Sawyers Peak via Black Range Crest Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Sawyers Peak via Black Range Crest Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hillsboro, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

Unfortunately this trail was hit hard by the 2013 fire and if you remember it from before it is devastating to go now. It is not cleared at all and the trail is unmarked. Additionally, it starts out very steep which would be fine except there's still a heavy layer of ash on the ground which made it very slippery.

hiking
6 months ago

We hiked from Emory Pass to Sawyers Peak with no problems. There are a few dead falls over the trail, but nothing to stop us. Only one we had to go under, the rest we stepped over. The trail is still very usable and is marked with blazes and white diamond reflectors on the switchbacks. The grass and thorny brush have grown up and one must pay attention to follow the trail, but I have been on far worse and harder to follow.
Sad about the fire and blackened trees. However, as with most things in life there are upsides. The views are spectacular. The view from Sawyers Peak is 270 degrees of panorama. Only the western view is somewhat blocked by trees. I was last up there in 2012 before the fire and it has changed, but the views are to die for.

hiking
11 months ago

We couldn't get more than a 1/4 mile down this trail. It was not cleared at all and we quickly lost the path. Additionally, it starts out very steep which would be fine except there's still a heavy layer of ash on the ground which made it very slippery. Pity because the surroundings are beautiful, but the trail itself needs maintenance.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Unfortunately this trail was hit hard by the 2013 fire and if you remember it from before it is devastating to go now. Only the underbrush has grown back, so the forest floor is green, but the amount of dead blackened pines is sad to see. And it's too wide open now for any wildlife to make an appearance. We didn't even see or hear many birds. The trail is also littered with fallen trees. Not a problem to cross, but definitely needs maintenance.

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

hiking
Friday, December 02, 2016

Wednesday, October 02, 2013