Explore the most popular camping 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.

There are 5 parking spaces outside the fee camping area, but if those are taken just speak with the campground host and say you just want to hike. This is a beautiful loop trail, not too strenuous, although there's a bit of an uphill climb in places that might get your heart pumping if you aren't acclimated to the elevation. You aren't too far off the road for much of the hike, but there's still a feeling of quietude and seclusion among the towering trees. You'll come to an operational gravel pit at one point, where you'll simply cross the road and reconnect to the trail. We found quite a few elk bones in that location. We did many trails in the Cloudcroft area, and this was one the most enjoyable for me.

2 months ago

This is a long but beautiful trail with amazing landscapes, especially this month of autumn when you can see the different colors of the trees and plants. My granddaughter and I walked about the third part of the trail and we finished at the Nelson Canyon trailhead. Along with the magnificent landscape we also saw elks, deer, rabbits and different birds, we ended up a little tired but we enjoyed a lot.

3 months ago

loved the hike. shady and beautiful

very overgrown. trail completely disappears in many places

3 months ago

This is an amazing trail, it’s kind of rocky and it gets narrow on some points, keep your kids close to you if you don’t want to see them slide down.

3 months ago

Great trail to get a view of White sands national monument from the mountain side.

3 months ago

The entire trail is an ATV trail. We actually stayed away from it and walked along the dry creek on animal tracks. This opened up to alternating views of alpine and aspen tree cover and open meadows. There were so many wildflowers in the meadow. We didn't see a soul except for a bunch of cows. Our dogs had a blast running off leash. We did have to leash them when we came upon the cows. Overall, its a great hike when you want to get away from the heat. I highly recommend staying away from the ATV trail and taking the dry creek. There is plenty of dispersed camping at the trail head.

Long uphill Jeep road with a lot of loose rocks. If you like single track, or fun, don’t bother.

Great trail. Beautiful canopy on most of trail with some beautiful meadows. Saw elk tracks, wild flowers and wild strawberries. Will be a go to trail for us for future outings.

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

4 months ago

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

The entrance to this trail is inside a pay camping area so unless you luck out and get one of the four free parking places or are camping there it’s not very accessible.

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

My granddaughter Natalia (10) and I hiked the whole loop under the shade of tall pine trees with a beautiful landscape in all directions. This is definitely one of the best trails near Cloudcroft and it was very easy to follow the path with the blue signs.

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.

8 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!

It’s a wide trail looks as if atv’s use it often. We always take a small and medium sized dogs so it was a nice trail to take them on. We didn’t see a soul out there the entire trail. It’s all up hill going in and downhill all the way out. Very nice scenery.

9 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.

trail running
Monday, November 06, 2017

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.

Monday, October 09, 2017

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

I did this trail with my husband and our 2 dogs. The 10 mile loop took us about 5 hours to complete. If you do bring your dogs or even if you don't, be aware that quads and dirt bikes are allowed on the willie white trail. We came across 3 groups pf dirtbikers so we had to get off the trail and get our dogs as soon as we heard them in the distance.

Started from 113 willie white more hard then moderate this route had lots of wild life more visitas then expected no other people

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice and shady! Great for mnting and hiking!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Nice and shady! Great for mnting and hiking!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Amazing trail in the middle of the forest! I loved walking under the shade of the pine trees and admire the spectacular scenery. During most of the journey, butterflies were flying near me, like telling me that I was welcome to their home. Listening also the quaking aspen trees was a very pleasing moment. All the trail is steep but not much, only the last half of a mile is steeper. The weather was nice, although is rainy season, it was only cloudy part of the day, so, it was a fantastic hiking day!

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.

Trail is in good condition and offers a decent 10mile workout. No real views or objectives with it though. It's literally a walk in the woods.

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