Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Lincoln National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very nice trail. Rocky so hiking poles helpful. Beautiful scenery. Game tracks. Enjoyed.

Beautiful trail. Starts with a uphill hike but worth it. We didn’t see anyone and it was peaceful.

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

Took 4 people in Polaris Ranger. Great day trip. Went in early July 5 years ago. Preparing to take friends again very soon.

Not too bad of a trail. Doesn’t look like it is hiked very much and isn’t kept up. It will however kick your ass. I hike a few times a month and I couldn’t walk right for 2 days after tackling this beast.

ALOT of down trees! Bring water!

It was a nice day out in the middle of no where. i think if it was later in the season there would be more green which would make it even a better hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this trail on 04/07/2018. The weather was perfect. Only a little chilly at night. There is a small stream at the beginning of the trail but the rest of the trail was dry. Beautiful and well kept trail! Several flat spots for camping along the way. Going back this summer for sure!

hiking
6 months ago

Only went in 3.7 miles. The steepest portion of the trail is the first 1.5 miles. It’s rather rocky as compared to the PNW. There were patches of snow but easily done in trail runners. Some slick mud in spots. Saw a beautiful bull elk at about 2.5 to 3 miles in. The trail stays in the trees the whole time and I’m guessing this would be a great hike in the warmer months.

I did this loop trail at the end of November; the day was very pleasant, excellent for hiking. On the half part of the trail you gain elevation, not too steep in such a way that you can easily walk and enjoy. As you return, from the top, you can contemplate the amazing landscape. This is definitely a nice trail.

trail running
9 months ago

Awesome trail for running. Saw a moose, wild turkeys, and several deer. As long as you give them space, there's nothing to worry about. A bit muddy in spots, but that's part of the fun of trail running. Also saw bear tracks, but no bears. Definitely a favorite.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, moderate trail. Will definitely be going back! Ps-we saw a lot of cows. As long as you ignore them, you’re fine!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice and shady! Great for mnting and hiking!

11 months ago

Nice and shady! Great for mnting and hiking!

mountain biking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fun ride. Pretty muddy and slick in parts, nothing too bad. Only had to walk the bike around a mud pit once. Brought my dog and he loved it as well. We got dropped off by car at the top and rode down the trail to Russian Canyon road. Beautiful shaded ride in the forest.

backpacking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Hiked it with our baby in a baby carrier. He did great and loved the scenery. We saw a couple deer and enjoyed the view of white sands at the end of the trail.

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

great hike today, got surprised by a hail storm - on July 9th, ONLY in New Mexico! Will definitely come back and do another stretch of it.

hiking
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great three miles with the pups

on Rim Trail

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Nice trail and long. I haven't ridden in 25 years. What the "Hell" happened? Great trail to start it up again!

on Rim Trail

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

The trail had several beautiful vistas of the western peaks and of white sands. There were also several deer and elk runs along the draws into the nearby canyon. Overall a very nice trail

on Rim Trail

hiking
Sunday, July 26, 2015

I only hiked about 1.5 miles around Sunspot but from what I saw I loved it. I would definitely go back! I even saw a couple deer.

trail running
Friday, July 02, 2010

Very well maintained, occasional views of White Sands. Just a fun trail, but pretty lonely.

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