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starting from salado trailhead a pretty walk along fresnal canyon with views of the different strata. 1 1/4 mi to the waterfall... slippery when wet. fun run to the base of the falls barefoot if u have tough feet! awesome

trail running
6 days ago

Took the pup on a trail run. Went about 2.5 miles up before the pup got tired. First 3/4 mile is a grind but with switchbacks and then becomes a little more gradual once you enter the canyon. Great hike late in the season! Take water!

nice clear, shady trail. nice views of white sands. bring water

Rocky on village side and climbing for last part on rocks. Beginning is easy and nice. Go to Mexican railroad trestle before then follow this. Makes a nice hike.

Very long and demanding, but the waterfall is very rewarding.

We had an amazing time hiking this trail and were pleasantly surprised that there was indeed a waterfall at the end. Started at the Salado Canyon Trailhead for a shorter 2.5 mile round trip out and back hike. Go right and follow signs to Bridal Veil Falls. The trail is lightly trafficked we only ran into a few other groups and I would rate as easy not moderate. Most of the trail is spent hiking up above the creek bed which lies below in the valley. There isn’t too much elevation change. Brought the dogs with us they loved being able to play in the water under the falls. One of the best hikes we’ve had in the Alamogordo area.

beautiful and short trail to experience, I would definitely return in the fall months

hiking
2 months ago

My family and I have made multiple trips, but today was the first time we actually completed the route, thanks to remnants of a tropical cyclone moderating the temperature and giving us some much needed rain. Starting from Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, it's not so bad up to Frenchie's Line Cabin, but then it gets very steep and very narrow. There are wash outs on the narrow trail, and could be potentially dangerous, and looking around, particularly up, could become hazardous while walking. Once we got to about 4 miles, the trail is much less picturesque for the duration. We did have a wonderful time, but having finally conquered Dog Canyon, I wonder about doing it as often as we have in the past.

Went on a sunday, easy hike, pretty views. Saw a lot of families.

Take sun screen if going in the summer and water.

Great views and kid friendly!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked only the falls portion (2.5mi roundtrip) around 7pm on May 19th. Nice scenery and the falls area is pretty with alot of trees. Our hike was mostly shaded also since the sun was behind the hills and mountains. You are looking for the Salado Canyon trailhead if you want a short hike to the falls. It is this trailhead that the map above shows.

If you hike the full Grandview trail or the longer route to the falls, you definitely want sunblock and water. We tried hiking from the Bridal Veil Falls trailhead sign last year and didn't make it. Our dogs were not conditioned for trail hiking on the gravel and it was high 80's that day.

I expected it to be more difficult.

Easy trail, marked well enough. Gorgeous views. This trail would be moderate if you were out of shape as it starts at 5600ft and goes up from there.

So beautiful way worth it and it was a very easy hike with gorgeous view!

Trail was great and lots of wildlife, trail maps on app are confusing as they do not match trail maps. Example: app says 2.8 miles but the are 8+ miles of trails in this trail system. We were happy with the eight miles!

Tough challenge on my MTB....but good fun

I couldn't go on the trail because you have to pay cash or check and I only pay with card majority of the time so remember to bring cash or check!!

amazing trail! the weather was perfect and I love how you can see White sands from there!!

Tough hike once I reached 3.5 miles.. stopped at 4 miles . The hike back to truck was slightly rough suggest good hiking shoes and thick socks.

Feel great & stronger.

If your not in shape your gonna be hurting

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great hike, views and terrain, awesome! The weather was mild being February (a plus). Being a 42 yr old Midwesterner with no significant local elevation changes this hike was a challenge but doable, 5.5 hrs out/back. You need to be in reasonable physical condition to complete it though. Also, must take plenty of water and some snacks. Well worth the planning!

The lower part of the trail has been washed out in frequent flooding so pieces are missing. If you don't mind scrambling over rocks you can still easily find your way around the loop. Honestly, the best part is to venture upstream and boulder hop as far as you're comfortable. There are nice pools and great shade. I really love this trail! It's a hidden oasis in the desert.

The falls weren't so great, but this is a wonderful & relaxing hike. Great views! Nice to see all the old train history throughout hike. Enjoyed!

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views and wildlife. Like others have said, moderate trail til around the 2.5 mile mark, then becomes much harder. The transition will be quite obvious, though.

1 month living in the desert, this was a welcome treat. trees, sunshine,a little snow. We trekked with our dog and 4yr old. lots of other trails, we will be back soon.

Great trail, made it 2.5 miles in before my hiking partner and was gassed and needed to turn back. The views are amazing and the trail is challenging, definitely bring lots of water.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike, one of the best I've done so far in New Mexico. Canyon is stunning, views breathtaking. Except for the first mile I didn't meet anyone at the trail (a sunday in june). Trail is easy to follow, but between milemarker 3 and 4 it can be tough, in some places you'll have to watch your step. Last mile and a half until dirt road is relatively level.

Great area to hike! Views are great and plenty of wildlife to see.

Loved this trail! I don't think that I would rate it as moderate. We found it to be pretty easy. The 7.2 miles is if you combine all three trails together. We did two of them and it came out to be about 6 miles.

This was SUCH an amazing hike! It is exceptionally difficult- we made it 2.5 in, through the second set of switchbacks! Absolutely GORGEOUS.

Bring LOADS of water, maybe some snacks.

We will be going back!

By the way, bring 5 dollars cash, and be prepared for an all-day experience!

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