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Enjoyed the trail, great views. Didn’t find the springs...

Tough trail, lots of boulders but with nice breaks of relatively level sand. Lightly trafficked so you’re not passing or yielding to other hikers all the time

I really enjoyed this hike. It has a little bit of everything; pine forest, desert scrub, nice hard packed trail, boulder scrambling and dramatic views. PL starts at the water storage tank and ascends the rim of the valley. The first 1.5 miles or so are a bit of a steep climb, but then the trails flatens a bit and the views open up. You can hike the entire PL trail as an out and back.

About midway through the loop you'll find the junction with the Del Auga trail. The name comes from the fact that the top half of the trail is actually a drainage that had running water when I hiked it. There are several sections of large boulders that require some scrambling and strong evidence of water erosion on rocks. I would not kike this trail during or right after a rain event due to the likelihood of flash flooding!

Once pass this section, the trail separates from the water course and provides dramatic views of the vast plain below.

I went on a Thursday morning . I had the place to myself. The trails were marked moderate and were that. They were well marked . Scenery was great especially all the different mine shafts. I had a wonderful few hours.

great way to train for marathons, bike races or even just a walk with the family. I live on the west side and have done this trail from beginning to end for years. It is big enough that provide different experiences and accessible enough for even the most casual of hikes.

Fun hike, not too strenuous. Great views from the top!

7 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

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.

Nice, easy hike. If you feel adventurous you can get off the beaten path and explore a couple of caves along the way. Some of the cave hikes are quite a bit harder with steep inclines, loose gravel and some scrambling required.

10 days ago

One of my favorite hikes to do with my dogs! Esp at dusk with the sun setting and the city lighting up. It never seems super busy at the times I have been there especially on the brisk windy days, which are oddly my favorite because it reminds me of Living in Wyoming

11 days ago

well worth it. user friendly

Beautiful scenery walked to the river, but went on a day when it was in the 90s. Very hot barely any shade, it’s an easy trail but not in warm temps. Bring lots of water. Brought my dogs and kept them on a leash to be courteous to other hikers and their dogs. Bring a hat! I was sorry I forgot mine.

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.

Nice, short hike with a beautiful view of the Sandias.

Excellent trail for running. There is plenty of shade and a waterfall. I'll make this one of my regular run spots.

Love this trail right out of the rainbow lake camp ground fun trail after a morning breakfast!!!

19 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the Organs. Best in late summer.

I enjoy hiking the Manzano Mountains. This is probably my favorite trail to take up to the crest trail for an overnight backpacking trip. There is a spring which is named spruce springs hence the name of the trail that has a water supply that is 300 ft of the trail. The water supply has proven to be a reliable source each time I have stopped at the spring. The sunsets from the top are awesome!

Amazing view, a bit rocky but worth it.

trail running
23 days ago

My wife and I ran this trail this morning and we had a blast. Tricky if you a first time trail runner. Well marked and there were only a few fellow humans out there with us. There was a little snow as we approached the La Luz trail.

Great views

trail running
28 days ago

Awesome winter trail. Great views and a smooth mellow run.

A must do if you are remotely near the E Paso area!!! arguably the best view in Texas besides Big Bend National Park and the top point of the Franklin Mountains!

29 days ago

Canyon was neat, the rest of the trail was unnecessary.

Hiked this trail over 100 times. It’s my conditioning trail because it’s so close.

Great hike! Lots of views and super enjoyable!

Great trail. Beautiful with the light snow.

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.

Easy hike. Beautiful views.

Not a bad hike, lots of sand..was like 4 miles of beach walk. Beginning was cool in the canyon

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