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hiking
3 days ago

Easy out and back. The foliage is beautiful during the summer months and hiking next to the creek keeps things cool. The cave is pretty fun and not too deep for the kiddos to explore. Parking can get crazy during the weekends. Awesome!

hiking
11 days ago

An amazing, quiet, beautiful hike! Butterflies and birds everywhere. The last part of the trail is pretty rough and steep. Watch out for the caves, they'll sneak up on you. Keep an eye out for a clearing to the west after you cross the creek, the caves are right around there.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short hike for an afternoon in Albuquerque! Our 2 month old corgi puppy loved this hike! Very fun and has a climb at the end for spectacular views!

Not the prettiest place in the world, but it's quiet and very interesting. Always something to enjoy. I love the massive rocks & the bright moss, beautiful dessert foliage & fall colors in the canyon.
We did some geo-caching here with the kids too. 2 were duds but one was a good little cache. But really it's fun to just treasure hunt

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was a very beautiful hike! Caves were cool to explore but be aware, they are very easy to miss. Hiked this trail in August '16 and wasn't very busy as the trail head is off the beaten path.

hiking
3 months ago

Good place to go for a quick hike, close to home. days at the start DO NOT BRING DOGS.

Had a great time, and the dogs loved it too! Easy to follow, bring water and lunch to have a picnic in the aspens at the top!

hiking
4 months ago

love this place! I used to come here as a kid with friends and family! now I bring my kids and explore every year! a must visit for family, friends, or solo.

hiking
4 months ago

backpacking
4 months ago

Awesome trail!

Good short trip, a bit of a drive but great for a longer trail route. Found the mini caves, on your left about 2.5 miles up. Good for trial running

Nice, easy hike next to a stream!

hiking
6 months ago

Area entry is at N34 deg 13.615 min – W106 deg 57.303 min. (My GPS was looney on this location and tried to send us up non-existent roads.) Exit I-25 at Lemitar and follow the west service road north where there will be signs. The road in is very good. Drive up lower canyon until you come to a rock fall. Climb over the rock fall and it’s an easy walk through the upper canyon. When you come to a 6 ft narrow waterfall don’t bother climbing it as you will be near the end anyhow. Clear water flows in parts of the canyon then intermittently disappears. Never found any “loop trail”, just an easy walk through the canyon floor but worth going.

7 months ago

Great place to relax and read a book or watch a sunset after a long day. It's a nice short hike with an amazing view if you don't mind some rock scrambling.

horseback riding
7 months ago

Rode horse back to the Crest trail. Beautiful vistas, very difficult in places, I got off the horse at one point and walked as it got real rough! Not for the novice rider!

Been hiking here since I was a kid. Finally made it all the way to the top and explored the caves. They are worth the hike. They finally opened up the camp grounds do you can drive right to the trail head. Great place, my kids 9 and 10 made all the way to the top with us.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail to hike for something different. There are not many caves in the area. There are fish in the creek. Watch out for a bit of poison ivy along the trail. Leaves of three...let it be.

hiking
8 months ago

If you live in Santa Fe, unless you enjoy driving extended distances on narrow windy mountain roads, and unless you've already finished *everything* that Hyde Park and other local spots have to offer, there's really no good reason to bother with this trail. Or possibly if you're camping nearby. The drive was simply not worth the effort otherwise.

Terrific trail! Lots of flowers and butterflies. Mostly shaded and follows the creek. The caves were small but neat. We forgot our flashlights so we didn't go far in.

backpacking
9 months ago

Backpacked with two 7 year olds. They were thrilled to see the cave. It's about 50 feet deep and has a stream running nearby. We camped at one of the 4 dispersed sites near the cave. The camping was excellent as well. Trailhead is at Panchuela campground.

hiking
10 months ago

Decent hike with some history to it but nothing special.

hiking
10 months ago

Took my 12 , 9, 7 year old kids. Beautiful wildflowers saw some orchids too. Caves were small but interesting didn't go in too far. Good intro to the Pecos without hiking far.

Great fun! Took my sons, 11 and 7, they did fine!

hiking
10 months ago

Just finished. took about 4 hours and 9.2 miles according to my fitbit. spectacular views and multiple biomes are along the way, well worth the hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Hikers be warned: Hawkwatch Trail itself does NOT connect to South Crest Trail as this GPS-tracked map shows. This map entails some serious off-roading up a steep climb with loose gravel (and plenty of cactus) underfoot - can be fun, but can also be dangerous and stupid. I learned from locals afterwards that stranded hikers occasionally need to be rescued via helicopter after attempting to continue up the mountain. There is also no marked end to Hawkwatch Trail - it just gradually disappears. And as another reviewer notes, there are off-shoots and runoffs that mimic the trail and can be confusing. My buddy and I lost the trail twice on the way back down.

Otherwise, it's a nice hike, although the altitude and full sun / no shade was brutal for this East Coaster.

10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful with lots of wildflowers along the way. Easy hike.

10 months ago

Absolutely stunning. My 11 year old loved it as well.

11 months ago

my favorite canyon!!

Moderate difficulty. Actually about 4 miles in and out - not 9. Took about 2 hours and that included photo ops and rest breaks as we acclimated to the altitude ( just arrived from East coast). There are some off -shoot trails and runoff areas that mimic trail so pay attention! Great views the whole way up and down. Worth the climb!

11 months ago

Very nice in canyon

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