Johnson Peak Loop is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Elfrida, Arizona that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible from September until May.
Good trail. We picked this hike out of the Falcon Guide for the local area. The last 2/3 of the hike have not been rehabbed from the 2011 fire. Your best bet is to hike up to the saddle out of Turkey Creek and either turn back or go up to Monte Vista Peak.
I haven't hiked EVERYTHING around here, but I love everything I've seen--even the NM isn't usually crowded, and the recreation areas surrounding (Turkey Creek etc.) are usually a great place to get away from the world and get lost in some amazingly beautiful mountains and rock formations.