Best trails in Lincoln National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico? AllTrails has 55 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 35 moderate trails in Lincoln National Forest ranging from 1 to 19.3 miles and from 3,221 to 11,541 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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#1 - Osha Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Beautiful trail through a fir forest with nice views of white sands from the western rim. Show more
#2 - Bridal Veil Falls & Grand View Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Restored trestle, desert stream, riparian wildlife, 45 foot waterfall, and trestle ruins. Start at the Salado Canyon Trestle trailhead and follow the trail to the right for 1.5 miles. You will arrivShow more
#3 - Perk Ridge Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 49 m
Perk Ridge Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ruidoso, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optioShow more
#4 - Dog Canyon Trail 106
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 6 h 24 m
Dog Canyon Trail 106 is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alamogordo, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventShow more
#5 - North Cedar Creek Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
North Cedar Creek Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ruidoso, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily useShow more
#6 - Willie White and Wills Canyon Loop Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 10 m
Willie White and Wills Canyon Loop Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a numberShow more
#7 - National Recreation Rim Trail (Trail 105)
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 30.6 mi • Est. Multi-day
National Recreation Rim Trail (Trail 105) is a 30.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mayhill, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. TShow more
#8 - Cedar Creek Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Cedar Creek Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used frShow more
#9 - Willie White Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 32 m
Willie White Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number oShow more
#10 - Lucas Canyon Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
Lucas Canyon Trail is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number ofShow more
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