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Nice scenery. Good challenge for an old guy!

We did the slot Canyon out and back trail and it was amazing! Brings you up to an awesome view which I did not expect. I highly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 day ago

Need to move trail head to 33.341556,-105.565193 end of Stetson rd. Nice hike next to dirt access road, you can drive further in in you want. Parcial views, wildlife, not far from 70 the main highway. Nice hike close to town

To find the trailhead follow the signs toward the Water Canyon Group Campground, then stay left through a cattle guard up an unmarked dirt road – rutted and rocky – about .6 mile. Trail is shady, wide, gravelly, and gradual on lower part; rocky and steeper up high – no surprise – but we did not do the final climb - no views before that as you are in a tight valley. Appears to be an Ideal mountain bike trail (I don't bike). No water on lower part in September, but numerous small still pools up high. As far as “for very experienced adventurers”, I’d call it easy on the lower part and moderate up high. Water Canyon road is open and drive-able to the top – bikers might consider riding up that road, crossing over and coming down Copper Canyon Trail. Recommend looking at the Forest Service maps too. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cibola/recarea/?recid=64640

hiking
1 day ago

Trailhead for counter-clockwise travel around this loop trail is along Water Canyon Rd after you cross the creek bed, and clearly marked. Trail is well marked by blazes and cairns and in good shape. Signs are few and it could use a few more. No water anywhere in September. It is easy to get on the optional loop if you aren’t paying attention. If you see one “TR13” sign followed by two more close together, you are on the optional loop. Go back and look for 2 cairns and a trail going downhill. The optional loop does offer some spectacular views of the plains below but so does the main loop, late. Don’t recommend a clockwise travel as you essentially climb a cliff near the start, rocky and very steep – not “moderate” by any means. This trailhead is unmarked, before the other one, left side of the road just after you cross a yellow cattle guard near a car camping area. Recommend looking at the Forest Service maps. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cibola/recarea/?recid=64634

Area entry is at N34 deg 13.615 min – W106 deg 57.303 min. (My GPS was looney on this location and tried to send us up non-existent roads.) Exit I-25 at Lemitar and follow the west service road north where there will be signs. The road in is very good. Drive up lower canyon until you come to a rock fall. Climb over the rock fall and it’s an easy walk through the upper canyon. When you come to a 6 ft narrow waterfall don’t bother climbing it as you will be near the end anyhow. Clear water flows in parts of the canyon then intermittently disappears. Never found any “loop trail”, just an easy walk through the canyon floor but worth going.

I did this trail with my husband and our 2 dogs. The 10 mile loop took us about 5 hours to complete. If you do bring your dogs or even if you don't, be aware that quads and dirt bikes are allowed on the willie white trail. We came across 3 groups pf dirtbikers so we had to get off the trail and get our dogs as soon as we heard them in the distance.

trail running
1 day ago

A bit disappointed at how overgrown this trail is. I was hoping for a killer hike/run but only made it halfway before I gave up on bushwacking and turned around. If you blink, you'll miss the turn onto it from the main trail. It's not marked, and not on any map I found besides this one. Tracking via GPS is crucial to stay on the route.

Amazing hike to Lake Katherine camped at elv. 11,776 ft.: seven other brave enthusiast braved the heavy rain/snow and lodged in the mystic beauty on slopes of Santa Fe Baldy...

Good day hike! It wad a little hard towards the end considering we are newbies. Everyone is super friendly and has their dogs with them.

The first 2.0 miles is rocky but you make pretty good time. The last 2 miles is pretty rough. My wife and I made the trek. Took us 7.5 hours to make the round trip. This trail is definitely not for a beginner. And make sure you have very good shoes. The rocks will kill your feet. Good luck to all of you! This has been on my bucket list for a long time. Glad my wife and I could make it and complete the hike.

hiking
1 day ago

Very enjoyable hike.

Spectacular and unique setting. Most of the trail was relatively easy. Gets steep and more challenging as you approach the summit. Panoramic views are amazing. Definitely recommend it. Took about two hours top to bottom.

This is a great hike! Once you turn off the Windsor trail it gets quite steep, and you think we must be close at least 3x before you are actually close. But it’s worth the effort! There are lots of paths up to the lake, they all go the same place, just stay close to the creek and you’ll be fine. My gps said it was just under 8 miles, so a bit more than it’s listed as.

hiking
2 days ago