Grindstone Lake Loop

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Grindstone Lake Loop is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ruidoso, New Mexico that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.7 miles 1108 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Well maintained trail system located in Lincoln National Forest, less than five minutes outside of Ruidoso, NM The trail head is located in the upper parking lot to Grindstone Lake, and is very easy to find. The trail system generally loops around Grindstone Lake, and includes many miles of new trails that will open in late summer 2013. The seven mile loop begins at the parking lot trail head and follows a smooth, well maintained, single track trail around the lake. There are two excellent down hill sections, several fun switchbacks, and a very few difficult climbs

17 days ago

28 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice mellow trail. The connector at the gravel road can be a bit hard to find. needs better signage there.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail. Not overly strenuous. Fairly easy to follow. Pretty scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail close to town. Pretty lake with mountain views. Today the trail was pretty muddy on the far side of the lake, but manageable.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Lots of horse poop on trail; wipe your shoes before coming back home! Trail is better for biking than hiking.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This was mine and my wife's first ever trail to hike, and it was awesome! It's the perfect mix of wilderness without feeling "lost".
The trail was very clear, and the ability to follow fellow hikers past path through this app to make sure you're on track gave us peace of mind that we were still going strong!

3 months ago

5 months ago

beautiful trail with small valleys abs nice mountain ranges to look at.

6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Good quick hike!

6 months ago

Good quick hike

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

great trail, check the weather before going during the summer. frequent thunderstorms.

hiking
7 months ago

Really nine, lots of birds!

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

would do it again