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The trail is generally in good shape, quite a bit of deadfall in the 2nd half. We took a few breaks going up, took us 4 hours to summit to the crest trail intersection. Downhill was about 2.5 hr. Definitely a strenuous hike, but the 100s of waterfalls and the view at the summit were well worth it.
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".
This was my favorite trail of our week long trip in New Mexico. There is so much variance in the landscape and the Biomes. Once you are in the canyons there are fields of wild flowers and wild mint growing along the river. We went in september and it was incredible.Tthe spring is actualy a little tricky to find. you just have to look for aquatic plants growing along the canyons. We found the large pool by following the spring from the river. Don't look for hot water or anything like that. It did not help. Everyone said you can't miss the spring but we sure had a hard time finding it. There are about 1,257 river crossings on this trail. Just bring shoes you don't mind getting wet. The water was not especially high or fast. you are just wet for most of this hike. Great camping spots. Try to camp near the Spring if possible. The sites seem to me a little better up river. Also, We did find a large rattle snake in one of the fields. He let us know he was there long before we got too close and it was not a big deal but something to be aware of.