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Christina Salinas
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HikingRocky
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Donna Simonetti
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Hiking

Very enjoyable trail. Well-maintained. Lots of birds! Nice meadows (would be better without the cows). A fave in the area!

Vito Monteblanco
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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David Baake
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BackpackingNo shade

Clearly not the hike it was before the 2019 fire. Very little shade and no water. Trail somewhat hard to follow. We didn't see any large wildlife, although there are a lot of birds and easy to spot as they hop between the dead branches. As another user noted, the driving directions provided by Alltrails will not get you to the trailhead if you have a passenger car. Expect to walk three miles along the road to reach the trail head.

Jessica Weckesser
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Hiking

This trail is located just inside of the campground. It was shaded most of the time by beautiful pine trees. Well paved and well marked. Some spots had a bit of a climb, but for the most part it was easy terrain. Very family friendly. We saw some chipmunks along the way, but no other wildlife. A lot of horse droppings, so watch your step!

Kristine Sayi
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Hiking

We went today and reminded me of the PNW. Wasn’t really impressed with the trail, but it was an easy hike. The trail itself was fine and well maintained. There were a lot of dirt bikers and ATVs which is not really a big deal. We didn’t go all the way to the top. We cut our hike to 8.8 miles then we decided to go to Bluff Springs.

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Rick C.
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HikingRocky

There's a good amount of rock on the trail, but otherwise it's fairly easy. I went on a Friday and only saw one other person on the trail, could be because of Covid19, but I enjoyed the tranquility and listening to the birds chirp. Saw some Chipmunks, cows and elk. The views weren't outstanding, hence why only 4 stars.

stan krause
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Hiking

Yes, it features a waterfall, and this whole area would be very nice if it were not devastated and contaminated by cattle. The Bluff Spring, the waterfall, the Rio Penasco river, the trails, and the camping turnouts are full of cattle and cattle excrement (June 2020). No way to cool off in Rio Penasco unless you enjoy soaking in liquid cow manure, or to use its water for any other purpose. You can’t get a good rest camping there because of the bulls screaming all night long. The vermin that runs the cattle there, and the Forest Service personnel that allows them to do so, should be held to account for destroying this worthy public property, but this is government so good luck with that. A couple of quick pictures taken along the stream between the spring and the waterfall show the cattle and the contamination, but you best go see for yourself.

Lisa Widmer
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HikingMuddyOff trailRocky

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.

Adam R.
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BackpackingRocky

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).

John Riggs
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Hiking

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!!!

Paige Hoyle
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Hiking

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.

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Sabra Nickels
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Hiking

Not the best for hiking...It’s more for ATV ORV vehicles. It’s very rocky. There’s not much to see on this trail. It’s good for getting miles in but if you want views or waterfalls, pick a different hike. Pretty boring

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Cory M
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HikingRocky

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.

Erica Lee
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Hiking

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.

Ashley Guillen
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Hiking

Rocky trail, at the split off point we chose to go right which lead us leading off trail not allowing to loop. Maybe if we picked left we’d have better luck on the map.

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Kirk Mitchell
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Hiking

Aight this is easily my favorite of the 7 hikes I’ve done around Cloudcroft. But let’s be real it is not easy! You change about 2,000 feet of elevation and if you start from the road trailhead it will be right at the start. You have to work for this trail but the fight is soooo worth it. You hike up hill on a rocky path about 1.5 miles but thats it for uphill. The rest is a gradual 4 mile downhill hike and has great views. Finally at the end you come upon a waterfall and see such a beautiful setting. Then you can walk back to your car on the road which is about 3 miles. You have to do it. Just be willing to work.

Brandon Teague
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HikingRocky

Absolutely beautiful views. A little rocky at points but was able to run most of the section I did.

Dalilah Salinas
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HikingRocky
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Ashley Keeler
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Hiking

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.

RM Arias
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRocky

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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Marcus McGovern
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Backpacking

This is a review for anyone interested in thru hiking this trail. I hiked this trail on 4/23-4/25. I originally planned to do roughly 10/10/10 and camp at Alamo Peak Rd and just south of Sunspot. If you are planning on doing this hike all the way through, you will either need to bring all of your water on your back, or do as I did and stash water jugs along the route before you start. Luckily the trail crosses easily accessible roads frequently and makes it easy to hide water in various spots. Initially, I thought it would take me longer to hike 10 miles, but I started at 6:30am the first day and reached Alamo Peak Rd before noon. I decided the following day I would hike the remaining 20 miles and camp at the end of the trail instead, since the first 11 miles to Alamo Peak were so easy, I figured the next 20 would be the same. Between the beginning and Sunspot, the trail is clearly marked by many metal signs and posts that are very easy to read. The trail is also very well worn so it’s pretty hard to get off trail. However, the last 10 miles are a little different. There are many areas, especially between miles 20-26, that the trail becomes very vague and tough to follow. It comes to meadow clearings and it is difficult to determine where to continue. I used the GPS in All Trails and it saved me some headache. Also in the last 10 miles, the trail climbs and descends a countless amount of times and it becomes incredibly rocky in some places. However, you do get to hike along a true rim for a few miles and get great views for a while if you have enough breath to look up from the rocks. This stretch was not as enjoyable as the first 2/3 of the trail. As far as camping goes, there are endless places to camp, many more than are marked in the waypoints on AllTrails. Pretty much anywhere the trail crosses a “road” there are multiple spots to camp that are used for dispersed camping as well. At Alamo Peak Rd (64D) there is a great site East of the trial on the road, but there are a few better ones west of the trail on the road that are closer to the lookout on the peak. There is a fantastic camp on the west side of the trail at 9.7 miles with a great wooden bench and big fire pit, just north of Karr Canyon Rd. The best campsite on the trail is at mile 15.7ish. It is at the top of a short climb and overlooks the entire Tularosa Basin. Probably the best views on the trail and a great campsite as well, however it is slightly rocky. If I were to thru hike the trail again, I would hike to this point the first day and stay here then hike the remainder in the morning. I tried to do all of the side hikes as well. I took the time to hike to Alamo Peak, Cathey Peak, and Apache Point. In my opinion Alamo Peak is the only one worth doing. It had the best views I had seen in a long time. You could see everything from Sierra Blanca all the way to Mexico. Cathey Peak came a large fenced in area that was locked and most of the views were crowded by trees. Not worth the extra climb. Apache Point had great views and picnic tables for lunch, but I don’t know if it was worth the hike off the trail for. All together this trail was a solid trail. Challenging enough to make it interesting but easy enough to make it doable. I wish there had been water sources along the way but access to the trail from the road made this not an issue if you plan ahead. Had I not downloaded the trail on the app, I definitely would struggled staying on it in some spots so I highly recommend getting the pro version and downloading the trail before.

Joe F.
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Hiking

Hard. Forest fires have knocked down a bunch of trees - we probably climbed over 300 downed trees on the path. The path is extremely hard to find in places, we did our best to mark it with cairns. The GPS does not line up with the trail and we were off path several times. When it was all said and done. GPS said the up and back we did was 19.8 miles.

Laurie Gammill
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Hiking

Nothings says Hale Canyon. No trail signs so confusing. Lots of different roads with some trails off to the sides however nothing is marked. There is a gate that just says to close behind you. I'm sure we were in the right place though according to this map/gps.

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