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Nice short walk from the TH. Very busy that day, so we parked at the John Dunn bridge and walked up to the start of the trail. Lots of folks enjoying the hot springs today.

hiking
2 days ago

This hike provides decent scenery at times of the year when you can't see as much in the mountains. The actual canyon in not very long, but you can lengthen the hike by going to the river. It's also fairly close to town and not as heavily used as trails in the mountains. However, there is no maintained trail, and that can make it a little more difficult at times. Watch out for flash flooding in the summer.

This is a great trail! Easy to follow and has some beautiful views!

hiking
3 days ago

I'm 56. The 1,000' descent and ascent are challenging. The rest pretty easy. Beautiful hike.

Not for the faint of heart.......
The terrain is steep and the granite can be very slick. The trail dead ends several thousand feet past the TWA wreckage site.
The trail starts out very easy, but becomes technical when you reach the stream bed. The trail leading up to the crash site is steep and covered by dense vegetation.

hiking
5 days ago

backpacking
5 days ago

This was the first leg of a two-day backpacking trip. I had not hiked this trail in almost 20 years, and I had forgotten how scenic it is. It may be my favorite trail in the White Mountain Wilderness. The stream was flowing well (and had trout in it--something I have not seen anywhere else up here). The trail runs through the canyon carved by the stream, with occasional dramatic cliffs on either side. We saw no other hikers the entire day; we had Three Rivers and another 8 miles on the Crest all to ourselves. And we lucked out on the weather: not a drop of rain, and few clouds.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike. It's uphill the entire way, but doesn't become tiring until maybe the last 1/3. It took us about 3.5 hours to get to the lakes, but we stopped for photos a lot. On the way down, it took around 2 hours, which included stopping to photograph the stunning moss covered trees illuminated by the setting sun. I DO NOT recommend attempting to get to the trailhead by driving east of Truchas on Forest Road 639. Even with 4WD, there are rocks and lots of water (at least during monsoon season) that made it harrowing. Instead, try 207 down from El Valle. We took that on the way back to Taos, and it was much better. There's no snow at the top by mid August.

My favorite hike in the area. The canyon of the Middle Fork is beautiful and impressive, the wading/river crossings are fun. Little Bear Canyon is fun too, the hike out of the canyon is okay. From TJ Corral to the TH of the Middle Fork you can try to follow the river instead of using the road.

hiking
5 days ago