Telephone Canyon, Miner's Road, Eagle Creek Loop is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ruidoso, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.
Trail is just North of Ruidoso, New Mexico. Hwy 40 north, turn left on CR532. Drive to CR127A..to gate.(was locked). Walk half mile to trailhead Trail was listed as #12 Telephone Canyon 1.3 miles moderate to easy. However, switchbacks all had upward angle to top of ridge where trail ended.
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.
We went up Telephone canyon, which I imagine would have been beautiful before the fire, but was mostly sad. The crest trail gave us a view of the other side of the mountain that was beautiful. The miner's road was beautiful with fall colors, but the rocks were too big to step on like gravel and too small to go from rock to rock...it's an ankle twisting nightmare. The last stretch down Eagle Creek was gorgeous and made us glad to be finishing on a high note. Overall, this was a nice hike. The gate was closed to the little community of cabins around the trailheads, so it adds an extra mile (1/2 mile in, 1/2 mile out) to the hike.
It's a nice trail,mostly burnt trees but was a good trail ,it's back and forth along side of the mountain s till you get to the trail end we continued onto lookout peak and back 8.6 miles