Lucas Canyon Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cloudcroft, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We visited again the Lincoln National Forest with the purpose of hiking. This time was the turn of Lucas Canyon Trail identified as T-251. This trail has two trailheads. One at the Russia Canyon Road an the other one at the Benson Ridge Road. We selected the Russia Canyon and to get there, at Cloudcroft, you follow Cox Canyon Road (130 Hwy). After the mile 7 turn right at Russia Canyon Road and in about less that 2 miles, you will find the entrance to the trail, at your left. This is a moderate out and back trail , you just follow the rustic road that start there. In a good part of the trail you enjoy the shadows provided by the tall trees in the surroundings. The map shows a trail that in fact is closed to the public for soil and wildlife protection starting at about the 3 and a half mile, you can see a yellow sign with this warning, the trail takes another route to the left. Also, the T-251 trailhead at the Benson Ridge Road, does not join the Benson Canyon Trail (T-5005) as shown on the map. The T-251 trailhead is located about the coordinate 32.85603, -105.7536, in fact the two trailheads are a half a mile apart. The highlights, besides the tall trees is the number of flowers that the rainy season brings as well as a running water creek. We also watched a couple of Blue Jays flying around.