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18 hours ago

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

Nice hike. Took the “more difficult” trail in and the “easy” path out. Would recommend this route the views from the easy path are great! Quick hike!

Awesome trail.

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

This trail was beautiful but with all the debris, it was very difficult to get up the mountain. There also is no clear trail so be sure you have your map ready. I really enjoyed this hike, but it should be marked as Hard because I took novice hikers with me and they really struggled.

What a beautiful hike! Definitely challenging but doable. Make sure to leave in the morning because it gets hot. I started around 10 am and got back around 2 pm. It's uphill all the way but not too bad. Finding the trail is a little hard. Go to the group camp site. Across from the bathroom there is a yellow warning sign that talks about how dangerous the mountains are (heed the warning!). The trail is behind the warning sign. If you can't find the trail look for the wooden fence that crosses over from the campsites to the desert. From there the trail is pretty easy to follow. There are some places where you might get lost but just look for the carans. There are two auroras that you have to cross over. When you get about a mile from the end of the trail there will be a small hand written sign where the trail forks off to sugarloaf or to pinetree/pass. Go to the right towards pinetree/pass. About a quarter mile to the end you'll encounter a campsite with a fire ring and some wood someone has been collecting. This would be a really nice place to camp. From there it is a little hard to find the top/to find the trail again. It's to right of the campsite.

Need snow shoes for sure right now/spikes. Very icy and snowy. Didn’t make it far

Super fun trail! Great view of the city lights over Santa Fe at the top. Would recommend going either at sunset or sunrise. Just make sure you have flashlights and know how to get back down if going at sunset... unlike us.

Fantastic hike! Gorgeous vistas, well maintained trail, but not a stroll in the park. Challenging and fun!

Well maintained. Does travel mostly through a old burn scar, so be careful if it’s windy.

5 days ago

Hiked in early-march. Trail was very well marked. Snow was well packed on the trail, which was about 3-4 ft. wide. If you stumbled off of the trail, the snow would rise past your shins. Views were remarkable, even with the lake frozen. Trekking up the mountain was moderately challenging due to the elevation, the way down was a blast. Dogs loved the trail.

5 days ago

This hike has the best view from the top! It snowed on us the whole way. One thing it doesn’t tell you is when you reach what looks like end on this app you reach a intersection and go through the fence and it takes you to the top! Great time for sure

Waterfall was frozen when I hiked this trail but still cool!

6 days ago

This trail kicked my ass and scared me stiff on that last two miles to the tram. I started at 1 pm and didn’t get to the tram until 6:30. I had to do the scariest part in the dark. Make sure you leave enough time to get to the tram before dark and bring poles and micro spikes if there is snow and ice. Seriously. People die on this trail from falls.

Very nice, easy trail with well maintained path. As others have said, very close to the highway. Still many opportunities to see some wildlife.

Great trail loop. Snow is still melting so it was muddy Nd sometimes icy in early March. I was glad I had my spikes with me.

Beautiful views!

This was a fun trail to hike and it is very easy to navigate since the trail is well traveled by other hikers. I hiked it all the way to the trail juncture which is listed as 2 miles in, but according to the app it is 1.6 miles one way. Just an FYI for anyone wanting to hike this short trail. The trail had a combination of mud and snow on it which made it made it a little more interesting.

7 days 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!

Trail steep on way up. Very little snow not issue tho. Option to do steep or easier route. Great hike and don't have to drive significantly to trailhead. Only one other person in am mid week.

I’m not able to edit my existing review, but kudos to AllTrails for fixing the errors I referenced! The info all looks correct to me now.

10 days ago

A truly challenging hike, not for the faint of heart! Great path to the 1955 Plane Wreckage memorial. Be aware that it can be a bit difficult to distinguish the trail at times.

Although on here it says that it is a camping spot, there are clearly marked signs that say it is a private property and that there is no overnight parking or camping. The beginning of the trail you walk past 4-5 signs that say no trespassing and you are walking down basically some ones driveway. Extremely Misleading information which can lead to a 5,000-10,000$ fine for trespassing and camping in non designated areas.

We started the hike going down La Junta (wow, just wow on views and trail). Went to the end of La Junta at the confluence of the rivers for lunch, then hiked along the River Trail to Big Arsenic Trail back up to the top and then hiked the flat Riconda Trail back to the car at the La Junta parking lot. Would not change a thing about the route. La Junta down was amazing and the trail between Little Arsenic and Big Arsenic was the prettiest part of our hike. We chose not to hike the additional mike os switch-back down to seek out the pictographs that may or not be easy to find since we have seen in other areas of the Southwest. Glad we didn't ton save energy for the flat walk back to the car. No regrets and glad we did it.

11 days ago

Did this hike yesterday. It was my first time ever doing a hike. I was born and raised in FL and have been here for a week so the altitude certainly made breathing a little difficult. In the canyon there is still a good bit of snow and I had no poles or spikes but I made it to the top. Beautiful views throughout. Took the tram down and Uber to car.

11 days ago

Love the camp sites
Looks like the bridge to get to the picnic tables was washed out?

Done 2/4/18. Great weather for the hike. The last 2.75 miles we’re snowpack that had melted and frozen. Pretty slippery in spots, yak tracks would’ve been the bees knees.

Great loop, but the hike up the crest spur is pretty steep, more on a moderate level. Fairly exposed to wind most of the time, if it's blowing.

12 days ago

Great weather, peaceful and serene. Great way to spend a spring morning.

The water is gorgeous at the bottom and the hike back to the top makes drinking a cold one at the end totally guilt free

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