The trails were all open and, despite some rain last night, dry. Great trail with a few good ascents to get your blood pumping. Dog and tween/teen friendly.

hiking
2 days ago

We did the T93 (left) trail in and out with 3 kids 14 and under and two dogs. Everyone was happy for the first two miles, the last mile + to our designated half way point was tough, but we all enjoyed it. One dog did great, the other came home with injured paw pads, so if you have a heavier/bigger dog, you may want paw protection for him/her.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

really beautiful trail but definitely bring a map to supplement all trails, and use the recording function to track your gps location in coordination with a paper or picture map!! secondly, it’s longer than all trails says. i tracked 5.7 with my gps. also you may want some kind of stick for going up and downhill when it’s pretty steep. still a wonderful trail with amazing views!

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
4 days ago

Lovely day to be out with friends hiking in the cool beautiful weather. This trail and area never gets old. lots of water flowing along with so many butterflies and cows and cows families. Bluff Spring a is a great area to explore and to go see waterfalls.

Great summertime trail for kids and dogs if they can hike the distance. Lots of old growth forest and tree canopy with natural shade giving a nice cool temperature. It was neat hiking past the Sunspot Observatory. Minimal people. We broke off a portion of the trail to climb to the top of Cathey Peak, which had great views of White Sands and the Tularosa Basin. Side note that there is no cell reception on this trail, except on the high peak.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail; nice and easy on the way down, good workout on the way back up. Rest stop at the bottom of the hill.

We went up via the steeper trailer and down via the less steep trail. The steeper section was a little challenging. We got confused at about mile 2.5 so make sure you pay attention to your map. The less steep trail has lots of pretty areas to eat lunch because there’s lots of logs that have been carved into benches.

hiking
6 days ago

T92 is quite rocky coming down but the trail is beautiful. T93 is pretty challenging. Would definitely do it again!

on Lucas Canyon Trail

backpacking
rocky
7 days ago

Very scenic trail with ample shade along the way. We saw two Elk just off of the trail on our way up. Like the other reviewers have said this trail is extremely rocky, I think the ATVs are chewing it up more and more. We did a short overnight backing trip. We walked to the end of the trail where there was a lot of ATV traffic and decided to head back down the trail to find a camp spot. Also like the other reviewers mentioned, it's a heavily used two track ATV trail the whole way. Pros: Very scenic, Shady Areas, and a mild elevation gain. Cons: Busy (ATVs), rocky, and no water (except at beginning).

Beautiful trail that is well marked and perfect for hikers of all skill levels! Look for the blue diamonds, parking is free when you follow the description. Loved it all!!!

hiking
10 days ago

Excellent trail. Closer to 5.6 miles. There are steep parts with loose rocks. Trail was in good shape. I would definitely do this one again.

hiking
10 days ago

The trail was great. It is shared with ATVs, bikers and hikers. We encounter more ATVs than we would have liked, but then again it was Memorial Day. The trail was a nice dirt road, rocky in parts but not bad. Beautiful meadow views on the side of the trail as well.

hiking
10 days ago

It was a great trail! Lots of different terrains and beautiful views. It is 10.7km not 8 but we loved it

hiking
12 days ago

AllTrails map is inaccurate / incomplete for many of the trails around Ruidoso. Take a pic of the big map at trail head for reference.

hiking
12 days ago

Greta hike. Start early because Is sooooooo HOT!!!!!!

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

The path is pretty rocky and so you have to watch your footing a lot in the beginning. The first mile is straight up hill which is tough but shaded. The path is about 50-75% shades so it can get hot in some parts. We saw a lot of cows along the way and you have to make sure not to step in their poop on the path. The views were nice and the after the first mile it’s pretty chill. Also there are some spots where it is confusing on which direction to go so I recommend having the map with you.

hiking
rocky
13 days ago

Completed FULL 9 miles on May 22 2020. Nice, quiet scenic trail. I began at the lower trailhead on Upper Rio Penasco Rd. The trail from this direction is a gradual ascent and becomes much steeper during the last half to three quarter mile before the upper trailhead. The altitude makes this especially challenging with the highest point at approx 9550 feet. The trail is heavily used by ATVs. Very few people present during this day. Trail is rocky and very dusty. Cattle were roaming around in some of the open areas but didn't see much else. Other trails in the area intersect with this one which can add some variety however, could also cause some confusion. There was no Cell phone reception in the general area at any point. I accidentally parked my rental vehicle on private property in an open grass area to the right of the lower trailhead. I returned to find a note on the windshield, which was fair. If the property owner should read this, please accept my sincerest apology.

The trail is very scenic but some points did get a little confusing and we had to use the app to figure out which was the correct direction. Decently shaded for the most part.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Well definitely come prepared for this if you’re going to do the whole thing. If it’s May, bring a lot of water, and make sure it’s secure and doesn’t leak like mine did... walking 4 miles without water in 90+ degrees weather is not cool. The views were worth it though. Again, prep yourself. 11 miles there and back, and a lot of incline.

Trail is OPEN

hiking
rocky
26 days ago

The loop trail has beautiful scenery throughout. There was a good mix of shaded and open areas, but I probably wouldn't do it in the heat of day during the summer. The trails are marked well the whole way! Some fallen trees along the path but most have been cut to clear the way. We started at Little Apache and it was the easier of the two. The Fir trail had a good amount of uphill that was steep at times, especially the end, and the elevation can make it more moderate. Both had easy terrain and were easy to walk.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This is the second time we tried this trail. I think the route in AllTrails is about 80% inaccurate, but we made it farther than the first time. Lots of sun, lots of dust so ring water and sunscreen. I think the fire and containment efforts eradicated the lower part of the trail, but there seems to be a “new” trail forming, so when you find it, follow it! The top part is really damaged and overgrown too. There are many cairns to try and follow. They aren’t easy to find, but they are there.

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