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Lookout Mountain via Sierra Blanca Trail

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Lincoln National Forest

Lookout Mountain via Sierra Blanca Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ruidoso, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife 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 6.1 mi Elevation gain 1,607 ft Route type Out & Back

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Knate Myers
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My plan was to hike up Crest Trail to (the North) but it's badly overgrown and covered with dead tress from the Little Bear fire. Instead I was forced to hike up one of the ski runs. The panoramic views on top are amazing and a great place to hang out for some time. Unfortunately, Sierra Blanca trail really isn't a trail at all. It's a service road to the top (and a ski run in the winter). It's all loose rock and gravel, with very little shade. Most disappointing part was being passed several times by trucks and ATVs.

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Lauren Gilliam
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Was really excited to try this one out but was very disappointed. It looked like there had been a fire (possibly a controlled burning) and the trail was very hard to follow, had to search for the trail ahead multiple times, many trees to step over, lots of overgrowth in the path, and very steep half of the time. Definitely needs lots of maintenance or at least a warning at the beginning of the trial.

Hilary McGuire
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freaking awesome . tons of dead game at the beginning which scared the halos out of my daughter.but if your not hunting here your a freaking moron.im not a hunter I'm just saying. its kind of hard to find . i found it accidentally. i think i did the lookout mountain loop.

James Mason
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It's all about the view at the top. Which is an incredible 360 view. The trail is actually a service road for the ski slopes. Which means steady gradient but not particularly charming in and of themselves. But man... that view at the top. (Next time I'm going to try the lookout mountain loop trail) - Also... this trail is improperly named. The summit you reach is Lookout mountain and not Sierra Blanca. From the top you have an incredible view of Sierra Blanca though.

Crystal Hensley
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Really quite the beautiful view at the top of Lookout Mountain. The trailhead is not clearly marked which was confusing at first, but it's one of the dirt roads you see that go behind the buildings of Ski Apache it appears to be one of the service roads. I found it helpful to the GPS in this app to make sure I was on the right path at the beginning of the trip. It is a tough climb to reach the top but you will not regret it once you get there. Our hike ended up being 6 miles out and back instead of the 5.4 shown here on All Trails.

Nick Baker
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Hours up! Minutes down! Be sure to clip you toe nails.

Dusten Cardinal
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Ashley Romano
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Carissa Deck
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Josh Kirn
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Candice Bishop
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Will Patterson
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Nathan Davis
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Mike Rabener
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Mike Rabener
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Jennifer Gibson
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Noemi Pabiania
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Laura McCrea
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Nicholas Giusti
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