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Awesome views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. I even ran into a band of wild horses! The path becomes harder to follow, and less traveled once you reach the Mesa loop. The trail (if going in and out) is longer than what this says according to my Fitbit. Great hike!

Took my Citified wife on this trail. She struggled a bit on the return thru the miners trail, but worth going that route. Good little hike

I would rate the first 2-3 miles as a 5 star even with the burnt trees. After that the trail is challenging to find due to not being maintained. Lots of briars so wear pants and make sure and bring a walking stick. Be prepared to lose the trail several times but I guess that’s part of the adventure. I will say I am not a master hiker so others may keep on track better than myself but wouldn’t go if your not confident.

Overall it’s a good trail but needs maintenance before I would ever go back. I ended up getting caught in a thunderstorm and made my way over to ski Apache to hike back to my truck and cut it short.

We were looking for a nice long hike to take in some views and this fit the bill perfectly. Ambling along the ridges between Monjeau Peak and Buck Mountain, the trail offered beautiful wild flowers and 360 degree views of the surrounding peaks and forest.

Infrequent hikers may find the trail strenuous for it’s length and difficulty in trail finding at points. Cairns mostly keep you on track but we found ourselves off trail into some unpleasant spiny brush a time or two.

The only major draw back was the wet summer that had grown up thorn, thistle and all manor of irritable foliage into the path in places. If hiking in late summer, wear long pants.

Overall, quite enjoyable.

A very nice hike with great views. Mileage listing for the FULL Plateau Loop hike is a bit misleading. From the lake parking lot trailhead the hike to the beginning of the loop at the plateau would be be about 7.6 miles out and back. However, the "loop" trail at the plateau adds another 3.4 miles for a total of 11 miles out and back. Hiking the plateau was almost completely flat with second half the the loop much prettier than the first half which had been heavily forested and was burned. We saw four wild mustang horses that didn't seem to like us being there but we're beautiful to see

Was really excited to try this one out but was very disappointed. It looked like there had been a fire (possibly a controlled burning) and the trail was very hard to follow, had to search for the trail ahead multiple times, many trees to step over, lots of overgrowth in the path, and very steep half of the time. Definitely needs lots of maintenance or at least a warning at the beginning of the trial.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Great for a low key hike in the morning.

3 months ago

Good trail. Fairly steep at the north end starting point then a 1/2 mile in its all down hill; until you turn around, then a moderate uphill.

Nice morning hike. A little bit of a steep incline in places. We weren’t used to the altitude so took a bit to acclimate. Took the mine trail on the way back saw a small cave.

Not sure how this was before the fire but now it’s pretty hard to follow once you get deeper into the canyon. We actually weren’t able to finish it. There are some cairns along the way that we followed but we lost them eventually.

This was a very easy hike that my mom (70), Dad (67), myself (34), my wife (32, and two daughters (8 and 5) accomplished pretty easily. I even wore our two year old on my back. Do note that there really is intended to be a down and back trail which I failed to notice in the description. If you did that it would be 3.8 Miles. We parked a car at Winchester drive but there isn’t a real great area to park besides the side of the street outside of people’s houses. Also, there isn’t much of a trail or a marker that indicates Winchester once you are there. The main trail is actually about 50 feet below Winchester which you can’t really see from the trail. The only reason I knew I was there was the GPS. We hiked up from the trail to Winchester pretty easily even though there was no trail. The beginning of the trail to Winchester is 1.2 Miles actually. It took about 30 minutes.

I would not rate this hike moderate. The views were not a worthy return on incline investment (with miner’s trail included). The trail was shaded throughout making it a nice choice for a summer day, though.

I ran this trail this morning and it was a pleasant experience. I saw several elk as I was climbing and was able to run all the way down including a short excursion towards Monjeau to get the total mileage to 10 miles. All in all - a great trail.

This one is a hard one for me. The scenery in the trail is amazing, but we couldn’t complete it because but the road is not marked at all well. There are paths of this trail where the trees have fallen down because of a wild fire a while back and the road is not marked. I went by myself with my 2 dogs and got lost a long the way because the path is not visible, one of my dogs led the way and got us back on track. I would call myself an experience hiker and this one is a hard one to follow. The trail however gives you a one and a lifetime experience of seeing deers, bucks and even a bear. We had to wait for the bear to move but it was incredible. If you do decide to do this hike just beware of the paths were the trees are down! Good luck

Amazing views were the highlight of the hike with my non year old daughter

Great trail. Definitely take miners trail back. Would highly recommend it.

My sister and I are in our 50’s and we hiked about 2 miles. We walked uphill past several secluded cabins for about a 1/2 mile to reach the trailhead. It was a continuous but gradual climb for about another 1 1/2 miles. We reached a very steep climb up a mountain and decided we didn’t have enough energy for that so we turned around. We saw lots of burned trees and logs. We loved the vistas and the birds singing. We saw a blue jay. We only met two couples. It was a very quiet trail. I would consider it close to a hard trail.

I absolutely love this trail! Phenomenal views but beware of the section of downed trees, and the section of overgrowth. Some challenges, even for a local gal like myself. Definitely the biggest challenge is the elevation gain on the return trip from Monjeau! Brutal if you’re not used to the elevation!

freaking awesome . tons of dead game at the beginning which scared the halos out of my daughter.but if your not hunting here your a freaking moron.im not a hunter I'm just saying. its kind of hard to find . i found it accidentally. i think i did the lookout mountain loop.

drive to the trail head or its going to take way too long. first thing you have to do is get across a small river. your going to start passing cabins and wondering who the heck lives out here . you might even be a tad stressed that there could be hobos out there to rob you. dont worry , no hobos.i did this with my four and six year old. its pretty easy until you get into the white mountain wilderness.the ledges are steep and my daughter really needed a harness.seriously its one wrong step away from the emergency room and she was in lala land picking wildflowers. there is a cave towards the end of the trail. i would recommend packing some heat before checking that out.

5 months ago

Nice quiet trail..great mildly gradual incline surrounded by trees and a few wildflowers. Parking area by road watch closely for signs. Dusty and very dry but nice breeze...would recommend for a nice workout without the crowds...

Navigation app takes you to a gate of the local association. You will have to hike in to the trail head. First third to half is well defined. After that it’s hit or miss. Terrain is rugged and awesome. It is deceptive that the trail is 2.2, but it’s a lot of up and down the side of the gorge. Pants are preferred. Saw one couple exiting the trail and no one else so, lightly used. We loved it and will return. All Trails was spot on.

Nice hike, be prepared, at some points there are 23 degrees step, while at the creek, stop, enjoy the quietness , beautiful, deers, squirrels and a lot of beautiful birds.

7 months ago

It was a good hike, the terrain is good with a couple good inclines. There is a part where if you go right”don’t do this” you will be far off course. There’s a rock that you climb up and continue on the course.. there are few patches of thicket. But it’s a great view when you get to the top!

Great hike; take the miners trail on the way back to the starting route for beautiful vistas. It borders being strenuous at some points and isn’t well marked, so bring GPS if you take that part of the loop. Saw deer, horned toad, birds.

I parked at the (locked) gate near the end of FR 127A and then walked about a half mile to the Telephone Canyon Trailhead. You kinda meander past some houses, and then the trailhead is behind the last cabin. I forgot to take a picture, but at about .5-.6 mi there is a spring on the left of the trail, just as you're making a switchback to the left. I started seeing/hearing a lot of birds at around 7,500'. As you make your way to the Crest Trail, to the right you can see the Monjeau Lookout Tower. It was pretty windy up there. so other than just a few stops to take in the view and snap a pic or two, I made my way to the Miner's Rd Trail asap. I initially missed the turnoff to Miner's Rd Trail and ended up having to backtrack a little bit. Miner's Rd Trial is pretty rugged. (Once you find it) it's really easy to follow, it's just that this area was burned out pretty thoroughly in '12 and there are still many, many downed logs to navigate. It starts to get a lot prettier towards the end of the trail. There are several springs and the water was flowing at a decent rate the day I saw it. There's a pretty (small) waterfall where the Miner's Rd Trail and the N Eagle Creek trail come together. From there, it's just a simple walk of about .75 mi back to your car. It took me about 4.5 hrs, but I stopped to sit and watch the birds, I stopped to have lunch, and a few other times just to take everything in and enjoy the view so don't pay too much attention to my time. I enjoyed this hike, but I prefer the Argentina/Crest/Bonito Loop. Enjoy!

This trail was beautiful but with all the debris, it was very difficult to get up the mountain. There also is no clear trail so be sure you have your map ready. I really enjoyed this hike, but it should be marked as Hard because I took novice hikers with me and they really struggled.

Hiked up Telephone Canyon, which was relatively strenuous as it was an incline the whole way to Crest Trail. It was mostly burnt out, but that presented some great views of the snow-capped Lookout and Sierra Blanca peaks. Once got to Crest Trail and back down Miner’s Road, it was easy. Tough at points to follow Miner’s Road because there is little defined trail, and a lot of fallen trees, so be sure to have your phone charged up.

Love this trail right out of the rainbow lake camp ground fun trail after a morning breakfast!!!

This is very nice trail with wonderful views, me and my granddaughter did it in January in a beautiful day, steep but easy to hike. We returned by the mining road and was not difficult to find the trail.

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