Anthony Gap Northern Pass Loop Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located in the state of NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
To access the trail head of this place, that we are naming Anthony Gap - Northern Pass Loop, you need to take the Ohara Road (NM State Road 404) either from the Interstate 10 to the Chaparral exit or from The Martin Luther King Blvd (NM 213). The entrance is a gate across the road just in front of a sign marking the beginning of the Sierra Vista Trail. There is a place were you can park your car. The trail is well marked and well maintained. Just follow the path that is in front of you. When you get to the top, you will see a trail conducting you to the Anthony's Cave. If you wish, you can visit the place. You continue going down until you hit 2 arroyos, one is in front of you and the other runs from right to left. Use the one that is straight ahead. Eventually you will encounter the junction with the Northern Pass Trail to your left. Careful, even that there is a cairn marking the entrance, if you are not watchful you may miss it. Continue on the Northern Pass Trail to your right all the way up. You will zig-zag the mountain on your way down. Then follow the trail to your right until you complete the loop. Be aware that you start hiking in the state of New Mexico but eventually you will be crossing to Texas land. Unless you have a GPS you will not identify when you go over the state line. That will be different story on your way back, you will find a gate and fence marking the limits. Even that this is not a difficult trail, you will enjoy going up and down a couple of times also appreciating the solitude of the desert.