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on Wheeler Peak New Mexico H...
15 hours ago

hiking

We summited Wheeler on July 6 2016, taking the Bull of the Woods trail from the trail head near all the large condo construction. Both of us guys are in reasonable shape for 68 year olds, and the hike up was no problem. Reached the summit in about 6 hours and it was crowded on this bluebird day. No snow on the trail either. Several hikers told us we could descend easily on the Williams lake trail, and since it was much shorter, we chose that descent, much to our regret. It is much steeper and much rougher and has loose rocks in many spots. We both believe we could have descended the way we came up in the same time it took us on the much shorter trail. Another reviewer mentions this additional huge problem: when you reach the road on the Williams trail and your car is at Bull of the Woods trail head, you are still MILES! from your car. We were told it was 4-5 miles, and it was 85 degrees and we were done, so we hitchhiked and the ride took about fifteen minutes. Still loved it for the experience and the awesome views!

on Interdune Boardwalk
16 hours ago

Quick walk, and great for people with less mobility.

on Rain Creek
17 hours ago

hiking

With reference to the Jo Miller review above: the "directions" to this trail don't take you anywhere near where it is actually located. The Rain Creek Trailhead is reachable by taking Sacaton Road. From Silver City, take the 180 westwards to Cliff. Turn right onto the 211 at Cliff, then left onto the 293 (IIRC). Around mile marker 3 on the 293 is a left turn onto Sacaton Road (dirt road that climb up out of the valley). Continue for many miles along this road and the trailhead is on your right, very obviously signposted.

on Atalaya Mountain Trail
21 hours ago

hiking

Great views at the top. Not a lot of parking at the Atalaya trail head but start at the St John's parking lot follow that trail and you will get to it.

on Dorothy Stewart Trail
1 day ago

hiking

Nice easy hike. Very cool loose metamorphic rocks, so the trail sparkles in places. We saw lots of nice views and wildflowers. Very close to town, which is both a pro and a con. Trail is very clean and well maintained.

on La Luz Trail
1 day ago

hiking

We were so glad to have done this hike. We started at the base of the tram (this added a couple of miles walking on the tramway trail, until you connect to La luz), and finished at the top (took the tram down). The views are amazing, and the higher you go, the better they get!!
I recommend taking plenty of water and snacks (my 11 year old son needed these).
I cannot wait to do it again!

on Tent Rocks Trail
1 day ago

Mostly uncovered, this hike should be done very early unless one loves the heat. The section in the canyon and the view from the top are excellent

on Alcove House
1 day ago

hiking

Great, very different from anything I've ever done.

on Bridal Veil Falls & Grand...
1 day ago

hiking

It was a perfect hike for my 11 year old daughter and me. I I'd give it 5 stars but the trail was a little confusing at times. we took the Bridal Veil Falls Trail and the waterfall was amazing. We loved it!

on Cave Creek Trail
1 day ago

hiking

All along this trail covered in August was lush foliage and the sporadic moss hung from it's branches. Nowhere were the screeches, and festering words, "my precious", to be heard. Upon this bewitching cut through the Santa Fe National Forest was but enchantment and the desire to abide forever within its trunks, to watch the forest age. It's cave I found thirsty and swallowing a portion of the creek in an attempt to quest it's watery depths, down into the throat I went only to find it's thirst in a darkness unfathomable.

on South Crest La Luz Loop T...
1 day ago

hiking

Great hike on a Sunday! We started from the top of the tram and dropped down the La Luz trail. The up to Sandia Crest and back to the Hi Finance for lunch!

on Lower Rio en Medio Trail
1 day ago

Limited parking. Great trail, including a small field of wild roses!

on La Luz Trail
1 day ago

hiking

on Tent Rocks Trail
2 days ago

Gorgeous hike, lots of traffic but the rock formations are unbelievable!!

on Elena Gallegos Cottonwood...
2 days ago

Easy trail, great for an afternoon hike with the dogs!

on Cienega Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Actually started at the Cienega Trailhead and went South along the Faulty Trail. Turned and went West up the mountain along the Canconcito Trail which was definitely a good workout up to the South Crest Trail. Hiked North along the South Crest until we met up with the top of the Cienega Trail and headed down back to the trailhead. Overall about 9.4 miles and a great, scenic hike with a great combination of easy to moderate but definitely a kick in the pants heading up AND down.

on Couldcroft: Alamogordo to...
2 days ago

scenic driving

Beautiful drive up the mountain. It really is amazing how quickly the scenery changes from desert scrub to dense alpine forest. Plenty of trails and outlook points on the way.

on Tent Rocks Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Way too trafficked, hence only 3 stars. There are loads of people in larger groups, with children or wrong footwear (flip-flops!) on the trail. We were either stuck behind other people or had to stop every half meter to let crossing hikers pass. Otherwise a nice and short hike with beautiful views and through a slot canyon.

on La Luz Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Very nice trail, so glad we did it while visiting ABQ. We arrived at 7.45am (Saturday) and the parking was already full, the hike up is fairly easy for the first 10km and all in the shade if you start in the morning. We hiked up to Sandia Crest House and from there to the tram (appr. 3 hours 45 min). Originally we planned to take the tram down but spontaneously decided against it. The hike down was nice but a bit long and very hot as all in the sun (3 hours). Moderately trafficked, take water & snacks.