Willie White and Wills Canyon Loop Trail

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Willie White and Wills Canyon Loop Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,686 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Great trail! Loop is 10 miles, the trailhead is an additional 1.75-2mi from the loop so take that into consideration. Trail is very rocky in parts, but has lots of great shade and scenic views. Great spot.

8 months ago

This trail is good for mileage, and some nice views but only on the first half of the loop when going CCW. Up to the loop intersection the trail has rough/Rocky sections torn up by motorcycles and ATV/UTV's. The walking is not pleasurable. At the loop intersection we headed to the right, CCW, and the rough trail got rougher. The need for boots in these areas cannot be underestimated. up to the next intersection you're largely in the trees, nothing special, and climbing. From there the trail starts to drop to the next intersection at the end dropping through a steep/rough chute. There are some smooth sections in here, but again limited views with a nice open pasture/field area. At the end of the chute the walk back to the initial loop intersection is old double track road. Fairly flat, pleasurable, and bigger views of the surrounding area. If I was to do this again it would be CW from the loop intersection to the intersection where the double track road meets the steep/rocky chute, then reverse course. The full loop isn't worth it. We covered this in 4H50M, @1450' gain on 5/5/19.

Very nice trail. Went in May and we had nice 67 degree weather. Bring Two liters of water, snacks, and lunch to stay hydrated and energized. There is lots of shade to keep cool

This is a good trail, however I wish they would restrict the ATV usage in the area. It is causing considerable damage.

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Mon Sep 25 2017

I did this trail with my husband and our 2 dogs. The 10 mile loop took us about 5 hours to complete. If you do bring your dogs or even if you don't, be aware that quads and dirt bikes are allowed on the willie white trail. We came across 3 groups pf dirtbikers so we had to get off the trail and get our dogs as soon as we heard them in the distance.

Sun Sep 10 2017

Started from 113 willie white more hard then moderate this route had lots of wild life more visitas then expected no other people

Mon Jul 10 2017

great hike

Sun Jul 09 2017

Trail is in good condition and offers a decent 10mile workout. No real views or objectives with it though. It's literally a walk in the woods.

hiking
Thu Jun 08 2017

Lovely area for hiking. Loads of deer, birds, wildflowers, insects, very lush. Great moderate trail. Would be a great all day area. Bathroom facilities were very clean.

Wed Feb 22 2017

Had a blast on this hike, got off the trail a few times because it was covered in snow but it just made it that much more fun finding it again!

running
Sun Nov 20 2016

Challenging loop. Steady climb for the first 3 miles, flattens out for a couple of miles, then after the sharp right turn around mile 5 the trail switchbacks up again. At 5.25 miles, the trail becomes significantly steeper with an elevation gain of 600'. Ive only done this loop twice now and have had to walk most of the distance between mile 5.25 and mile 6. After peaking, however, the trail is downhill for the remaining 4 miles. Just be careful not to eat it by heading downhill too fast as you'll likely be a little less coordinated due to the previous uphill. Love this course!

hiking
Wed Jul 27 2016

This time we decided to combine two trails in the Lincoln National Forest, near the town of Cloudcroft NM, the Willie White Trail (T-113) and Wills Canyon Trail (T-5008). We started our journey through the entrance of the Willie White Trail Spur (T-112) at the Bluff Springs area. These are the directions: When in Cloudcroft, take NM 130 Hwy. At the next intersection take Sunspot Hwy (NM 6563). Around the mile 9 you will see the sign providing directions to Bluff Springs, here you can find the entrance of Willie White Trail Spur to the left just crossing the wood bridge. We Walked on spur trail T-112 and in about half a mile we intersected the Willie White Trail (T-113). We walked for another mile and a half until we reached the intersection of T-113 with Wills Canyon Trail named T-5008. We decided to follow T-5008 to our left. On Wills Canyon Trail you will hike a flat dense forest for most of the way except for the last part of the trail were you gain some altitude. In about 5 miles we reached the second intersection with Willie White Trail. We got confused a bit because this intersection does not match the one shown on the map, for a moment we thought we had lost the trail. We continue walking on T-113 until we reached T-112 and back to Bluff Springs to complete the day. As always that you visit the Sacramento Mountains, you will find an abundant vegetation. Because the summer rain already started at the region, be prepared to see a lot of flowers. As far as fauna is concern, we only encounter small mammals and birds as well as many butterflies. The difficult for this combination of trails is moderate, perhaps a little long but satisfaction is warranted.

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Sun Aug 19 2018

recorded Bluff Springs trail head

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