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Small trickle of water, nice greenery, and overall good little hike.

Nice quiet trail with butterflys and hummingbirds . Falls are trickling today.

easy and good trail for even first day

Quick and easy. You can walk to the top of the “falls” and get a pretty view as well.

Wasn’t really impressed. Lots of winding trails to choose from. Very open. Pretty views but wouldn’t do again.

So I’m fairly new to hiking/backpacking with only about 100 miles under my feet so far. With that said, however, parts of this trail were pretty hard compared to trails with a “hard” classification. My daughter is very active and even she had a tough time. This trail is BEAUTIFUL and totally worth the sweat and effort despite my previous statement. If, like me, you’re newer to the hobby just be aware that this will be challenging and then GO!!!!

13 days ago

The trail was beautiful but a little more sun than I like.

Great hike! Great views. Downhill so conserve your energy for the way back!

on Tecolote Trail

18 days ago

Very easy and short trail. Nice views at the top. It did get a little crowded at around 9.

The area will need a lot of rain to get that waterfall going again. The creek above the cave is barely trickling. My app measured .6 miles to the cave o/w.

hiking
24 days ago

We did the trail at 7am in July, and it was very quiet and shady. Although the terrain is a gentle climb, there is a lot of crushed rock, which would be challenging for those with balance problems. Worth it to proceed past the falls, but there is a short, steep incline that would be difficult for children.

Did this trail clockwise at midday, when it was 97-99 degrees and partly cloudy in abq. The weather up on the mountain was much nicer! It’s a truly lovely and varied loop that only lacks sweeping views (there are a couple of nice glimpses to the east). It feels very remote and there’s lots of shade (even at midday). I didn’t see much wildlife until near the end, on the approach back to the picnic areas, where there were lots of birds, including a BIG woodpecker, Orioles, and a bunch of Steller’s jays. More variety of foliage in this area, too.

There’s a Medallion Tree along the way, just a bit off the trail (and marked). You can find info online if you’re not aware.

The trail starts and ends on paved road. It doesn’t last long at the beginning, but feels like a long way at the end. You can get off the road if you look for trails that run alongside through the picnic areas, like Acequia Trail. If you can, plan a little extra time to wander around the stream area. I saw a huge array of insects on the arnica daisies, and there are interpretive plaques.

I liked the elevation gain over the first few miles — it felt like exercise but wasn’t brutal. Lots of climb a bit, then there’s a flat stretch, that gets steeper as it goes on. Going counter clockwise would, I think, be much more taxing, with one long, moderately steep climb.

The reviewer who says it goes by the road the whole time is mistaken. This trail is nowhere near a road, and is very quiet. There is one high point where you can hear I40, only briefly.

Very beautiful trail with grass and flowers. The north-facing view at the end was great. We came back via the north crest trail giving us some shade and some westward views. We had to hike on the road for about 1/3 mike to get back to our car. Total distance doing this route was 6.7 miles.

1 month ago

Trail is closed until further notice as of July 8th, 2018.

wouldn't call it a waterfall...

Lovely views. No shade so go when it’s cool. Nice trail for dogs.

Nothing spectacular but this novice hiker enjoyed it thoroughly.

The hike itself is pretty and the trail connects with the crest trail which will lead you faulty trail. If you’re expecting to see a waterfall you will be disappointed... However, the views and small cave were awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a good hike, I took my kids my youngest is 8 years old. It was challenging enough to keep their interest but not so steep that they were calling for breaks every minute. The trail is very rocky so I would keep that in mind if you were to trail run; I would power hike this one. Typical forest setting, there was a small aspen grove, plently of shade and every so often a view out towards Edgewood. Wanted to go further and connect with the Crest Trail but my kids and their friends had enough.

Steep climb but great vistas!

Great hike beautiful views.

Great hike loved listening to the birds and the thunder and I got back to my car just in time

Trail is well-maintained. Went with my whole family: mom, sisters, young nephews. Just the right length for a small family outing.

Loved it when I went with my fiancé. Fairly shaded and the little cave feature is a bonus.

Just a nice easy walk through the woods. There was nothing spectacular about this hike, but we enjoyed it. We went on a Saturday afternoon and only ran into two other people, so it's a great place to get some quiet.

Overall a nice easy trail if you're looking for something short. Zero shade, so go early or in cooler seasons/weather. I hit the trail about 10 after my morning run so it was already getting a bit hot even though it was a slightly cloudy day.

Lots of bike traffic so be mindful & remember your trail etiquette! Signs may say for bikers to yield but reality is that it's a lot easier for a hiker to stop than a cyclist. Give them some space & take the time to snap some photos or just enjoy the view.

Trail is very smooth throughout but there are a lot of intersecting trails so pay attention and/or watch your map! Beautiful views of the mountains and the city!

Great hike ended up with 5 Miles by the time we were done. Start early got super hot. There is plenty of parking and bathrooms with picnic areas. Should have done the loop clockwise to get more vert. Overall really enjoyable.

hiking
2 months ago

Starts at high altitude & in the trees, this trail provides cooler temps & shade with nice vistas looking east. Trail ends at a fence which marks joining the South Crest Trail. If you go straight and follow the SCT a few hundred yards, you will find an assortment of unmarked paths off to your left that will lead to a nice outcropping of ledge exposing nice vistas looking east. Highly recommend this half day hike.

Awesome trail!! Loved the caves and falls

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