Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Nogal with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
11 days ago

Awesome trail with gradual incline. Great view at the top of the saddle. Actually went down this trail by accident with the intention to climb Nogal Summit. If you’re planning to head for that summit, don’t go this way unless you want to turn your 3 mile hike into a 9 miler. Oops.

Tougher trail than we thought it would be. Many steep, rocky inclines and descents. That being said the view at the top is astounding! Close to 7 miles. Take your time and wear good hiking boots.

Great hike through trees and meadows. When you get to Argentina Peak, I highly encourage you to top the rock. It is a tough climb, but well worth it for the view and a great place to rest.

This was a fantastic hike and we highly recommend doing the loop. Don’t take the cut off stay the course and you will be rewarded with beautiful vistas. The map say 6 miles but it is really over 7 miles. Great hike.

The best trail in area.

This is in the top five of our favorite hikes. So glad we did not take the shortcut. The views were gorgeous.

Very Clearly marked and very doable trek! Took us about 2/12 hours to complete. loose rock but overall a chill hike. Went in Mid-June it was 85° and 76° when we finished.
Our dogs loved it. The Cows had us blocked in a spot for a min.
wore shorts and tank. take sunscreen and water, maybe some jerky for a snack.

backpacking
6 months ago

The loop is good. Many alternate trails like Turkey Canyon and Argentina Canyon. NOTE: the road to the trailhead was blocked by an Army Corp of Engineers gate. You can either alter the route slightly by going to Three Rivers Campground or start the hike at the Bonito trailhead west of Bonito Lake.
Beautiful views. Water in the creeks were flowing enough to filter water.

BE PREPARED. The beginning of this trail (19) is moderate but at the start of the climb to get to the second half (33) is very difficult. The trail is virtually impossible to follow with all of the fallen trees from the fire. We were lucky to have one phone with All Trails to keep us on the approximate path. Views at the top of this trail were amazing but can get steep at times and took a long time to get up. Took a lot more effort to climb than anticipated. This trail is very dangerous for people who are not prepared with multiple days worth of food and water. If you roll your ankle or hurt yourself either in a minor or major way, good luck getting help. There is 10% of the trail a helicopter could get to you. It was beautiful, but be over prepared and ready to spend multiple days due to nasty trail conditions.

Beautiful hike. Do not take the shortcut that connects Argentina and Bonito before getting to the summit. If you do so you’d miss the best part of the hike and the stunning views of the desert on the western side of the mountain range.

Hiked this trail yesterday in about 2 hours. great trail, amazing views, not too rugged. As a local this is one of my favorite loops to do. In mid November the weather wasn't too cold yet. however early in the morning and closers to sunset could potentially be very cold this time of year.

backpacking
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fantastic views, backpacked for 2 nights. Mostly easy water access.
Dropped to 25 degrees second night.
Trail well marked, some moderate climbing.
Great trip.

Great trail, variety of terrain and sights. Easy to navigate, well traveled and marked.

Great hike!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Really nice hike, especially past the .5 mile mark. The beginning of the trail has a lot of thistle so definitely wear pants, and the trail is a steady climb for 1.4 miles. Might be tough for real young kids. My 4 year old got tired after .5 and went back with my wife. But if you keep going, the last .5 of the trail has spectacular views of Nogal peak, and the end of the trail is atop a crest with incredible 360 views. I would rate this as moderate though due to the incline, loose rocks, and dense underbrush at the start of the trail. Overall, a really nice, relatively short hike with great views at the end. Didn't see anyone else on the trail!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Great trek!! Great 6 mile loop! No.25 trail gets thin but all in all able to determine the correct route. Constant views! Hope this little guide I did will help you do it too! Would recommend at least 2 liters of water and maybe a snack also wear pants cause the trail is filled with prickly plants. 10/10 for us! Cheers - justin , chandler, and trekker the Aussie dog !

Just finished this today with my wife and 9 and 10 year old. We went big Bonita-little Bonita-crest-Argentina. Had a great time. Girls were getting tired towards the end of the uphill but rallied on the way down and the views were fantastic.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nice views. Well marked trail.

Loved the trail. We went up Little Bonito, and down Argentina Canyon. As someone said, don't take the crossover trail- you will miss all the views, and it isn't really that much further to go to the peak.

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

We did this trail over two days and camped off the trail one night. It's a nice hike - the incline isn't too tough. We went up the Argentina side and down the Big Bonito side. The water crossings were pretty low, but there was some water available on both sides of the trail.

Hiked today. We went up Argentina, crossed at Crest Ridge, and returned via Bonito. It's a very good hike and my husband and I, both in our mid 60'S had no problems with the incline. The USFS map shows the Crest Ridge section as "difficult", but it was actually the easiest section of the trail. Gorgeous views at the top! There were several stream crossings coming down but they were all shallow and easy to cross. We stopped to soak our tired tootsies at one! Trails were very well maintained. FS Road 107 is also in pretty good shape.

Good hike. A little elevation with thinner air to breathe for those of us used to sea level. Our 6 mile turned to 8 because we accidentally took the cut through and didn't want to so we doubled back. The view from the back side is gorgeous. Skip the cut through and do the whole loop!

Had an amazing experience! Glad we got to travel up there and explore.
Lots to see while taking the trail!

Beautiful Hike! There are several Forks and options to take other trails. Well maintained, great views and a moderately challenging hike.

this by far is one of my favorite trails in the area. enjoy the view once you hit the Crest Trail. I could spent all day there!

horseback riding
Monday, August 01, 2016

Took Argentina Canyon Trail to the top, Hit Crest Trail and down Little Bonito. The views at the top of Argentina were awesome !

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

My wife and I hiked this trail 6/25/16 it was really nice lots of burnt trees but still pretty with the creek flowing and a couple water falls and beautiful cliffs despite getting rained on and hailed on we really enjoyed it but the trails do need to be cleared off

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

I grew up hiking this beautiful trail. I haven't been back once the fire. Not sure I'll ever go back. Prefer to keep my memories as it was. I gave it a 3, used to be 5. Don't know what it is now

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The trail was awesome, the loop system was very convenient. The views from atop the crest trail were beautiful. It's April 12 and we had some snow still on the trail but very manageable.

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

The hike is great for people that hike often because it is not easy. The trail isn't really marked so I used my Gaia GPS app to keep me on the right path. The hike starts 1/2 mile north of the camp site since it is closed. I did the 15 mile loop (Trail 19 to 33) in 8 hours including water/food breaks. I brought 4 liters of water. The first 5-6 miles on Trail 19 are boring hiking along the creek which is really rocky and a ton of fallen trees due to the fire. I don't recommend sneakers because of the rocks and water. Then you reach the open meadow and hike straight up to the top for about a mile. It's a mentally challenging climb but the views are amazing. Then you take Trail 33 along the ridge where the great views continue. Trail 33 then meets up with Trail 19 which you can just follow the creek to where they join. I was on a "trail" for maybe 20% of the time. You kind of get the general idea where to go but you need a GPS device for a handful of turns. I really recommend this hike for the adventurous hiker. Be sure to check the weather and would avoid going on a windy day. There was some snow at the end of March at the top which was helpful to hike on.
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