Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Great time. Almost died but i saw my spirit animal (Bear)

I absolutely love this trail! Phenomenal views but beware of the section of downed trees, and the section of overgrowth. Some challenges, even for a local gal like myself. Definitely the biggest challenge is the elevation gain on the return trip from Bonjuer! Brutal if you’re not used to the elevation!

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.

hiking
29 days ago

Walk in the shade up to the second campground amid the creek. View the fish in creek. and be wary of the mountain lion.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

backpacking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 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.

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

5 months ago

great hike! harder than moderate but well worth it!

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.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 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

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
9 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
9 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

backpacking
10 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.

hiking
10 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!

hiking
10 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked 7/30/17. This is a beautiful trail! I highly recommend hiking it before or after monsoon season, though. We made it most of the way up, when a thunderstorm sent us running for cover. Spent about 45 minutes under an overhang before we decided to book it back to the car. On the drive out, the dry creek we crossed coming in had turned into a raging river. Had to wait about 4 hours before the water was low and slow enough to cross. Luckily there were 2 other families and a forest service employee stranded with us. We spent the afternoon eating watermelon and playing bocce ball in the middle of nowhere. 10/10, would do again, even with the flash flood!

Great trek!! Great 6 mile loop! No.25 trail gets thin but all in all able to determine the correct route. Constant views! Hope this little guide I did will help you do it too! Would recommend at least 2 liters of water and maybe a snack also wear pants cause the trail is filled with prickly plants. 10/10 for us! Cheers - justin , chandler, and trekker the Aussie dog !

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike but if hesitate to rate this trail Moderate. The final mile is steep and the trail is loose, not packed. Otherwise, great views, cool breeze and we'll worth the trip.

10 months ago

Toughest 1 mile I have hiked. The amazing view at the end was worth it! keep your eyes open for elk, turkey, and horny toads.

An awesome trail. I'd recommend wearing long pants because there are portions of the trail that go through thick and tall plants that are very sharp and pokey. The trail is pretty much non stop uphill, and it gets really really steep in the last 600 feet. I backpacked in these mountains and went up into the mountains via the Three Rivers Trail. Amazing trail! Favorite hike I've done in a long long time!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Nogal was an interesting Peak - as there are "no" switchbacks - just a straight uphill climb. There are several places with loose rock where you need to watch your footing going up AND down , but no crosstimbered steps going up that can get old - just a few rocky places to actually step up at. Overall I appreciated the style of trail rather than the 100 switchback method of gaining elevation. Highly recommended - a nice reward at the summit

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