Explore the most popular birding trails in White Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
6 days ago

Awesome trail with gradual incline. Great view at the top of the saddle. Actually went down this trail by accident with the intention to climb Nogal Summit. If you’re planning to head for that summit, don’t go this way unless you want to turn your 3 mile hike into a 9 miler. Oops.

9 days ago

One of my top favorite hikes ever. The views at the top are stunning and unparalleled. The leaves are just starting to change color. Still challenging despite the short mileage. It doesn’t get any better!

22 days ago

Beautiful views!

Tougher trail than we thought it would be. Many steep, rocky inclines and descents. That being said the view at the top is astounding! Close to 7 miles. Take your time and wear good hiking boots.

Great hike through trees and meadows. When you get to Argentina Peak, I highly encourage you to top the rock. It is a tough climb, but well worth it for the view and a great place to rest.

This was a fantastic hike and we highly recommend doing the loop. Don’t take the cut off stay the course and you will be rewarded with beautiful vistas. The map say 6 miles but it is really over 7 miles. Great hike.

What a fun and scenic trail which is perfect for a day hike. I love the changes in terrain from alpine and aspens along the Bonito creek to grassland at the top of the Crest trail; them back to aspens and alpine on the Aspen trail. And who doesn't love a ridgeline hike? We got lost for a moment when we turned from Bonito Trail onto the Crest trail. The grass is so long on the climb up on the crest trail toward the White Horse Hill but the All Trails map kept us on track. So I suggest leaving the AllTrails app to verify on the map. Once we past the ridge to the other side there were views from miles. We only saw one other group while hiking and the dogs had plenty of fun running off leash. So far this is one of my favorite hikes near Ruidoso. I’ll definitely come back for a weekend backpacking trip as there are plenty of trails to make a big loop.

trail running
2 months ago

Toughest mile and change I’ve hiked in a very long time. Took me 35 minutes to power hike to the top and maybe 15 minutes down. Lightly trafficked trail with zero switchbacks and some light bushwhacking. Take heed that about halfway up to the summit there is a fork which might be missed because the actual trail to the summit is narrow and overgrown with trees and bushes. If you find yourself going downhill, you’ve missed the cutoff. Views at the top are bitching. Got some great panos and can see for at least 100 miles in each direction.

2 months ago

well marked trail. It's a little steep on the upper part where joins the Crest trail # 25, but nothing outrageous. Will hike again.

The best trail in area.

Long, beautiful sights of the desert. Rewarding, and difficult. Sometimes the path wasn’t marked well enough because of brushbut that made it better in my opinion

leg burner at the top. great views once you get there.

This is my favorite trail in this area so far! Great weather today. I’ll be doing this one again.

This is in the top five of our favorite hikes. So glad we did not take the shortcut. The views were gorgeous.

My sister and I are in our 50’s and we hiked about 2 miles. We walked uphill past several secluded cabins for about a 1/2 mile to reach the trailhead. It was a continuous but gradual climb for about another 1 1/2 miles. We reached a very steep climb up a mountain and decided we didn’t have enough energy for that so we turned around. We saw lots of burned trees and logs. We loved the vistas and the birds singing. We saw a blue jay. We only met two couples. It was a very quiet trail. I would consider it close to a hard trail.

Long and bumpy drive to get there. Sure am glad we brought our truck.. Pretty but will be much prettier in the summer when the trees are all green and there are more flowers.

excellent trail, it is important to wear long pants because there are many poisonous plants. carry more than two liters of water.

Very Clearly marked and very doable trek! Took us about 2/12 hours to complete. loose rock but overall a chill hike. Went in Mid-June it was 85° and 76° when we finished.
Our dogs loved it. The Cows had us blocked in a spot for a min.
wore shorts and tank. take sunscreen and water, maybe some jerky for a snack.

drive to the trail head or its going to take way too long. first thing you have to do is get across a small river. your going to start passing cabins and wondering who the heck lives out here . you might even be a tad stressed that there could be hobos out there to rob you. dont worry , no hobos.i did this with my four and six year old. its pretty easy until you get into the white mountain wilderness.the ledges are steep and my daughter really needed a harness.seriously its one wrong step away from the emergency room and she was in lala land picking wildflowers. there is a cave towards the end of the trail. i would recommend packing some heat before checking that out.

Navigation app takes you to a gate of the local association. You will have to hike in to the trail head. First third to half is well defined. After that it’s hit or miss. Terrain is rugged and awesome. It is deceptive that the trail is 2.2, but it’s a lot of up and down the side of the gorge. Pants are preferred. Saw one couple exiting the trail and no one else so, lightly used. We loved it and will return. All Trails was spot on.

5 months ago

Took me a little over 2.5 hours roundtrip but I began hiking up the service road. I recommend either starting at the bottom of 108 or parking at one of the two clearings along the road if you want a longer and more challenging hike. The final steep is tricky due to loose rocks but definitely worth the effort and part of the fun. Should have packed a second layer as it was super windy at the summit, otherwise it was a great hike.

Be ready to hike for the day. I did this with my wife and dog and it took us from 9am-4:30ish with a few stops and lunch. Overall, it was a great trail. We got to see elk hiking in mountains across the canyon from us. The views are spectacular once you get up in the mountains and out of the trees. I would do it again.

6 months ago

Great hike with a great view at the top. It’s harder as you get closer to the peak. I’m 6 foot 290 pounds, and it took me 2.5 hours to get up with a dozen stops, and 45 minutes to get down. It is harder coming down at the peak because of the grade and loose rock.

9 months ago

great hike! harder than moderate but well worth it!

Beautiful hike. Do not take the shortcut that connects Argentina and Bonito before getting to the summit. If you do so you’d miss the best part of the hike and the stunning views of the desert on the western side of the mountain range.

This is a great trail I saw two Elk mid-way down Turkey Canyon. I recommend going clockwise, starting out with the Argentina Canyon Trail and come down the Turkey Canyon. The trail is extremely steep when you come off the Crest Trail onto Turkey Canyon.

Hiked this trail yesterday in about 2 hours. great trail, amazing views, not too rugged. As a local this is one of my favorite loops to do. In mid November the weather wasn't too cold yet. however early in the morning and closers to sunset could potentially be very cold this time of year.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail - would be best trekked in October, as the leaves are brightest at this altitude during that time. We hiked in November and it was still stunning. The views from the crest trail at White Horse Hill were worth the climb (trail tops out right about 10,000 ft).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fantastic views, backpacked for 2 nights. Mostly easy water access.
Dropped to 25 degrees second night.
Trail well marked, some moderate climbing.
Great trip.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Great views. It’s a tough hike but the short distance makes up for it. Loose rocks in spots so coming back down can be tricky.

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