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The Lincoln consists of three ranger districts: Sacramento, Smokey Bear and Guadalupe. There are three major mountain ranges: Sacramento, Guadalupe and Capitan that cover 1,103,441 acres in parts of four counties in southeastern New Mexico. Elevations range from 4,000 to 11,500 feet and pass through five different life zones from Chihuahuan desert to sub-alpine forest. Vegetation types are very diverse across the Forest and range from rare cacti in the lower elevations to Englemann spruce in the higher.


4 days ago

Great exercise and beautiful views! The creeks were wonderful and peaceful. The whole trail is actually closer to 7 miles. We will definitely come back and make sure to have more time to stop and enjoy more of the scenery. We went late in the afternoon so we rushed it. It began to snow/sleet which made for beautiful snow covered trees.

5 days ago

Trail follows through the woods for the most part, but there are a couple of places with a view. On 10/14, fall colors were just starting on some trees while a lot of the aspens had already dropped most of the leaves. Good for a quick, easy hike.

Just challenging enough, the views were awesome.
Lots of lose rocks that will roll out from under your feet. There was quite the elevation change in a short time, kept my breathing and heart rate up.

10 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike! The canyon with the stream and the wildflowers was lovely. The hike up to the ridge was a little strenuous but totally worth it. The views from the ridge were amazing. Saw 5 mule deer and elk tracks. Took T93 the whole way to extend our hike and avoid the difficulties since mentioned with T92.

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.

Beautiful hike but more like eight miles if you go all the way to the ridge line. Met a great crew of guys working on the trail.

12 days 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.

15 days ago

Very enjoyable hike. Took my wife and dog. My dog thoroughly enjoyed all the opportunities to run in the stream that follows the trail most of the way. Only the last kilometer i would rate moderate or slightly difficult because of the loose rocks. The view from the top is gorgeous.

18 days ago

Beautiful stroll through the Lincoln national Forest, fall colors just starting to come out here at the beginning of October. Some nice views of White Sands in the distance and generally accessible for those looking for a less strenuous hike.

27 days ago

Loved it! Almost 7 miles is a long trek for a beginner hiker, but I made it and will definitely do it again. It was just beautiful!

on Cedar Creek Trail

1 month ago

It was a nice hike with pretty views of Sierra Blanca! Great hike if you don’t have a lot of time.

Took my Citified wife on this trail. She struggled a bit on the return thru the miners trail, but worth going that route. Good little hike

This is our FAVORITE trail so far, our dogs now know it by heart and get so excited when we get close to the trail!

1 month ago

Poles and gloves recommended.

stared out about 8, temps got to about 90, and little to no shade on the way down.

suggest starting early and watch the weather for the heat.

Different terrain, rocks, gravel, some climbing and navigation on large rocks. primarily understand your ability to do the different levels of difficulty.

there is a stram, so a water filter will assist in a lighter load about 2.5 to 3 miles. I will personally do that next time.

overall fun hike, heat was a test, and the earlier the better. total workout from the get go. be prepared to get the cardio in.

loved the hike. shady and beautiful

very overgrown. trail completely disappears in many places

1 month 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.

Short walk to the beautiful waterfall

Great trail not far from town. I would rate most of the trail fairly easy and on the lower end of moderate but I also didn’t have time to do the entire loop. T93 has lots of little creeks to cross and plenty of scenery. It was the best trail for my dog that we hiked all weekend and enjoyed the wildlife. I ran into 5 or 6 people so it’s lightly traveled.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

Nice shady hike with plenty of tree cover. In terms of scenery, its nothing epic as the trees block the views most of the way but this is a great escape on a hot day. We barely saw anyone so it was very peaceful and our dogs had a blast running off leash.

1 month ago

Went up the canyon on TR93 great hike along the creek lots of water flowing after a few days of heavy rain. Great views from the top, the trail down the ridge TR92 is pretty bad with lots of erosion damage. Treking poles highly recommended very loose steep rocky terriean. Next time I will just go back down TR93 it is way more fun and shady. Looks like a new MTB trail going in as well.

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

wonderful experience

2 months ago

perfect for beginning hikers! plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. beautiful scenery!

Excellent hike

West side ascent rocky but good work out. East side descent beautiful with a stretch of trail covered with pine needles. Lots of fallen trees. Path well marked and maintained.

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