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Justin Greene reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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be advised there are privately owned cabins close to the trail for the first 1/4 mile we love people enjoying the great outdoors but please be respectful! dogs on a leash! and refrain from music playing or loud talking till the sign stating wilderness area thank you! and be prepared! take plenty of water and be prepared for weather that will close in rapidly. I've had to bring unprepared people down in the middle of the night. sincerely. cabin owner.

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David Baake reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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BackpackingNo shade

Clearly not the hike it was before the 2019 fire. Very little shade and no water. Trail somewhat hard to follow. We didn't see any large wildlife, although there are a lot of birds and easy to spot as they hop between the dead branches. As another user noted, the driving directions provided by Alltrails will not get you to the trailhead if you have a passenger car. Expect to walk three miles along the road to reach the trail head.

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Benjamin Plett reviewed Capitan Peak via Summit Trail
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Hiking

My dog and I completed a portion of this hike yesterday, we made it about 4.5 miles down the trail (about 2 miles short of the peak in my estimate), but we ran out of time. First thing to note is that the road up to the trail head is definitely a high clearance vehicle, preferably 4-wheel drive situation. I used 4-wheel drive for a few of the climes, but probably could have made it without it. I wouldn't attempt if it has rained recently. I actually came up on another vehicle and they were having to remove a tree with a chainsaw in front of us! They were workers on the radio tower that is located near the trailhead. Honestly, the road was kind of a plus for me. I would think that any given day of the year, you'd have the trail completely to yourself. The trail has several fallen trees. Especially in the first mile and the portion past the T66/T61 junction. However, I never lost the trail. I say this not to deter you, just so you're ready for it. Progress was not as quick as a better maintained trail. Some of the worst trees to clear are located in the first mile of the trail. From doing research, it is also worth noting that you do not need to do the last 1.5 miles of the trail (one way) if your goal is just to go to the Capitan peak. That will also save you 1500' elevation. The hike is definitely still hard for a day hike, but that makes it a lot more doable. Last thing, I hike in shorts almost exclusively, but I found myself really wanting pants on this one. Pretty overgrown in spots. Kinda hart to rate the hike? I want to return to finish the whole thing, but I feel like the typical hiker would give it three stars at best, due to level of maintenance.

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Celynda Tingey reviewed Goat Canyon to Dry Canyon Loop
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownScramble

Completed on 5/6/20 doing a 3 day backpacking loop. Went up Three Rivers > Crest Trail > Aspen > Little Bonita > Phantom > Crest Trail > Goat Canyon > Barber Ridge > Three Rivers. Wouldn’t recommend taking Goat or Dry Canyons unless you’re up for an adventure, want to practice your navigation skills or you’re hunting. Both are more elk trails than hiking trails. Few markings, downed trees, thick underbrush and very steep. Goat Canyon is well marked and easy to follow for a few miles but the “trail” ends at some hunting campsites. We went down Goat from the Creat trail and spent about an hour to go a half a mile and trying to find the trail. Had fun but wouldn’t do that one again. All the other trails we took were well marked and minimal downed trees. Packed out a few pounds of trash...please pack out your trash, enjoy!

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RM Arias reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRocky

This is the second time we tried this trail. I think the route in AllTrails is about 80% inaccurate, but we made it farther than the first time. Lots of sun, lots of dust so ring water and sunscreen. I think the fire and containment efforts eradicated the lower part of the trail, but there seems to be a “new” trail forming, so when you find it, follow it! The top part is really damaged and overgrown too. There are many cairns to try and follow. They aren’t easy to find, but they are there.

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Hiking

Neat area and very remote. Highly recommend a 4x4 or high clearance vehicle to reach trailhead. The first quarter mile is not well-marked. Look out for rock cairns for route-finding. Trail is gradual but not well-maintained. Got lost about 2/3rds of the way up and turned around due to lack of a clearly-defined trail. Did about 6 miles total.

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Hiking
First to Review

Extremely rough road to trailhead. Trailhead is marked, but the trail is essentially nonexistent.

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Chris M. reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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HikingOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

My navigator took us to an inaccessible service road 3 mi away from trailhead. We hiked in adding to the day. It was foggy until noon, clear for 15 minutes, and then a thunderstorm started brewing. Beautiful trail, forgot I was in New Mexico. There were several times in the first two miles where we picked the most likely of trails when two choices appeared. We eventually lost the trail and decided to scramble up the side to a peak. We found the trail as we were coming down the mountain. The trail is overgrown and has some small logs fallen on the trail, but very beautiful. No snow.

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Connie Conner reviewed Goat Canyon to Dry Canyon Loop
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Hiking

This trail is very poorly marked, if even marked at all! The trail if you find it, was cluttered with downed trees and would just disappear. It’s markings when found were only near hunting camps then gone! CAUTION if considering this poor excuse for a hiking trail! This was a combined hike of Barber trail (properly marked)Goat Canyon, (poorly marked) Dry Canyon (what markings!) and back to camp on Three Rivers trail ( properly marked) needless to say we arrived back at camp after dark! Take supplies for water collecting at streams, a good headlamp or flashlight and a battery pack for cell phone in case you are trying to follow a downloaded map from AllTrails.

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Mia Meezy reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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HikingBlowdownOff trailOver grownRockySnowWashed out

Amazing trail with a spectacular view of Eastern New Mexico! This is DEFINITELY a HARD trail and that's putting it mildly, take lots of water, have protective clothing, good hiking shoes, trekking poles and protection as you are in the middle of nowhere with wild animals (two legged ones scare me the most) and unpredictable trails (that are not always easy to follow) NOTE: You do not Conquer Capitan, she conquers you, and if shes nice she let's you see some of her splendor, if she doesn't want to let you up its no reason for 2 or 3 stars because of uncleared trails KEEP IT NATURAL, that's what makes her so awesome! Have ice pack and heating pad ready when you get home! Plan to have a whole day to devote when hiking this trail to summit. It's not an easy up and down but its rewarding! RESEARCH: FLAT EARTH

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Orson Webber reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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very overgrown. trail completely disappears in many places

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John Pennington reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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Took 4 people in Polaris Ranger. Great day trip. Went in early July 5 years ago. Preparing to take friends again very soon.

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Cory Eddinger reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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Not too bad of a trail. Doesn’t look like it is hiked very much and isn’t kept up. It will however kick your ass. I hike a few times a month and I couldn’t walk right for 2 days after tackling this beast.

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Brent Hildebrand reviewed Capitan Peak Trail
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ALOT of down trees! Bring water!

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Hiking

A friend & I decided to try this again. Last year we were stopped by a ferocious afternoon rain storm. The first part is fairly straight forward and the trail easy to follow. After the first couple of miles and first major bend, the trail becomes difficult to see and remains that way off and on throughout. The higher one goes, the more frequency the trail is obscured by shrubs, aspens, etc. It is painfully obvious that there has been no trail work done in years, perhaps even more than a decade. The constant thickets one encounters sometimes pushes you off the trail, which can be quite precarious as there is very little level land and talus slopes or narrow bands of mud are the only way through. Compounding this in our trip was the rain. Throughout our 11 hour hike, at least 7 hours were spent in varying degrees of rain intensity. The talus slopes especially were treacherous, both up and down. To be frank, I am amazed neither of us sprained our ankles. Adding to the difficulty were the trees in the middle of the visible or non-visible trail. We had to go over or under at least 75 of them, both on the way up and down. At times we were having to cross several at the same time. Other times we were given only a few steps of respite before another fallen giant was in our way. This became exhausting and time consuming, not to mention slippery, due to the rain. An added insult were the various sized branches sticking from these trees, constantly poking and prodding and drawing blood. We did finally manage to reach the top, only to see........fog....really thick fog...trail-obscuring fog. While not able to enjoy the view, we did have a tremendous sense of accomplishment. However, the temperature was dropping rapidly ( 52 degrees the last time we checked ), the wind was increasing and we were soaked. At this point we had to rely on a compass to get back down, eventually intersecting with the trail again. On the way up and down, there were some spectacular views ( wish we could see them from the summit ). Another bonus ( or detriment, depending on one's situation ) was the isolation. We saw no one. Even on the road to the trailhead there was no one. With that said, until this trail has some major and time-consuming repairs done to it, I would only recommend this loop for very experienced and fit hikers. We had luck, some skill and stubbornness on our side, but truth be told there were times when we were both worried and completely exhausted. During those times, luck can run out. Thankfully it did not for us.

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Eddie Dimas reviewed Capitan Peak via Summit Trail
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First to Review

I hiked this trail in March. The trail was pretty overgrown with thorn bushes. I made it 5 miles before my dog and I could not cross the amount of dead and fallen trees. It was a fun hike but I was wearing shorts and by the time I got back to the trailhead my legs were scratched pretty badly and every step hurt. The trail needs some serious maintenance and the final mile or two towards Capitan Peak were not passable without doing some 'balance beam' moves over the downed trees.

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