Grindstone Lake Loop

EASY 24 reviews
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Grindstone Lake Loop is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ruidoso, NM that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.7 miles 1109 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Well maintained trail system located in Lincoln National Forest, less than five minutes outside of Ruidoso, NM The trail head is located in the upper parking lot to Grindstone Lake, and is very easy to find. The trail system generally loops around Grindstone Lake, and includes many miles of new trails that will open in late summer 2013. The seven mile loop begins at the parking lot trail head and follows a smooth, well maintained, single track trail around the lake. There are two excellent down hill sections, several fun switchbacks, and a very few difficult climbs

hiking
8 days ago

Lots of horse poop on trail; wipe your shoes before coming back home! Trail is better for biking than hiking.

hiking
12 days ago

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!

2 months ago

beautiful trail with small valleys abs nice mountain ranges to look at.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Good quick hike!

3 months ago

Good quick hike

3 months ago

great trail, check the weather before going during the summer. frequent thunderstorms.

hiking
4 months ago

Really nine, lots of birds!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

would do it again

4 months ago

7 miles.....3.5 hours! Fantastic hike! Able to keep a steady pace beginning to end! Will definitely do again!

5 months ago

Great

5 months ago

Very hot but it is July

trail running
7 months ago

Served for a good trail run with deer, elk and awesome views of Sierra Blanca and the lake/dam

mountain biking
7 months ago

Well maintained trail system, well marked , fun single track, some technical switchbacks, but very fun. Some rocky sections, but not long, wildlife too, deer, wild turkey were seen! Overall very fun riding !

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hiking trail very near the community of Ruidoso. Beautiful views of the lake.

11 months ago

Did the hike on Xmas and couldn't have asked for a better day. a little muddy

11 months ago

walking
11 months ago

Loved the scenic run did 7 miles

hiking
1 year ago

Nice easy trail but a bit boring. The lake is very low but from a fitness standpoint it's good.