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Fairly rugged trail into pristine wilderness. Many small streams to cross. A tiny bit of snow and some ice in the streams. I ran out of time ( short days in mid Nov) was 1.2 miles from end of trail

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Pretty sweet hiking, steady grind uphill the whole way but nothing STEEP, an easy climb. Things you might like to know, especially if backpacking, when we hiked in Nov, good water all but the last mile or so, no need to carry water. Trail was clear, very few dead falls. Nice campground at the trailhead but the 2018 camp host is a weirdo and pretty racist, talked smack about native Americans to us and didn’t even know us. About 20 creek crossings but most/all you can rock hop and not get wet. Plenty of campsites, though none in the last mile or so, only a few in the last three miles or so. Canyon is shady/cool/ kinda cold in Nov. lots of soaky holes if you want to cool off in summer. The trail that crosses over from Three Rivers to Dry Canyon around mile 6 or 7 doesn’t exist anymore, we hunted it with a GPS and went way up the ridge, it’s gone. A shame too cause it would make a nice loop. Lots of elk sign and a little bear in the upper canyon but nights were quiet. It comes out up top around 10,000 feet, pretty damn windy and open for fall camping, no water up there that I could find. Have fun!

Beautiful and easy stroll on pavement among an ancient lava field. Gorgeous views and interesting desert life to be found here. A lovely little campground sits up above, and it looks to have decent facilities including showers. We spent about an hour here after a visit to nearby Carrizozo, and were very glad we took the time to visit.

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4 months ago

Great little loop on the lava beds. Many birds, reptiles, and insects to see. Path is paved, and you can venture off onto the beds themselves. For the experienced hiker you can consult the park staff about trekking to the vent itself.

5 months ago

The trail was recommended in preperation to a hiking adventure in the near future due to elevation gain.

Started out about 9 am, with expectation of rain. Definitely rained on and off. We were the only ones in the trail the entire 12 miles.

Alltrails will say 11, but we logged 12 on the Alltrails map.

The overgrowth was a frustration and hard to tackle on the the way down, again expected from previous reviews. the only thing to see up, other the the forest was a few rocks, river, up to a clearing towards the top. it was feeling long, and that's probably becasue the miles were incorrect.

With the rain, we had sit tight for a bit to see if we could continue on. We decided to go on and as reaching the top (which was about a mile or so up), the fog coming up from the rain, and covering the trees and forest to all white, and low visibility was just an amazingly view to see and have the luck to experience.

Arriving to the top the views were indeed spectacular and we were happy to reach the trailhead with all the uncertainty from the storm. as soon as we reached the top, the lightening showed face. too bad we had to head back immediately for safty and couldnt go on to the ridge and peak as intended.

Overall, if you you can navigate and head out, at both forks you will turn right, and at mile three the path continues where the fallen tree is split to the left.

Also, wildlife was plenty, at the beginning of the forest entrance and throughout if thats something that you are looking for. We did see more on the way out but plenty all over.

5 months ago

Great hike! Up, up & away! Heavenly scenery- great wildlife sightings, gorgeous life zones, water source, & solitude.

A must-see...very interesting. It’s definitely an easy trail. Try not to hit the hottest time of the day during the summer.

Great time. Almost died but i saw my spirit animal (Bear)

6 months ago

Walk in the shade up to the second campground amid the creek. View the fish in creek. and be wary of the mountain lion.

Amazing trail. Steep inclines toward the top and some dodgy/hidden trail sections but overall a great hike!!

11 months ago

Quite interesting walk. The lava fields are great and the walk is easy.I was quite impressed with the 600 year old juniper.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

great trail, lots of good scenery

Monday, September 04, 2017

my all time favorite trail!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

This was just the road trough the park. We scouted our the camping areas and found a hill to climb with telescopes to view the distant ranges. Great informational map to orient yourself with too.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

We came here to hike because it was rainy and we knew this trail was asphalt and concrete.

We stopped and read every bit of information we could and learned a lot about the area and it’s history.

Lovely area with unique terrain.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

This was the first leg of a two-day backpacking trip. I had not hiked this trail in almost 20 years, and I had forgotten how scenic it is. It may be my favorite trail in the White Mountain Wilderness. The stream was flowing well (and had trout in it--something I have not seen anywhere else up here). The trail runs through the canyon carved by the stream, with occasional dramatic cliffs on either side. We saw no other hikers the entire day; we had Three Rivers and another 8 miles on the Crest all to ourselves. And we lucked out on the weather: not a drop of rain, and few clouds.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Hiked 7/30/17. This is a beautiful trail! I highly recommend hiking it before or after monsoon season, though. We made it most of the way up, when a thunderstorm sent us running for cover. Spent about 45 minutes under an overhang before we decided to book it back to the car. On the drive out, the dry creek we crossed coming in had turned into a raging river. Had to wait about 4 hours before the water was low and slow enough to cross. Luckily there were 2 other families and a forest service employee stranded with us. We spent the afternoon eating watermelon and playing bocce ball in the middle of nowhere. 10/10, would do again, even with the flash flood!

Friday, July 14, 2017

An awesome trail. I'd recommend wearing long pants because there are portions of the trail that go through thick and tall plants that are very sharp and pokey. The trail is pretty much non stop uphill, and it gets really really steep in the last 600 feet. I backpacked in these mountains and went up into the mountains via the Three Rivers Trail. Amazing trail! Favorite hike I've done in a long long time!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nicely maintained (BLM) 3/4-1 mile paved trail (handicap friendly-including wheelchairs), with 14 'information points' so you learn about the Lava field, wildlife & plants of the area. Takes 60-90 minutes and has good photography capability throughout. Better to go early morning/evening to see/hear more wildlife moving about. There are also numerous picnic & camping areas with water/electric & dump stations, & restrooms/showers. Information/gift shop has BLM maps, as well as other related books-including children's books/toys. Definitely could/will do this again!

Monday, March 27, 2017

The trail is generally in good shape, quite a bit of deadfall in the 2nd half. We took a few breaks going up, took us 4 hours to summit to the crest trail intersection. Downhill was about 2.5 hr. Definitely a strenuous hike, but the 100s of waterfalls and the view at the summit were well worth it.

Friday, January 27, 2017

One of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Not only is the hike beautiful but the drive to the Three Rivers Trail head is beautiful too. Definitely plan on making another visit

Monday, September 19, 2016

We planned to make a loop from the three rivers trail, to the crest trail, and then back along the dry canyon trail. We made it to the start of the dry canyon trail, but then lost the trail because of a lot of fallen trees right on the trail. We looked around for a while and ended up turning back and coming down the way we went up. If you want to do the loop, try going up the dry canyon trail and then coming back down on the three rivers trail. Once you get to the top of the ridge where T46 and T25 intersect, there is a sign and the trail is a little easier to follow.
Aside from that, the hike was great! The view from the top is good and the grassy hilltop is unique as well. It is a bit slow-going because of all of the creek crossing sand elevation change. I would suggest wearing pants because some of the brush is thick and there are some patches of nasty nettle at the top that will sting your legs.
We saw one rattlesnake and a few lizards but nothing else too exciting.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The trail is very visible through the woods and wide enough for two side by side for parts of the trail. The river was flowing but it wasnt very high. Apparently it's been a real dry year. We only did a couple miles since our youngest is only 2 years old. There are some bigger rocks along the ay that the kids climbed on. If they like climbing, they will enjoy the trail even more. I loved the trail alot though since I live in the desert and miss the woods and flowing water.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Went out to do this trail on Labor Day weekend September 1st, 2013. It has been fairly well traveled lately so following the trail was not that difficult in most areas. The tricky part is making sure to look for all the switchbacks that are throughout the trail, when the trail seems to fade look back and make sure you didnt miss a switchback. Started about 0830 and finished around 1530 or 3:30 with a lunch break at the top of the mountain and a few other short breaks. It was 5.70 miles up and then 5.70 back down so it was not quite 12 miles for me. It was an amazing view at the top of the grassy (meadow) hill with beatiful flowers in bloom all around. Will definitely do this hike again : )

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My 3 kids (ages 9, 8, and 5) did this hike with our black lab on Mothers Day 2013, and we all really liked it. I had done this hike in the past and remember it being more "out on the lava", which I liked at the time, but the current hike is very accessible and not at all strenuous. This hike actually got my kids interested in hiking and has led to many more similar adventures since. This hike is pretty short and definitely what I would rate as easy, but it is well worth the trip. I've never seen anything else like it!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

This trail starts going down about a 100' bluff; but is not steep at all. A series of switchbacks make the slope very easy. Several markers are along the way; and with the available brochure, you can be informed as you traverse the trail.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

13 miles approx. from the trailhead to the juncture with the Crest Trail at just a hair under 10,000 feet. The elevation gain from the trailhead to the ridge crest is about 3,600 ft. but with no particularly steep areas until you get close to the crest. Don't lose the trail thread here where it is barely perceptible or the going will be more difficult. Good camping spots at 3.0 and 3.75 miles (approx., measured from the TH). Strenuous trail because of the snow, ice, muddy conditions and fallen timbers across the thread, especially in the upper half of the trail (we were there in March just after a front had deposited a few inches of snow in the area). Also the water level of the creeks was low when we were there due to a low snowfall year in the Sierra Blanca and in normal years the melt runoff can add an extra level of difficulty as the trail crosses the creek at least 20 times. This hike would be a difficult one day there and back. You can also form a loop if you backpack all the way up to the crest, follow the Crest Trail north to the juncture with the Dry Canyon Trail and descend via that trail which meets the Three Rivers Trail at exactly one mile from the TH. Water is ample for about 90% of the Three Rivers trail.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

This place is really, really unusual. The path is paved, so it is stroller and wheel chair accessible. The walk will take you over a field of lava for as far as you can see. I especially like how you can see the peak of the volcano that formed the lava flow.

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