Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Not sure how this was before the fire but now it’s pretty hard to follow once you get deeper into the canyon. We actually weren’t able to finish it. There are some cairns along the way that we followed but we lost them eventually.

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome views, but very rocky. It is manageable though. Take bug spray during summer months. Saw several deer. A good family hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Wife and I enjoyed this trail. It's real close to town. Great views of the railroad tracks and White sands! Excellent choice especially if you're limited on time and can only hit up one trail as was our case.

hiking
2 days ago

Did this in reverse, making for the hardest climbs up front. Beautiful views continuously.

beautiful trail with different options

Beautiful trail. Well marked.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice trail, pretty area, well marked and close to downtown Cloudcroft. Trailhead right off highway. Was plenty challenging for wife and I in mid 70s. Entire trail had cell service available. Enjoyed using to see our location on the trail with this app.

I would not rate this hike moderate. The views were not a worthy return on incline investment (with miner’s trail included). The trail was shaded throughout making it a nice choice for a summer day, though.

It's amazing that minutes from the village you can hop on this nice trail and be in the national Forest. It's a well marked trail with just the right amount of challenge for a family or "older" person.

14 days ago

First hike. Really nice. Beautiful scenery. Well marked.

First mountain trail hike with our two littles! Beautiful scenery, great overlook, and not too hard for our 3 year old!

Good change of scenery throughout. Opens up into a very nice meadow perfect for a picnic. Definitely some elevation change and narrow rocky places so it would be difficult to do the whole trail with very young kids.

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.

21 days ago

Beautiful, woodsy, and cool.

hiking
22 days ago

We started this hike late in the afternoon with our 8 yr old and 4 pups. It was a moderate hike with some areas being a bit steep. Overall a great hike with some really nice views. Very few people on the trail which made this really nice and enjoyable. I would recommend using the map in the app because there are some areas where the trail splits. It took us a couple of hours but we took our time to enjoy everything.

Great trail. Definitely take miners trail back. Would highly recommend it.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful easy trail through a nice forest and great views of the White Sands

Nice, exposed in areas so if it’s hot and sunny it can get warm on high side of road. You could run this trail easily. We saw a big elk.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail in June with temps in low 80s. It is indeed a mostly moderate trail but there are some very steep climbs and some of the terrain going down is steep and very rocky and slippery that are a bit challenging. Take a hiking stick for stability. We would not recommend taking your dog without some little dog booties due to the parts of rocky terrain. most of the hike is shaded and beautiful. We saw an elk and wild turkey. when you reach the top of the mountain, make sure you take the correct turn to go back. glad we had this app to help us ensure we were on the correct trail as we did make a wrong turn and had to double back. overall worth the hike.

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.

freaking awesome . tons of dead game at the beginning which scared the halos out of my daughter.but if your not hunting here your a freaking moron.im not a hunter I'm just saying. its kind of hard to find . i found it accidentally. i think i did the lookout mountain loop.

hiking
1 month ago

this trail is fun. a lot of small rivers.the top is a little steep but i think its kid friendly. awesome view from the top!dont take your husband with you three kids is too many.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail easy to follow only down side was that several people did not clean up their dogs poop which was right I the middle of the trail.

Trail is in good condition and well marked. There are lots of views down into side canyons and several old lumber roads that make nice side treks. Just don't get lost! We saw lots of Elk and Mule Deer.
We also hiked down Dark Canyon itself, which runs west to east, lying north of the marked trail loop. It is marked on the All Trails map as Dark Canyon Road, which in reality does not exist and only parts of it remain to be seen. The canyon is very pretty with may extremely large trees. There was an unusual amount of animal skeletons to see, along with a stock tank and spring at about 2.5 miles from the top of the canyon.
Benson Ridge Road, which leads to the Dark Canyon trail head is rough in places, but can be driven by all but the lowest suspension of cars, as long as it is driven slowly.

1 month ago

Super Easy (:

1 month ago

Great trail, the elevation at almost 9000’ did slow us down a bit. But we did well being 60 and 64 years young!

backpacking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

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...

hiking
2 months 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.

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