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Beautiful trail. Well marked.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice trail, pretty area, well marked and close to downtown Cloudcroft. Trailhead right off highway. Was plenty challenging for wife and I in mid 70s. Entire trail had cell service available. Enjoyed using to see our location on the trail with this app.

12 days ago

First hike. Really nice. Beautiful scenery. Well marked.

First mountain trail hike with our two littles! Beautiful scenery, great overlook, and not too hard for our 3 year old!

Good change of scenery throughout. Opens up into a very nice meadow perfect for a picnic. Definitely some elevation change and narrow rocky places so it would be difficult to do the whole trail with very young kids.

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.

18 days ago

Beautiful, woodsy, and cool.

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.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful easy trail through a nice forest and great views of the White Sands

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.

Great views and kid friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail easy to follow only down side was that several people did not clean up their dogs poop which was right I the middle of the trail.

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.

1 month ago

Super Easy (:

1 month ago

Great trail, the elevation at almost 9000’ did slow us down a bit. But we did well being 60 and 64 years young!

backpacking
1 month ago

A good trail with a few camping options along the way if you're a backpacker looking for some backcountry camping. We saw several other hikers and everyone was friendly and shared the trail well.

hiking
1 month ago

Me and my little one who is 4 years old did this trail today and it is perfect. Easy trail with easy clear signs to follow. Definitely going to do this one a few more times.

2 months ago

Our ‘go to’ trail. Very nice shaded trail walk for out dogs and it’s a nice loop.

Trail was great and lots of wildlife, trail maps on app are confusing as they do not match trail maps. Example: app says 2.8 miles but the are 8+ miles of trails in this trail system. We were happy with the eight miles!

Tough challenge on my MTB....but good fun

amazing trail! the weather was perfect and I love how you can see White sands from there!!

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
4 months ago

very pretty overlook, could have marked the trail a little bitbetter but overall it was very hiker friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike. Elevation climb is gradual and easy to navigate. Opens up to other trails for those who want to keep going. Great forested area!

1 month living in the desert, this was a welcome treat. trees, sunshine,a little snow. We trekked with our dog and 4yr old. lots of other trails, we will be back soon.

hiking
4 months ago

Though the trail is still very muddy in many areas (I suggest taking a bag to put your hiking shoes in after and a second pair of shoes to put on before heading out), we were able to get through the whole trail and enjoyed the great views and solitude. Not many others were on the trail at the same time.

5 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails. It’s got great views, solitude and flora and fauna. Easy to walk and pretty quick.

5 months ago

Just tried to hike this today. The trail was covered in snow and was VERY muddy. We tried to push on but the mud was so slippery that we were unable to continue. I’m sure it’s a great trail after the trail has dried out.

5 months ago

Great trail, particularly in the snow covered tracks!

hiking
5 months ago

We got a little lost towards the end where the trails converge, but just went back the way we came. Did this trail with a 7-year-old and 14-year-old who really enjoyed it.

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