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Awesome trail!! Loved the caves and falls

Nice hike with some strenuous uphills at times. We went further than the junction with the Upper Faulty on the Faulty trail, so our hike was closer to 8 miles, but the loop with the Upper Faulty makes for a nice change of scenery on the way back. Definitely be sure to bring lots of water as the South Crest trail is very exposed at times and it gets quite hot.

I’ve been down the trail that leads to the falls a few times on different occasions, and it’s a nice easy hike for sure, not too much elevation gain or ups and downs in the trail, although there is a fair amount of sun so it gets pretty warm. The falls aren’t really much when it hasn’t rained for a while, only a small trickle, but if you feel up to it, you can go further along the trail through some trees or even connect with the Faulty Trail or just continue on the Crest Trail.

Great hike for the whole family!

Loved the hike.

This was a great beginners trail. I took a 2 year old, 8 year old and my pregnant sister. It was a breeze.

The falls are usually a trickle, but there's also the tiny cave and a whole lot of fossils in the rocks above and to the right of the falls. Fun for kids to climb around and explore. Some seasons there's wild irsises and grapes here. If you follow the trail up past the falls just a short ways, there's a rock stacking area.

hiking
2 months ago

Even in the rain it was a beautiful trail! Can't wait to come back on a sunnier day !

we went mid March and it was beautiful weather. the trail ascended almost the whole way but it was very gradual so doable with dogs and kids. we took our 3 dogs and our 2 year old and it was a ton of fun. there was a small trickle of water out of the rocks but the hike was easy and very beautiful. on the way down we ended up going northbound up 130 for another few miles and came back down. I highly recommend if you're beginning to get into hiking.

I’m not able to edit my existing review, but kudos to AllTrails for fixing the errors I referenced! The info all looks correct to me now.

Great hike! Feels very remote, which is surprising, considering the trailhead is right on the road. There are many, many more trails in the Open Space to explore, beyond this loop.

I was confused to find only a very small pull-off (big enough for 3-4 cars) and a tiny trailhead, with a small sign, across the road. But the location as marked is correct.

There’s a bit of misinformation in this listing. I followed the trail exactly as shown on the AllTrails map (no easy feat, as there are MANY unmarked branches and it seemed my instinct was wrong in every case, causing lots of doubling back), and also extended by at least 1/2 mile total at the far end of the loop (by Sierra Vista Estates). However, my total distance was only 5.29 miles, in the end. Nowhere near the 6.2 miles listed.

There are a few places in which the trail goes down the center of a wash for a stretch. I’d avoid this loop in the rainy season.

This trail is tagged “no dogs,” but dogs are allowed. They just must be on leash (as is typical). There is even a community dog bowl at the single trail sign I saw.

I would not characterize this trail as moderate. It’s slightly less challenging than the Birdhouse Ridge/Tunnel Canyon loop, which is rated “easy” by this app.

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed the walk... Question for veteran NM hikers. We saw lots of animal droppings on the trial (someone has been eating berries) - what critter might this be?

Fun and easy hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Fairly easy hike. Enjoyed seeing the falls frozen over. Step carefully at the falls as it was icy and slushy there.

We hike here with the kids all the time! plenty of shade, and easy going. trails are pretty rocky, but not too bad. It's always quiet, & we've only ever seen 4 people total out here. oh, and some good geo caching along the trails too. some micro sized, & other good sized caches.

Nice way to spend an afternoon

Just imagine an old, fat, & out of shape woman hiking this Trail. It was great. I recommend that some areas be better marked, as I found taking the beaten path wasn't necessarily taking the trail. There is a lot of loose Rock & it would be easy to turn an ankle. It was perfect for me as it was a good physical workout.

Perfect for our 2 and 1/2 year old to be able to hike with us. We had to pick him up a couple of times going uphill, but it was scenic and easy. Waterfall was more of a trickle (in October) but still a fun destination. Our dog loved it too, and we saw a number of other dogs out hiking with their owners.

great trail. Lots of loose rocks in places so watch your step. Good shade on most of the trail. Will definitely return.

We went

Favorite so far!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy to follow and scenic

Falls is a trickle right now. Easy and good for families.

mountain biking
8 months ago

little harder than expected. Bill Rocky and some areas in your wheels tend to slide. had a great time.

8 months ago

Great hike and enjoyed all the scenery! Clean trail and good for dogs and cats! We have a cat that likes to hike also so it was just right. Good areas to stop and enjoy a quick snack! Easy to find with the directions.

Some highway noise as noted by others. Light foot traffic otherwise (once past the RC car track?!??) and nice trail. Not a ton of spectacular viewpoints, but a few nice ones. Overall a good day hike.

Couple piles of fresh bear scat (been a while, googled to be sure) right off the trail, easy walk with great views for the mile or so I went up.

Nice hike today first time there very title after maybe the spring will be nicer

I think it would be nicer for biking than hiking.

Waterfall is underwelming.

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