Explore the most popular hiking 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.

It was a good hike, the terrain is good with a couple good inclines. There is a part where if you go right”don’t do this” you will be far off course. There’s a rock that you climb up and continue on the course.. there are few patches of thicket. But it’s a great view when you get to the top!

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.

hiking
28 days 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.

Amazing trail. Steep inclines toward the top and some dodgy/hidden trail sections but overall a great hike!!

3 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.

it's was awesome and had a sense of danger with all the trees that were burt and fallen over but with breathtaking views

Awesome hike!!! Get to see a a lot of different aspects of the area, A+

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.

backpacking
5 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).

Tough trail but got it done before dark, elevations got over 10,000 ft loved it

great trail, lots of good scenery

Lots of beautiful wildlife, scenery is gorgeous (even after the fire), and the hike was perfect for moderate hikers.

backpacking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

Great hike in the White mountain wilderness, views from clear water trail are great

hiking
6 months ago

All the trails that go to Crest #25 are some of the best in the area, this is one of my favorite, with great views of the Tularosa basin

Great trail, variety of terrain and sights. Easy to navigate, well traveled and marked.

Good trail however the the trail has some nice briars overgrowing the trail so have long pants or plan to circumnavigate. In burned areas the sun now reaches the ground and there are wildflowers into the fall.

backpacking
7 months ago

my all time favorite trail!

Awesome Trail! I would be mindful of taking small children, there was a good 3/4 miles with thorny bushes. There were also sections that had a lot of rocks. Overall...loved it!

Some Bear Scat...be aware!

hiking
7 months ago

great trail. summer rains have beautiful wildflowers growing. 2nd time this summer. will complete again in fall just to see the changes in landscape

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great moderate hike with beautiful scenery. I loved following the creek and hearing the water. We did not do the loop but chose to hike in for over an hour and turn around. It's been one of my favorite hikes over all.

backpacking
8 months ago

This was the first leg of a two-day backpacking trip. I had not hiked this trail in almost 20 years, and I had forgotten how scenic it is. It may be my favorite trail in the White Mountain Wilderness. The stream was flowing well (and had trout in it--something I have not seen anywhere else up here). The trail runs through the canyon carved by the stream, with occasional dramatic cliffs on either side. We saw no other hikers the entire day; we had Three Rivers and another 8 miles on the Crest all to ourselves. And we lucked out on the weather: not a drop of rain, and few clouds.

Trail is overgrown and not taken care of. You lose track at a pile of rocks. Make sure to wear pants and waterproof shoes as you have to cross the creek to continue. Or play hopscotch on some of the rocks in the creek.

We just hiked a mile in (had a 4 year old with me), but it was absolutely gorgeous! Well marked trail, lush forests with no burn sections, several scenic creek crossings, and two abandoned mine shafts! Towards the one mile mark it starts getting steep, so it is probably a moderate trail overall, but if you're looking for an easy family hike, the first mile of Turkey Canyon is where it's at!

hiking
8 months ago

Really nice hike, especially past the .5 mile mark. The beginning of the trail has a lot of thistle so definitely wear pants, and the trail is a steady climb for 1.4 miles. Might be tough for real young kids. My 4 year old got tired after .5 and went back with my wife. But if you keep going, the last .5 of the trail has spectacular views of Nogal peak, and the end of the trail is atop a crest with incredible 360 views. I would rate this as moderate though due to the incline, loose rocks, and dense underbrush at the start of the trail. Overall, a really nice, relatively short hike with great views at the end. Didn't see anyone else on the trail!

We were unable to drive to the trail head - We had to walk about .75 of a mile via dirt road.

Trail was easy to follow, though very over grown by tall grass and lined with a lot of wild raspberries. Hiking pants would have been preferred over shorts.

The sound of the water in the creek was very enjoyable- the increase of bugs? Not so much!

It appeared the last bit of the hike may have been scrambling up some rocks. We chose not to continue and turned around shy of the dead end. The part of the trail we completed, we called easy, not moderate.

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