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19 hours ago

Challenging, when you get to the Lake, you feel like you accomplished a hike. Strenuous but rewarding. Watch out coming down. I slipped and fell. Good shoes are needed. We also use trekking poles.

19 hours ago

Be aware that there is a cut off road in order to get to the trail head! Very scenic and beautiful trail. Lots of wild life, be aware if traveling with a dog theres a lot of interesting smells and animals that could spike there interest. Very green and wet this time of year! Once you get to the top it's quite the view to take in!

19 hours ago

First time on this trail. We have lived in Santa Fe and do hikes there. We wanted to branch out a little. On Sat June 24 th, we were actually headed to another hiking area, but the small parking lot was full. So we headed here. I have the Santa Fe Day Hike book and I had briefly read up on this hike. I wanted to go to the cave.
We started out later than we really wanted to (about 1 pm) and by 4-5 pm the news was forecasting some storms. So. We knew it was not going to be the most optimal hike.
The trail is easy to follow, we had our book, but it does have lots of large loose rock. And , it is a bit strenuous.
We met a couple early on, they were headed out, and they had seen a bear. They said it was spotted "a ways off the trail". I should have been more scared.
The hike up took us longer than I wanted it to. We stopped and rested often. We saw a lone hiker headed down and a group of younger adults with two dogs.
We marched on until you get to the first good plateau, which is where most of my photos were taken. We were going to keep going, but we could see some clouds coming our way, we weren't well equipped and we had spent almost 4 hours hiking up. So, we left that breathtaking view saying we would be back and I started back down first. Just as I rounded the first corner to the switchback, I saw a movement right down the trail. I froze. It was a bear. My husband came up behind, and told me, Don't move. To late. I started to freak out.
The bear was a honey blonde color, shining right there in the sun! My heart stopped. Rex
Kept his cool somehow. The bear took a few more steps towards us and Rex made some really loud noises and the bear ran on up the mountain.
This was our very first encounter. I was terrified.
I liked to know how often bear sighting happen on this hike.

20 hours ago

We measured this trail at 3.8 miles up taking the shorter steep route. We took the the longer less steep route on the way down. This added close to a mile to the trip and a ton of time. You will see the option signs on the trail.
Great views on the trail definitely worth the trip. Start early it gets warm on the trail in the summer.

20 hours ago

Nice trail. Took roughly 2 hours for me. Saw a pack of dogs up there. They didn't look like coyotes or wolves. Kinda strange.

This is my favorite trail near Gallup by far. I want to reinforce that this is a dog friendly trail, too. My dog is only 4 pounds and she made it all the way to the top, but I ended up having to carry her down. BE CAREFUL on the descent, as the trail forks and isn't clearly marked which way is Church Rock Trail and Pyramid Trail. We ended up taking CR for a spell before we saw signs that labeled it as such. To be fair, we weren't paying extreme attention, but this trail is not marked adequately. Just be prepared for that!

Wheeler Peak is so far the highest point I have ever reached. It was a great hike. I started at 7:00 am to avoid the heat and possible afternoon thunderstorm. I reached the peak at 10:30 am and got down to parking lot at 2:00 pm. I took a short detour to Williams Lake, where I had some snacks. Make sure you have hiking poles. The snow covered trail after tree line was really slippery.

We did this trail over two days and camped off the trail one night. It's a nice hike - the incline isn't too tough. We went up the Argentina side and down the Big Bonito side. The water crossings were pretty low, but there was some water available on both sides of the trail.

Fun short trail to get your hike going. It's paved and has some concrete steps along the way.

Cool ruins, $20 parking was unexpected.

1 day ago

Fairly easy super cool trail. Worth the $20 entrance fee. Also, get the brochure - if you don't want to spend the $1, then they let you borrow a copy to return when done. Very interesting. You get to climb up any and all ladders to go explore. Lots of little rooms. They even have preserved some art! The trail is super crowded (granted we did go over Memorial Day Weekend) so would suggest going early. As we were leaving BUSES full of people were arriving. As it was there was a line for the ladders starting behind us. Definitely continue from the Main Trail Loop onto the Alcove House Trail. Lots of long tall ladders to climb up the side of the canyon. Slightly scared of heights so it was a bit nerve racking for me, but great! Hike this trail!

1 day ago

Nice mellow hike for me, my wife Cheri, and our dog Jasper. Loved it, Hot in the valley but cool up on the mountain.

Nice walk, amazing views! Dogs on leashes worked well!

mountain biking
1 day ago

Great trails, many trail options. There are other trails that aren't documented in this app. If you intend to go further out take plenty of water. I was pretty exhausted after doing 18 miles round trip. Will go back to explore the other trails.

Nice family and dog family trail!

Great trail. Enjoyed by the entire family. Ends with a great water fall about 20 feet high. Go all the way to the end and hang out at the small sandy area under the water fall. Plan to get wet, but don't miss the small pool at the top. Definitely would return and is pretty close to Santa Fe. Enjoy!