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This is a really fun trail. I really wouldnt say its a difficult trail either. Good scenery on the way up, starts in desert shrubbery and then moves up to spruce and fir trees. Only knock i can say against it is that at the top of the trail you really dont have good views because you are in the saddle between two peaks. It does connect to another trail that runs along the crest but i didnt have time to hike that trail to see if it actually runs to one of the neighboring peaks. I hiked this trail in march and there was still sections that were iced over near the top.
Very nice trail. Well laid out. I started the loop toward the right. Reason is the way the last mile won't be straight up hill. So at the half way point, in the meadow I only had a half mile of hard uphill with the rest a gradual uphill. I did t want to have the last mile to be straight uphill. You might want to keep that in mind. Also it is a rocky trail st the start, so mind your ankles. Overall very fun diverse trail. I'd be hesitant to bring small children unless you want to carry them a good portion of the way.
Short and Sweet
45m up, 30m down. In return you get to enjoy large conifers, ferns, and the strange absence of any cactus. Once you see daylight through the trees go straight up (I.e. Not left or right), unless you want to walk the entire crest. The beautiful view at the top greets you with 20kt winds, so bring a jacket if you plan on staying up there for more than a "My life is so amazing" selfie.
If you want to make this hike special, take your little lady to "Tinker Town" on the way back. You're in for a real treat, trust me.
Not sure what all the hype is about...
-It's always nice to see a little water in New Mexico, and it is just that, a little.
-The slice of history at the plane wreckage was something you don't see everyday. That was pretty fascinating.
-It's a slow developing trail. You put in a lot of work for a small reward.
-For the amount of time invested, you can find far more beautiful trails.
Definitely give it a shot. But don't be surprised if you find yourself saying, "Eh, checked that box".