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Gems in Lincoln National Forest - 2

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gem Favorite Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.

Mexican Canyon Trestle

(2) La Luz, NM
gem Favorite This is all that's left of the old cabin on the Dog Canyon Trail...

Old Cabin

(2) Boles A…, NM

Recommended Routes in Lincoln National Forest - 4

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Favorite White Oak's Canyon
Difficult

Sitting Bull Falls Loop Trail

9.9 mi 15.9 km 1,782' Up 543.24 m Up 1,785' Down 544.04 m Down

Whites…, NM
Favorite Incredible view down into White Sands National Monument!
Difficult

Rim Trail Out-and-Back

23.2 mi 37.3 km 3,088' Up 941.21 m Up 3,088' Down 941.28 m Down

La Luz, NM
Favorite Crossing the Arroyo. Looking NW.
Difficult

Alamo Canyon Loop

6.3 mi 10.1 km 1,246' Up 379.74 m Up 1,248' Down 380.44 m Down

Alamogordo, NM
Favorite A woman and her dog head west from Bridal Veil Falls chasing the sunset.
Intermediate

Fresnal Canyon Rails-to-Trails

8.9 mi 14.4 km 767' Up 233.7 m Up 767' Down 233.68 m Down

La Luz, NM

Lincoln National Forest Hiking

  • 379 Miles 610 Kilometers of Trail
  • 4 Recommended Routes
  • 2 Gems Gems
  • 15 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 67 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 9 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Lincoln National Forest - 87

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6.1 mi 9.8 km #1Three Rivers Trail (#44)
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
Carrizozo, NM
21.6 mi 34.7 km #2Crest Trail (#25)
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
Intermediate
Carrizozo, NM
2.2 mi 3.5 km #3T93 Perk Canyon Connector
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
20.1 mi 32.3 km #4Guadalupe Ridge Trail (GRT): Lincoln NF Segment
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
Intermediate
Pine Springs, TX
1.7 mi 2.8 km #5Upper Karr Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
Easy/Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
6.0 mi 9.6 km #6T5700-Dark Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
0.2 mi 0.3 km #7Schofield/Taylor Canyon #5007D
Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
Intermediate
Alamogordo, NM
5.3 mi 8.6 km #8Dog Canyon Trail (T106)
Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
Difficult
Alamogordo, NM
7.2 mi 11.6 km #9Grindstone Lake Trail
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
1.6 mi 2.6 km #10Lower Cedar Creek Trail #120A
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM
Intermediate
Ruidoso, NM

Photos of Lincoln National Forest - 173

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Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.
Feb 2, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Last Chance Canyon
Jan 17, 2019 near Whites…, NM
Grindstone Lake and the Ruidoso Valley just before dawn. Alfred Hale Connector is the perfect spot to watch the sun rise over the mountains.
Mar 23, 2016 near Ruidoso, NM
Soaking up the view from the Crest.
Aug 13, 2017 near Carrizozo, NM
White Oak Canyon
Jan 16, 2019 near Whites…, NM
Incredible view down into White Sands National Monument!
Oct 31, 2017 near La Luz, NM
The trail can be seen coming off the bench section toward the cabin in the canyon.
Jan 8, 2017 near Boles A…, NM
View from Forest Road 64
Jul 25, 2021 near Boles A…, NM