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.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
3 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
6 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
7 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!

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

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and shady! Great for mnting and hiking!

8 months ago

Nice and shady! Great for mnting and hiking!

hiking
9 months ago

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
9 months ago

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.

Lovely area for hiking. Loads of deer, birds, wildflowers, insects, very lush. Great moderate trail. Would be a great all day area. Bathroom facilities were very clean.

Really enjoyed our hike today. The falls were running full. Upper meadow area was beautiful and really enjoyed seeing the spring come in from the ground. Moderate trails, maintain very well. Beautiful drive in and was not disappointed. Highly recommend.

backpacking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Had a blast on this hike, got off the trail a few times because it was covered in snow but it just made it that much more fun finding it again!

trail running
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Challenging loop. Steady climb for the first 3 miles, flattens out for a couple of miles, then after the sharp right turn around mile 5 the trail switchbacks up again. At 5.25 miles, the trail becomes significantly steeper with an elevation gain of 600'. Ive only done this loop twice now and have had to walk most of the distance between mile 5.25 and mile 6. After peaking, however, the trail is downhill for the remaining 4 miles. Just be careful not to eat it by heading downhill too fast as you'll likely be a little less coordinated due to the previous uphill. Love this course!

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.

This time we decided to combine two trails in the Lincoln National Forest, near the town of Cloudcroft NM, the Willie White Trail (T-113) and Wills Canyon Trail (T-5008). We started our journey through the entrance of the Willie White Trail Spur (T-112) at the Bluff Springs area. These are the directions: When in Cloudcroft, take NM 130 Hwy. At the next intersection take Sunspot Hwy (NM 6563). Around the mile 9 you will see the sign providing directions to Bluff Springs, here you can find the entrance of Willie White Trail Spur to the left just crossing the wood bridge. We Walked on spur trail T-112 and in about half a mile we intersected the Willie White Trail (T-113). We walked for another mile and a half until we reached the intersection of T-113 with Wills Canyon Trail named T-5008. We decided to follow T-5008 to our left. On Wills Canyon Trail you will hike a flat dense forest for most of the way except for the last part of the trail were you gain some altitude. In about 5 miles we reached the second intersection with Willie White Trail. We got confused a bit because this intersection does not match the one shown on the map, for a moment we thought we had lost the trail. We continue walking on T-113 until we reached T-112 and back to Bluff Springs to complete the day. As always that you visit the Sacramento Mountains, you will find an abundant vegetation. Because the summer rain already started at the region, be prepared to see a lot of flowers. As far as fauna is concern, we only encounter small mammals and birds as well as many butterflies. The difficult for this combination of trails is moderate, perhaps a little long but satisfaction is warranted.

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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