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Achenbach Canyon Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,272 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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The first mile of this beautiful trail will take you to a big area where you can see some of the most beautiful mountains with big rocks and nice vegetation near Las Cruces NM and which you will continue to see a long of the entire trail. In this first mile the trail is a bit steep and in some parts rocky, but easy to walk, it seems that you will not find anything amazing, but as more you walk you will find a beautiful landscape with very nice mountains and canyons. Near this area you will find an intersection with a loop trail, turn to your right, and in about a half of a mile you have to turn to your left, the trail here is not well marked but is there. In this section of a half of a mile sometimes you lose the trail but there are some stone marks that help to find it, and most of the trail is on a nice arroyo easy to walk, you also can use your GPS to follow the path if you wish. When you arrive to the other intersection of the loop, you continue to your right in direction to the Soledad Canyon Road, this side of the trail is very well marked. There is a warning sign before reaching the intersection with the Soledad Canyon Rd, entry to that area is prohibited, and you have to return from that point. On the way back you take the right side of the loop. Stop for a moment and enjoy the amazing view of the mountains, they say that after the rainy season is full of beautiful flowers, but in any season this trail will leave you surprised. It is advisable to walk the whole path, but if you decide to do only part of the trail you will enjoy it a lot too.

Driving by Dripping Springs Rd you will turn to your right at Soledad Canyon Rd and drive on this road for about 4 miles, and then turn to your right at Ladera Canyon Rd. In about a half of a mile you will find the road at your left that in about 0.2 miles will take you to an area where you can park your vehicle. The trail starts near this area (32.28771, -106.60152).

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Ronald L Mourning
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Very scenic but no shade other than the cave.

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Ian Clarke
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Once you get to the trailhead, this is a pretty manageable trail. Check out the caves on the Southern part of the loop.

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Audra Yerxa
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HikingGreat!Over grownRocky

Nice change from flat desert hikes. Lots of plants to see although a bit overgrown at the time. Saw several little frogs. Only went 2 miles. Narrow trails with steep inclines can be troublesome if you're nervous of heights. Went early to beat the heat and had nice shade from mountains. Beautiful views!

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Krysta DeNunno
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Floyd Badanish
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Had to turn around due to storms in the area

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Kristine Sayi
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It’s a pretty decent hike. Make sure you wear pants. I had lunch at the Apache Cave. Great views and scenery.

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Justin Pickering
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Great day hike. The spring wildflowers were still in bloom, which is always a nice change to a lot of the hikes in this area. My kids enjoyed it, but as with most places in west Texas, watch out for rattle snakes.

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Cindy Gates
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Floyd Badanish
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HikingRocky

Good trail, great views. I went clockwise. I lost the trail twice but no big deal, found it within a minute or two. Good workout. I would recommend parking at the road if you have a car and walk the .2 miles to trail head.

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Patricia Rall
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A great trail, beautiful views, some shade too.

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Greg Skaff
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

went to end of trail at range sign. return trip was pure hell. missed the loop and added 0.7 miles, forgot my phone at a rest stop. had to run back.added 0.5 mile each way. ended up 7.3 miles, and alive.

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Krys Jara
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great morning hike!

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Krys Jara
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great evening snowy hike!

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Abigail McMahan
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Great views!

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Ryan Whiteside
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Roads are fine except the last little bit on Cuates Canyon Rd, which probably isn't that bad, but I walked it just to be sure. Trail is in mostly great condition. The only part where you might have some difficulty is on the South part of the loop; just look at the Alltrails app and/or look for cairns to make sure you are going the right way. At the end of the trail where the sign says you entering the military base, I hiked NW to the unnamed peak at elevation 6503 ft and then came down its SW ridge to add some variety. There are also trails leading off from the S. end of the final trail to unnamed peak at 6884? and the N. end of the loop to a peak near 6400?. Verify this using topographic function of app or another topographic app or map. I would like to come back and attempt these off trail routes.

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Cindy Gates
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Derek Phelps
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Getting to parking was slow. Dirt trail and lots of rocks. The trail was well marked and great views. My time nowhere a record just enjoyed a stroll. Spent three hours to the split and back taking in the sights. We will have to come back.

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Roger Bishop
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Fun hike. Be careful with the southern trail at the merge. It’s difficult for beginner hikers and easy to get off trail and lost.

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Hannah Hagan
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Harrison Cook
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What a great hike! Great views and rock formations the whole way up. Two thirds of the way in there are two possible routes around a central rise in the plateau. We took the northern trail on the way up and the southern on the way down. The southern trail follows an overgrown water runoff between two prominences requiring scrambling and jumping. It was fairly difficult and may not be for everyone, though ascending might be easier than descending as is often the case. The northern trail has great views of the plateau which has a different feel from the terrain of the climb up and trailhead.

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Cher Lefebvre
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HikingRocky

I really enjoyed this trail. I'm not sure why others say it was difficult to follow at times; I feel like it is a well established trail. This was a perfect time of year to go...weather was gorgeous and lots of yellowing of flora. I agree with others that the first part is fairly steep and will get your heart rate going and the same part coming down will get your knees and ankles if not careful, Amazing that these gorgeous canyons are literally in our back yard. Thank you Obama!

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Krystal Schwartz
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Trail was great. If you want to park up by the trailhead make sure you have all terrain tires. Lots of sun no shade. Forgot to hit record when I stopped once but completed the loop. 2hrs 7mins in total. 4.3miles.

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