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Schofield Canyon Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until December. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 1,148 ft Route type Loop
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The Schoefield Canyon Loop Trail consists of the trails 5007A, 5007B and 5007C. You start at the 5007A Trailhead (32.83062, -105.780710) near the Upper Rio Penasco Road, walk on this trail until you reach its other Trailhead (32.84977, -105.77255) in about 3 miles. You continue walking on the trail to your right for about half of a mile until you arrive to the trailhead of the Shortcut Trail (5007B), and you walk for another half a mile, then you arrive to the intersection with the 5007C trail, continue on this trail in the same direction for about 1.3 mile and you will reach the intersection with 5007A, here turn to your left and in less than a mile you will arrive to the point you started. This trail is in good condition and is also used by bikers, easy to walk, steep but not too much. Most of the time you walk in the middle of the beautiful aspen and pine trees forest, fresh air under a delicious shade. You will enjoy a lot the landscape from the mountain as you gain the elevation of 1100 ft. and if you are lucky, you will see elks in the distance.

From Cloudcroft Nm, take the Cox Canyon Hwy (Nm130), in about 2 miles you will turn to your right and take Sunspot Hwy. Drive for about 8.5 miles on Sunspot Hwy and you will find the Upper Rio Penasco Road to your left, drive 1.1 miles and you will arrive to the Trailhead (32.83062, -105.78071).

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Sebastian Subola
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Kaylen Echols
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HikingRocky

ATV trail of mostly loose rocks- very hard on ankles and dog paws. Shaded by beautiful pines and aspen. A few good camp spots. If you're looking for a pretty hike of comparable length with good views that is not as hard on the feet and ankles, pick a section of the Rim Trail instead.

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Sam Kowal
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nice area, not as right rocky as I thought it would be from the other reviews. saw an elk

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Erica Lee
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The path is pretty rocky and so you have to watch your footing a lot in the beginning. The first mile is straight up hill which is tough but shaded. The path is about 50-75% shades so it can get hot in some parts. We saw a lot of cows along the way and you have to make sure not to step in their poop on the path. The views were nice and the after the first mile it’s pretty chill. Also there are some spots where it is confusing on which direction to go so I recommend having the map with you.

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Blake Fadem
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not a pleasant trail. mostly loose rock forcing u to stare at the ground instead of your surroundings. took nearly 4hrs to complete injury free. seeing a large group of Elk was the lone poitive.

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Tasha Delpozo
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HikingBugs

I love this trail! We saw a bunch of cute little cows and the trail was really nice. Lots of big trees, decent views, and very well maintained.

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Christian Price
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HikingRocky

Not a bad trail just a lot of rocks. Initially the incline is a bit much and will make you tired but as you go on the trail gets easier. I did not see much wildlife other than some birds but there were tracks in the area. Another thing is there are a lot of fallen trees that will sometimes block the path.

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Jorge Carrillo
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I did this loop trail at the end of November; the day was very pleasant, excellent for hiking. On the half part of the trail you gain elevation, not too steep in such a way that you can easily walk and enjoy. As you return, from the top, you can contemplate the amazing landscape. This is definitely a nice trail.

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Irene Lucero
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Kellie Booth
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M E
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Benjamin Muse
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Soheil Nazarian
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Chris Alberts
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Fernanda Arroyo
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Adam Rosen
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Daniel Daniel Castillo
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Mandy Harris
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Joshua Moody
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Jason Boland
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Ruth Netzahualt
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Michael Carron
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Kevin Bozgoz
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Aaron Lynch
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