Juniper Ridge Trail

EASY 3 reviews

Juniper Ridge Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carlsbad, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
462 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no dogs

14 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

I went on this hike on Friday after cave tours in Carlsbad Caverns Natl Park. If you are going to spend the time taking the one way gravel scenic drive I suggest this hike. I did this and part of Rattlesnake Canyon, Rattlesnake is at stop 9/18 and then Juniper Ridge is stop 15/18 so it breaks it up for some nice hiking during the drive.
You follow cairns the whole way and it's a good steady climb, pay attention to the cairns, cacti, and get some nice panorama pics from the top. I also happened to see 5 deer and was able to watch them gallop and hop for about 200 yards out on the ridge, quite a sight.
HUGE winds as I got to the top of the ridge, bring an extra layer!

hiking
Wednesday, May 27, 2015