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I have done this hike twice. Once from Middle Fork and Once from William's Lake. Great hike, excellent challenge; especially when you have to consider getting stuck above the tree line in the rain and storms.

hiking
1 day ago

The hike was challenging, but beautiful! The terrain changes significantly throughout the Trail, which keeps things interesting! I had a blast and enjoyed sitting on the large rocks at the top and enjoying the view!

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail with my son up from the ski lodges. It was a final tuneup before his trek at Philmont. Lots of wildlife and incredible views. It's a hard trail but anyone with experience can make this trek. Pace and water and you are good to go. Must see if you are in this part of New Mexico.

Great trail for the whole family. Views are wonderful.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty easy hike, the route i took. You can make it a 2 mile hike if you drive up most of the way and you can drive al the way up to La Mosca lookout.

While i hiked to the summit, you can pretty much drive any med-clearance vehicle 4x4 on FR 453 until about the last 1/2 from the peak. Where you'll find a downed tree and trail disappears into the forest.

I'd rate the off road condition 7/10. Washboard dirt road leading up to FR453 at the end of FR547.

Great hike. Trail very clearly marked with signs right from the parking area and blue blazes on the trees. Left early since afternoon thunderstorms are the norm in mid-July. Clear blue sky on the summit at 8:00 am. Lots of marmot! Must have seen 15 or more. Even got a good picture of the more elusive picas

Lots of people hiking up as I was descending. Weather held out until just after noon when the rain and thunder started if you're hiking in July get an early start to beat the rains! It's worth the extra effort.

I give five stars because it's a beautiful area and the springs are quite magical. There's a smaller, more shallow, warmer spring at the bottom and a bigger, less warm spring at the top that you can swim in. It's about 4 feet deep, I'd guess.
As others stated, the trail can be confusing though. You start at the east trail map and take the trail to the left of the river. Keep right. You'll eventually come to a fork, go right and follow the red trail markers. If you go left, on the edge of the mountain, you're going the wrong way and the trail will end.
It's a completely uphill trail so make sure to wear good shoes.
Overall, my friends and I loved it once we found it and it made the hike worthwhile. We had it completely to ourselves on a Thursday afternoon. We had to cut it short when it started to pour rain but it was fun! We'll definitely be back.
Also disclaimer that I did not know: It costs $5 (cash/check only) to park near the trail and that lot closes at 6. If you stay past that time, you'll have to find the woman in the RV to unlock the gate for you.

hiking
4 days ago

Best hike in Sandias. Up to Sandia Crest and back today 17miles and took us 8 hours with moderate breaks

Great trail. Steady but mild incline throughout. Great waterfall at the end. You have to walk down the stream to get to the end but totally doable. Didn't have to step in water once. I wouldn't describe it as "lightly" traffic, more like moderately.