hiking
3 days ago

This isn’t much of a hiking trail really - about 2 miles roundtrip if you park in the lot and walk around the campground to the trailhead. Not much to see, but an easy walk. Would be good for trail running and dog walking, or doing a loop if camping there.

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

on Hermit Peak Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Nice day hike to Hermit Peak on Sunday, May 24 (Memorial Day weekend) with my husband and dog. The campground where the trail begins was still closed due to COVID-19. The parking area outside the gate was rather chaotic when we arrived at 8:00 AM. The trail was well-marked and easy to follow. We only passed one other couple on the way up. It took us 2:17 to reach the peak. We recorded it as 4 miles one way. The elevation gain is quite brutal; it just keeps getting steeper as you ascend, until you reach the crest. Our dog was able to get water from a spring in a couple places. The views on the way up are limited due to trees. (Though the tree cover was not thick enough to keep me from getting sunburned!) The expansive views from the top are very nice. No one else was on the summit when we arrived, though another group arrived about 15 minutes later. The book "50 Hikes in Northern New Mexico" stated that there is a loop trail at the top, which we tried unsuccessfully to find. We saw some old sign posts where we thought it would be, leading us to believe it has become overgrown and is no longer a maintained trail. On our way back down, we saw many people coming up - probably 20 groups headed up in the early- to mid-afternoon. I recommend Hermit Peak for a nice hike away from many of the crowds. Please remember to pack out all trash, including peels from oranges, bananas, etc.

Beautiful hike! Springs are supposed to be closed but ppl still got in.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

The trailhead is located next to Campsite 24. It’s a short lovely hike with a mild incline through a pine forest. When you get to a fork in the trail and continue straight ahead instead of following the arrow for the loop, you’ll be on another trail. After a few minutes on this trail, you’ll be rewarded with some breathtaking views. Be aware that some people think this trail is a dog park. We ran into a group of 5-6 idiots who were crowding the trail on both sides and these women were not practicing social distancing for whatever reason and they also had 5-6 angry little aggressive dogs who were unleashed and lunged at us. There were others on this trail who also had dogs off their leash.

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

backpacking
no shade
1 month ago

Did a 3 night backpacking trip here end of April. Camped off trail near the 3 mile mark, absolutely no water during the first 3.5 miles, but was able to find a small stream to filter water around 3.5mi. Before that mark, the riverbanks were completely dry. Otherwise, good trail, well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! Definitely “hard”, but give yourself enough time, start early, take breaks, drink water, eat salty snacks, you’ll be fine. Amazing views, great day hike. First two miles are moderate. Last two miles are all the cuss words. Worth it though! Took us 3.5 hours going up and 1.5 hours going down including about 30 minutes at the summit.

hiking
1 month ago

lovely hike through pine forests. shady. initial incline moderately strenuous but then levels out. if you ignore the arrow pointing you back towards the loop, and continue onwards, there are some truly epic views and more (heavily) strenuous hikes in the backside. fantastic adventure, you can make a whole day of it!

backpacking
rocky
1 month ago

Really loved this hike. I backpacked this just for one night to get out of the house due to the stay at home order for COVID-19! I started on Saturday morning and there was a few inches of snow, but was lovely at the top. The snow melted by Sunday. I would recommend sturdy shoes for those who twist ankles easily (like me), since most of the way to the top is super rocky. The hike was on the harder side, mainly because the last two miles are switchbacks and on the steeper end. But I completed this with a backpacking pack on and wasn't too terrible, and that's coming from someone who hasn't done too much hiking this winter. The views from the top are amazing.

on Black Canyon Trail

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Quick loop!

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, definitely a challenge, great views. first 2 miles are nice second 2 miles are strenuous. I went early March and could not reach the peak due to snow also campgroubds are not open at that time. At the beginning of the trail, go left, into the private property (learned that the hard way).

Definitely not a beginner trail, but worth it. View is absolutely stunning

hiking
7 months ago

Killer rocky trail, we used trekking poles. Would I do it again? Emphatic yes!

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful views.. tough trail.. well worth it!

hiking
8 months ago

Short and sweet trail that will still get your blood pumping.

hiking
8 months ago

This was the 2nd hike of day 1 in my 5 day camping trip. Very nice hike to end my day. This type of forest scenery is my favorite.

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely short hike with gentle elevation. Walked it in less than an hour.

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely short hike with mild elevation.

hiking
8 months ago

I am 55 and 50 pounds overweight but I'm not in horrible shape. do a lot of city walking and the moderate weekend five mile hike. I made it to the top with 30 pounds of gear to spend the night. it was definitely no walk in the park, lol. it took me seven hours to get up and five to get down. so I'm slow. advice: trekking poles. three liters of water. a water filter system. a flashlight and a fully charged phone. don't assume that you will Sprint down twice as fast as you will go up. going down has its own challenges. because the trail is so difficult to see in places, you want to avoid being out there at night.

hiking
9 months ago

Great little trail for morning hike

hiking
9 months ago

Great shady trail. Easy with kids. No expansive views but beautiful trees.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is not for the faint-hearted. It’s difficult but it is totally worth the view. I recommend finding a walking stick or bringing one. It helped me most of the hike. Bring lots of water!! In the end, the view is worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Great, beautiful hike. Amazing variety of wildflowers! Definitely a steady incline, with the grade picking up a bit in the latter half. But if you are fairly fit, it's nothing difficult. There are about 4 water access points throughout the hike for any dogs out there, which my dog appreciated! We were the only people at the top, so enjoyed the views in peace! Saw just a few people coming up on our way down. The other hike along the creek from the trail head is also beautiful, and pretty much flat. Some cool bridges you get to cross about a mile in, too.

Loved the trail; interesting landscape changes and was nicely shaded. The bridge is washed out on the easternmost side of the trail. We were able to get past with no wet feet balancing on hiking poles and exposed rocks. As an fyi, If you're not looking at the trail map while hiking, there is a part where the trail picks up on the other side of the Jemez Falls parking lot.

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