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

hiking
2 days ago

Small trickle of water, nice greenery, and overall good little hike.

Nice quiet trail with butterflys and hummingbirds . Falls are trickling today.

Quick and easy. You can walk to the top of the “falls” and get a pretty view as well.

Definitely use the Alltrails app to record your hike as there are many unmarked trails along the ridge.

The area will need a lot of rain to get that waterfall going again. The creek above the cave is barely trickling. My app measured .6 miles to the cave o/w.

hiking
25 days ago

We did the trail at 7am in July, and it was very quiet and shady. Although the terrain is a gentle climb, there is a lot of crushed rock, which would be challenging for those with balance problems. Worth it to proceed past the falls, but there is a short, steep incline that would be difficult for children.

hiking
29 days ago

It was okay. Biggest drawback is that the first half is on a dirt road passable by a capable 4WD vehicle when not too muddy. Luckily it finally turned into a nice secluded single track for the way back. Passed only by one runner on a weekday morning. Nice and quiet and no bikers seen although tire tracks in the dirt suggest that cyclists as well as off-road vehicles do use the trail. Good shade walking through the juniper. No views. Very flat and easy trail (who named this??). No water for dogs.

wouldn't call it a waterfall...

2 months ago

Trail is closed due to high fire hazard.

The hike itself is pretty and the trail connects with the crest trail which will lead you faulty trail. If you’re expecting to see a waterfall you will be disappointed... However, the views and small cave were awesome!

Great hike loved listening to the birds and the thunder and I got back to my car just in time

Trail is well-maintained. Went with my whole family: mom, sisters, young nephews. Just the right length for a small family outing.

Loved it when I went with my fiancé. Fairly shaded and the little cave feature is a bonus.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, peaceful and mellow hike with rolling hills. Not very rocky (except in a few areas).

You can save yourself 10 minutes driving and get on the trails quicker (if you’re coming from I-40) by parking at Pine Flat and taking the Pine Flat Connector to the loop. Total length about 5.5 miles, and a slight addition in climb (though it’s gradual).

Another advantage of doing it this way is that the substantial climb (about .6 miles from Pokerchip onto Mahogany) is in the middle of the hike, instead of at the end, as it is if you start at Oak Flat.

There are a lot of intersections and I had to pull my phone out to wayfind a lot the first time. From Pine Flat, to go clockwise, just remember it’s all right turns EXCEPT at Gambel Oak (meeting the loop), Caida Del Pino, Pine Loop, and Pine Flat Connector (heading back to the car).

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 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
6 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
6 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.

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