Explore the most popular camping trails near Cloudcroft with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The entrance to this trail is inside a pay camping area so unless you luck out and get one of the four free parking places or are camping there it’s not very accessible.

backpacking
24 days ago

It’s necessary to pack all of your water, which makes the initial ascent quite challenging. Nice trail once you’re on top of the mountain. In spring or fall, I’d recommend planning for a variety of temperatures due to the elevation differences. Climbing the mountain was boiling hot, however when camping at Tejas that night, our gallon water bottles froze solid.

My granddaughter Natalia (10) and I hiked the whole loop under the shade of tall pine trees with a beautiful landscape in all directions. This is definitely one of the best trails near Cloudcroft and it was very easy to follow the path with the blue signs.

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpacking this trail is made much more difficult by the water requirements. This is a fairly steep trail, whichever side you start it from and there's also very little shade, regardless of which side you start from.

The best way to do this trail is to start early in the morning (during the warm season at least), so as to avoid the sun when doing your ascent up the mountains into the forest. If you start early enough, you can be through the incline before the sun comes up over the mountains.

I'd also recommend staying at Tejas. The sites there are not exposed to the strong winds that regularly hit GMNP.

My wife and I did the trail in three days, starting from Pine Springs. We went to Tejas the first day, then walked to Dog Canyon and back on the second day to get more water, finally we descended back to Pine Springs on the third day. This was a fairly difficult itinerary and I wouldn't recommend it to others, unless one really wanted a challenge.

It was a nice day out in the middle of no where. i think if it was later in the season there would be more green which would make it even a better hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this trail on 04/07/2018. The weather was perfect. Only a little chilly at night. There is a small stream at the beginning of the trail but the rest of the trail was dry. Beautiful and well kept trail! Several flat spots for camping along the way. Going back this summer for sure!

It’s a wide trail looks as if atv’s use it often. We always take a small and medium sized dogs so it was a nice trail to take them on. We didn’t see a soul out there the entire trail. It’s all up hill going in and downhill all the way out. Very nice scenery.

hiking
5 months ago

Only went in 3.7 miles. The steepest portion of the trail is the first 1.5 miles. It’s rather rocky as compared to the PNW. There were patches of snow but easily done in trail runners. Some slick mud in spots. Saw a beautiful bull elk at about 2.5 to 3 miles in. The trail stays in the trees the whole time and I’m guessing this would be a great hike in the warmer months.

trail running
8 months ago

Awesome trail for running. Saw a moose, wild turkeys, and several deer. As long as you give them space, there's nothing to worry about. A bit muddy in spots, but that's part of the fun of trail running. Also saw bear tracks, but no bears. Definitely a favorite.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful, moderate trail. Will definitely be going back! Ps-we saw a lot of cows. As long as you ignore them, you’re fine!

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.

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

11 months ago

Very rugged trail and sometimes covered with vegetation to where it's hard to find the trail. But, in the end it's all so very worth it!!

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing trail in the middle of the forest! I loved walking under the shade of the pine trees and admire the spectacular scenery. During most of the journey, butterflies were flying near me, like telling me that I was welcome to their home. Listening also the quaking aspen trees was a very pleasing moment. All the trail is steep but not much, only the last half of a mile is steeper. The weather was nice, although is rainy season, it was only cloudy part of the day, so, it was a fantastic hiking day!

mountain biking
11 months ago

Fun ride. Pretty muddy and slick in parts, nothing too bad. Only had to walk the bike around a mud pit once. Brought my dog and he loved it as well. We got dropped off by car at the top and rode down the trail to Russian Canyon road. Beautiful shaded ride in the forest.

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.

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.

Really enjoyed our hike today. The falls were running full. Upper meadow area was beautiful and really enjoyed seeing the spring come in from the ground. Moderate trails, maintain very well. Beautiful drive in and was not disappointed. Highly recommend.

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!

trail running
Sunday, November 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!

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.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Very very challenging but rewarding hike. Be sure to take plenty of water and proper gear to stay over night. Check weather before, periodically if you have range and after you set up camp so you don't get caught in a snow/sleet/rain storm coming back down the mountain like I did. Lesson learned!

hiking
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