Grindstone Lake Loop

EASY 56 reviews
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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 and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

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

3 days ago

mountain biking
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hiking
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hiking
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backpacking
1 month ago

Great little hike any can do this one. No water source until you get to lake so bring enough to last.

2 months ago

easy, great views, lots of shade, watch for mountain bikers - shared trail. we love it cuz it's only about four miles from our house!

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hiking trails! It's convenient to town, groomed and the perfect distance for a quick workout.

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4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago