6. After peaking, however, the trail is downhill for the remaining 4 miles. Just be careful not to eat it by heading downhill too fast as you'll likely be a little less coordinated due to the previous uphill. Love this course!