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Paul Pagoda
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Hiking

Over the course of four separate hikes taken in a one-week period I hiked all sections of this wonderful system of very well-marked, very well-maintained trails. Although I have a favorite section (from Marker #9 located across Sierra del Norte Drive Trailhead parking lot, trail climbs up with series of switchbacks, a good cardio workout with a great panoramic view from the top) ALL sections were really great. Lots of ups and downs. Switch backs. Some sections offered shade. Some full sun. What I really appreciated was a posted trail map at each of the numbered markers. Great resource if you are inclined to extend your hike. Good foot ware will help you stay vertical as will a pair of sturdy hiking sticks as you travel up and down trails (some sections of which are sandy, covered with loose stones etc.) and pivot your way thru the dozen or so hairpin switch backs. Lastly but most importantly...your safety and that of fellow hikers is key. Hydrate. Bring along some trail mix. Hydrate. Wear a hat. Hydrate. Although this trail is rated as “EASY” and “KID FRIENDLY”. Those terms are very relative and should taken with a grain of trail dust. Some sections of the trail are narrow (18”) and require some steep uphill climbing. While absolutely no technical hiking skills are required. I would avoid taking along a child under the age of eight (8). Hikers requiring someone to hold their hand along the trail would probably want to try hiking on the many wider, more “KID FRIENDLY” in the SFNM area. The experience they gain on those trails will boost their confidence, provide the experience they need and serve them well as they graduate to more difficult trails as they make their way through the wonderful world of hiking.

Renelle Betterson
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HikingOver grown
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Sam Onesalt
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

The trail was uncomfortable, personally. There were too many rocks on the trail, on the way back down, I slipped so many times because of the rocks and uneven footing. Some trees branches are covering the trail. There’s a section that is very straight at a pretty good incline. That part, I wish there were switchbacks. The view at the summit is nice, but the amount of bugs weren’t. Overall, an ‘ok’ hike. Land acknowledgment of Indigenous People should be practiced at every trail.

Gary Smith
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Hiking

Really enjoyable workout. Scenic small waterfalls. No problem crossing the creek on well placed logs. No bug issues. We added a 1.5 mi loop around the lake which was very worthwhile for wildflowers, dragonflies, and some friendly gray jays that joined us for lunch. We noted 35 different wildflowers.

Maylin Murray-Krezan
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky
Monique Walton
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HikingRocky

So pretty! Beautiful meadows. Clockwise on this one - gradual climb and pretty steep descent for the last couple miles. It was sunny out and you felt it when there was no cloud cover. Got a little confused on the descent because there was no signage. Bring lots of water.

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David Jones
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HikingNo shade

Very easy hike. Magnificent views. Lots of erosion.

Michael Brent Long
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Hiking

Great trail. We parked off the pavement and hiked a mile to the trailhead because we were not sure about the condition of the road but it would have been okay for our Highlander once we hiked it. Can probably fit 20 vehicles at the bottom. Plenty of shade on the trail and places to rest. Restrooms at the bottom and top. Lots of switchbacks but could hike straight up. We took a lunch and ate next to the lake. Hiked around the lake and then back down. Only had to cross the stream once. There were logs we crossed on but it wasn’t really more than 6” deep. From the pavement we hiked just over 8.8 miles up and back.

Eric Jonas
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Mountain bikingGreat!No shade
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Lydia Jennings
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Hiking

Fun trail, clearly marked, and dog friendly (but you will see lots of mountain bikers). I found it really pretty, with wildflowers, and despite a packed parking lot, hardly any encounters with other trail users. Lots of options to make it longer or shorter if you choose.

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Lindsay Mahaney
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HikingFee
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Emily Haynes
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Hiking

Nice shaded trail, not super exciting, there is some climbing. You can catch glimpses of the city and mountains which is nice. Pretty narrow, easy.

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Andres Vd
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Hiking

Too hot and arid for a summer hike, but the view at the top is very pretty

Dietrich Ginocchio
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HikingBugs
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Xiaohan Wang
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HikingOver grownScramble

Easy trail and shaded. Very nice in the summer time

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Ariel Lipski
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Hiking

Great local trail, in and out , go up enjoy then come back down. First half a mile is behind some fancy houses, next 1.5 miles is some nice semi shaded trail normal difficulty . Next you pick between steep short way up or longer normal way up ( pick the steep one) . Last mile or so is really nice with lots of views and scenery . Overall great for a morning hike or late during the summer as it gets very hot and dry.

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Jarrod Moreau
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HikingRocky

A great trail for a 11 miler. The uphill on 5008 was demanding and the app kept asking if I was off route. Looks like they have rerouted the trail. It is a little more demanding. Take your time and have a great hike! We did!

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Gabaccia M
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Hiking

Great shaded trail for the hot summer days.

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Adam Zettel LC
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HikingGreat!

Made it to the lake and to Gold Hill. On the way down we spotted a small Grizzly bear on the trail on the way down, about a mile down from the lake. We were able to circle through the woods and get around it. His presence could account for the deer carcasses that other hikers reported. It was a beautiful hike and I would (almost) say... worth the risk.

Trent York
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Mountain biking

Quick ride lots of downhill to make it fun.

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Jenny Snedeker
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HikingBugs

Very sunny and lots of cacti and bugs, but I absolutely loved it! Amazing full view of the sandias for pretty much the entire hike. Easy to follow if you reference the map.

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Monique Walton
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HikingRocky

Pleasant, shaded and the smell of pine. Pretty steady steep climb in the second half that took a lot outta me. Nice views at the top

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Brittany Matthews
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HikingNo shadePrivate property

It’s recommended to call SPPD to give them a head’s up you’ll be hiking this trail - it’s not the safest neighborhood. Border Patrol is heavily present as well. We also called the Diocese to ask their permission which they granted. Only two other hikers when we went during the week, started at 6am. We were able to catch some shade on the south side of the mountain but once sun is overhead, that would not exist. This is a really accessible hike, it’s paved rock the entire way, but definitely gets you with the elevation gain. 360 views of El Paso and surrounding areas. Beautiful! This was a bucket list hike I was excited to accomplish.

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