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Best trails in Lincoln National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico? AllTrails has 56 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 36 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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Top trails (56)
#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 - Grindstone Lake Loop
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
Well maintained trail system located in Lincoln National Forest, less than five minutes outside of Ruidoso, NM The trail head is located in the upper parking lot to Grindstone Lake, and is very easy Show 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 - 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
#5 - Cedar Creek Loop
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
There are many trails in this area if you'd like to extend or shorten your hike.Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - 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
#8 - Willie White and Wills Canyon Loop Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 6 m
Willie White and Wills Canyon Loop Trail is a 10.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sunspot, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number Show more
#9 - Grindstone Lake to Winchester Road
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 55 m
Grindstone Lake to Winchester Road is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ruidoso, New Mexico that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarilyShow more
#10 - Switchback and Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m
Switchback and Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mayhill, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is good for all skill leveShow more
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