Willie White Trail is a 9.9 mile out and back trail located near Cloudcroft, NM that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible from May until October.
The trail is great, however it's not worth doing an out and back when you can do a loop and see more stuff. Instead of backtracking to the start, just take the road west at the end of the trail (Upper Rio Penasco) all the way to the Water Canyon Road/trail. Canyon Water will get you back to the Willie White starting point and cover new ground along the way (including Bluff Springs, which is awesome). Plus, this also saves you from going back up the mountain, only to descend back to your starting point.
Willie White Trail is named Trail 113 and the trailhead is at the Water Canyon Road. Drive by Cox Canyon Hwy (Hwy 130) from US 82, then turn right at Sunspot Hwy until you reach Upper Rio Penasco Rd to your left, continue on this road, then turn right at Water Canyon Rd. Drive about a mile and you will find the very well marked trailhead.
This is a nice Out and Back type of hike trail in one of the many beautiful trails in the Lincoln National Forest. The trail begins close to a small creek. You continue by climbing trail 113 for the first mile and a quarter, reaching the first intersection with trail 5008 (not at the same position shown on the map). We walked all the way down until reaching the point where we returned, due to the rain, at the second intersection with trail 5008. On your way, you will find plenty of pines, quaking aspens and blue spruces, as well as wild flowers. Our return was more difficult due to the fact that we were accompanied by a light rain but strong lighting storm. Sometimes the storm seamed to be very close. Needless to say, you need to do everything possible to avoid this kind of situation. Otherwise, this was a fantastic journey, enjoying the fresh atmosphere and the beautiful scenery. Next time, we will reach the other traihead at Upper Rio Penasco an complete the whole trail. Also we will hike the loop that this trail forms with Will Canyon Trail.
We used to run a lot of trails but it's been quite a while and for some reason thought we could tackle this. We parked by the bathrooms at Bluff Springs and walked about half a mile to the trailhead. I don't remember which route we took exactly but we followed it to the dead end and turned back around, finishing our "run" through the Bluff spring trail, which led us straight back to our car. This was only about 9 miles so we ran the .5 mi on the dirt road and back to get 10. The trail itself was beautiful, I loved the variations in terrain (some areas were packed with nice soft dirt with a sprinkle of pine needles, others very rocky, some mud and a combination of all of the above). We realized pretty quickly into the run that we weren't going to be able to run the whole thing, so there was quite a bit of brisk hiking mixed with intervals of running. The whole 10 miles took us just under 2.5 hours but it was definitely worth it. We got to chase a turkey down the trail for a bit and saw 3 herds of deer and/or elk (only caught glimpses in 2 cases but they looked pretty big! ). I'd highly recommend this trail for anyone looking for a good workout, since the beauty distracts from the pain lol
Beautiful trail. Nice and gentle from east end parking. Not so nice from west end. Very steep and rough. The wife and I hiked from east to halfway and returned. We later tried from west end. Never got close to halfway. If you are young and want a challenge go for it.
Gorgeous fall colors. Only downside was all the four wheelers on the trail.
And Rene said its 5.2 I dont think he did the same hike this trail is close to 9 or 10 and is a loop from willie canyon rd parking area.
super fun hike did the loop in about 2 1/2 hours but it will probably be a little longer for most me and my dog hustled pretty fast. Saw two groups of elk and found a coyote skull.... GREAT DAY
The only downfall is some spots are wrecked by four wheelers but most was fine.
Great scenic hike in Bluff Springs. A nice waterfall starts off the hike and the entire trail is 5.2 miles. You may want to leave a vehicle at one end or you will have to either hike back out the same way or walk along a dirt road for 3 miles back to the start.