Ussery Trail is a 17.4 mile out and back trail located near Carlsbad, New Mexico that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Tried adding some images but the AllTrails server forbade them! (maybe the files were too large?)Anyhow, if you are familiar with the Guadalupe mountains then you are aware that you must usually deal with some degree of wind. On the day we hiked the Ussery trail in December 2010 the wind was a challenge, expletives excluded. Minimal elevation gain and nice views of distant mountain ranges in Texas and New Mexico. Beautiful views into Gunsight Canyon. Very little shade and no water so stick to fall, winter or spring. Hiked from the trail head on the ridge road to the fence line at the edge of Wild Cow Mesa. There may be a trail down from the mesa to the plain and into the canyon but we couldn't find one.
A moderate level hike. A nice day in this section of the ridge road would be to combine a hike down to Cottonwood Cavern with a hike to the edge of Gunsight Canyon on the Ussery Trail.