Looking for a great trail in Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico? AllTrails has 53 great hiking trails, trail 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!

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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.

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blowdown
off trail
over grown
1 day ago

If you are looking for something hard to follow and iffy as heck, this is a good one. I did 11km in 2h45m, but I jogged the actual visible parts of the trail. I did the miner's road to crest to telephone canyon. It was easy until I got to the mine road, but I lost the first big switchback and didn't find anything for almost a km. There were quite a few points where I lost it or was not sure where the trail was even though I was pretty sure about where I was on the map. Crest trail was good, and the telephone canyon trail was easy to navigate. I could just suck at following trails, but I had a tough time on this one. Still, it was kind of fun just to do something a little harder than the usual well-marked stroll. I wouldn't do it again but I'm glad I did it.

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rocky
2 days ago

Follow the AllTrails map. Some of the trail signage is confusing. Full loop offers some great views of Sierra Blanca.

Good hike! Definitely worth doing! We’re in decent hiking shape and finished in 2.5 hours with a couple of short breaks. It was hot outside (mid-80s), shady in some parts but definitely not everywhere, and there are some decent inclines and switchbacks that got us winded. A no-brainer, but take plenty of water!! I’d rate it somewhere between easy and moderate. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL VIEWS of the turquoise lake and Sierra Blanca. Would have been fun to spend some more time at the lake after the hike (fishing and/or kayak & paddle board rentals available).

hiking
6 days ago

Decent hike, a few slopes that get you winded. Keeps teasing you with views of the lake.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail, tho a bit rocky, take the ATV trail up. Once at the top check your map and you see that the same trail runs through there but at a different location. You can pick up on that trail you take a right down the road and the next right. Walk that road until you reach the bottom of the canyon. Take the canyon down. You won’t see the trail at first, but it is there. It seems to come and go. If you stick to the dry river bed you will be able to take that trail all the back to your car. Super beautiful and much easier on your feet.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice but can be hot

hiking
10 days ago

Well marked, beautiful trees but not much scenery lookout wise, lots of shade, nice and quiet about midway in

ATV trail that goes up to forest road with a fair amount of truck and ATV traffic. No thanks!

From the other reviews, I thought this would be a scenic trail. Instead, we found a desert landscape with scrub brush and very little shade. We made it to the "most spectacular waterfall", which turned out to be a little trickle of water (July 5th). We got back to the trailhead just before 11am and it was already 95 degrees. If you go in the summer, do it before 9am or after 7pm to have more shade and avoid the scorching heat.

Loved the trail, easy little get away from home.

I measured 11 miles. I hiked early morning and saw a brown bear, herd of elk, herd of wild horses, and a coyote on the mesa.

Beautiful trail. The route to the north was much prettier than the route to the south.5 stars until the pedestrian bridge and then 3 stars for the way back. Overall still worth checking out.

Great hike that gave us the whole trail basically to ourselves. Varied terrain that starts off rocky with views of the basin and White Sands then descends into thick forest and underbrush. The trail is 31 miles long, but offers various primitive campsites (be smart with fire as we saw some irresponsible camps) and 4 different TH locations. Time yourself if you are going out and back as the the THs are spaced far apart. Beautiful views and loads of wildlife. If you want flowers, hummingbirds, and butterflies then June and July are great times to go.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful trail to hike ...lots of shade

Great trail and multiple entrances so you dont have to hike all of it

hiking
16 days ago

Loved this trail for a light morning hike

Beautiful! July 1st hike, had a couple light showers; it was fun, we saw a herd of mule deer and a coyote.

hiking
18 days ago

What a beautiful place to hike. Very popular for fishing and canoeing. This is a must do for anyone who likes to hike. It's marked an easy trail but you still get a workout.

hiking
18 days ago

road noise at times

We hiked this trail in late June. Not a cloud in the sky yet it remained 70 degrees perfect. Once we found the trail it was great besides walking in the road. The dog did proclaim that there was limited shade. So bring water for your fluffers and doggos.

hiking
21 days ago

Love this trail, a little on the rocky side but overall we’d do it again!

Beautiful views. Can get crowded on the weekends.

hiking
21 days ago

Love this trail

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no shade
rocky
22 days ago

Wouldn’t recommend for a dog. There is almost no shade and the rocks get so hot we had to stop, go to town and buy dog socks and try again. We made it about a mile in with the dog socks and decided to give up. I’m an avid runner so this would have been fine for me without the aged dog. Still would have been very hot tho.

Great trail for views of the canyon below. On your left you’ll see the mountain and on your right will be the canyon. Trail is wide and very well marked. I suggest going on a cloudy day since the shade is very limited. My dog and I snuck up on an Elk, who quickly ran away once she saw us. Getting to the trail is a bit difficult due to the rocky road (took about an hour to drive 15 miles), but it’s definitely worth the drive from Cloudcroft.

Pretty trail but hugs the road for most of what we could tell.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful trail!

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