Explore the most popular forest 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.

backpacking
17 hours ago

A good trail with a few camping options along the way if you're a backpacker looking for some backcountry camping. We saw several other hikers and everyone was friendly and shared the trail well.

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.

Nice quiet trail..great mildly gradual incline surrounded by trees and a few wildflowers. Parking area by road watch closely for signs. Dusty and very dry but nice breeze...would recommend for a nice workout without the crowds...

Easy to moderate, depending on the weather. Impossible to miss. Not very frequented. Took me (woman, 210lbs) 2:45 hours including two ten minutes breaks.

hiking
6 days ago

Me and my little one who is 4 years old did this trail today and it is perfect. Easy trail with easy clear signs to follow. Definitely going to do this one a few more times.

13 days ago

Our ‘go to’ trail. Very nice shaded trail walk for out dogs and it’s a nice loop.

The trail is a good stretch of the legs. Not too much for wildlife but did see a few deer, osprey and a lizard. The trail is lined with piles of down timber, hundreds if not thousands of piles.

mountain biking
26 days ago

Went there on 4/28 loved it some hiking with the bike then the fun starts. You can get some speed good paths you really can’t go off course. It’s more fun than work will do again.

Nice hike, be prepared, at some points there are 23 degrees step, while at the creek, stop, enjoy the quietness , beautiful, deers, squirrels and a lot of beautiful birds.

Not sure if I’d rate this easy. More moderate but great hike.

Tough challenge on my MTB....but good fun

Good easy to moderate hike, little long, kinda the same ol same ol, enjoyed it

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!

First time on this trail. Great! The views of Sierra Blanca are very nice. A couple of steep climbs, but nothing too difficult. A very well maintained trail! Birds!

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.

Great trail. Close highway in spots. Scenic great trail for heart rate

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike and some good views! Some spots of loose rock/gravel.

Great hike; take the miners trail on the way back to the starting route for beautiful vistas. It borders being strenuous at some points and isn’t well marked, so bring GPS if you take that part of the loop. Saw deer, horned toad, birds.

hiking
2 months ago

very pretty overlook, could have marked the trail a little bitbetter but overall it was very hiker friendly.

I parked at the (locked) gate near the end of FR 127A and then walked about a half mile to the Telephone Canyon Trailhead. You kinda meander past some houses, and then the trailhead is behind the last cabin. I forgot to take a picture, but at about .5-.6 mi there is a spring on the left of the trail, just as you're making a switchback to the left. I started seeing/hearing a lot of birds at around 7,500'. As you make your way to the Crest Trail, to the right you can see the Monjeau Lookout Tower. It was pretty windy up there. so other than just a few stops to take in the view and snap a pic or two, I made my way to the Miner's Rd Trail asap. I initially missed the turnoff to Miner's Rd Trail and ended up having to backtrack a little bit. Miner's Rd Trial is pretty rugged. (Once you find it) it's really easy to follow, it's just that this area was burned out pretty thoroughly in '12 and there are still many, many downed logs to navigate. It starts to get a lot prettier towards the end of the trail. There are several springs and the water was flowing at a decent rate the day I saw it. There's a pretty (small) waterfall where the Miner's Rd Trail and the N Eagle Creek trail come together. From there, it's just a simple walk of about .75 mi back to your car. It took me about 4.5 hrs, but I stopped to sit and watch the birds, I stopped to have lunch, and a few other times just to take everything in and enjoy the view so don't pay too much attention to my time. I enjoyed this hike, but I prefer the Argentina/Crest/Bonito Loop. Enjoy!

This trail was beautiful but with all the debris, it was very difficult to get up the mountain. There also is no clear trail so be sure you have your map ready. I really enjoyed this hike, but it should be marked as Hard because I took novice hikers with me and they really struggled.

Hiked up Telephone Canyon, which was relatively strenuous as it was an incline the whole way to Crest Trail. It was mostly burnt out, but that presented some great views of the snow-capped Lookout and Sierra Blanca peaks. Once got to Crest Trail and back down Miner’s Road, it was easy. Tough at points to follow Miner’s Road because there is little defined trail, and a lot of fallen trees, so be sure to have your phone charged up.

Very nice, easy trail with well maintained path. As others have said, very close to the highway. Still many opportunities to see some wildlife.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike. Elevation climb is gradual and easy to navigate. Opens up to other trails for those who want to keep going. Great forested area!

hiking
2 months ago

Though the trail is still very muddy in many areas (I suggest taking a bag to put your hiking shoes in after and a second pair of shoes to put on before heading out), we were able to get through the whole trail and enjoyed the great views and solitude. Not many others were on the trail at the same time.

Love this trail right out of the rainbow lake camp ground fun trail after a morning breakfast!!!

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.

3 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails. It’s got great views, solitude and flora and fauna. Easy to walk and pretty quick.

Lovely trail and well kept. I loved the view of the farmland and cows. Flowers were everywhere when we hiked this last fall.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this loop (T92->T93) with my wife and sister-in-law, all of us avid hikers, on a beautiful winter day, highs in the 60s. Must say, not our favorite. Heading up the "easy" T92 is fine, although you're hiking up the canyon, basically spending time in or crossing the wash, replete with rocks and stones. But that was trivial compared with the "difficult" crossover and descent down T93! Very rocky and a bit hard to follow in places (good news: all seem to get you back except the branch at the top you need to pay attention to). For sure, hiking poles help. Vistas are great albeit partially blocked by trees. Good for one time we all agreed.

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