New Mexico's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide
by Bob Julyan & Tom Till (Westcliffe Publishers)
© Bob Julyan & Tom Till/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.
I began this hike at the Trail head of Crest Trail #25 near Monjeau Lookout Tower. Had great weather but little water, don't start this hike with less than 2 liters of water because its 5.5 miles and a couple of thousand feet elevation rise before the first spring. I made it to trail #33 before setting camp, the next day I came out trail #33. This trail is in need of some attention, there are alot of down trees and it is very hard to stay on the trail. Also very steep, but also very beautiful.
Forget the first miles from Monjeau, which are pretty but not special. Start at Ski Area, to climb to Ice House Spring.. From there, the trail is spectacular. The springs are very seasonal, so bring water. Saw lots of elk. It is possible to do the 22 miles in one day.
We went up antelope creek and around trail 25 to white horse hill, and then down the ridge along trail 33. Not a long loop, but very beautiful with Aspen turning along 33 especially. Trail 33 is not in good shape and had to search to stay on it on the way down, would be very steep to come up. Lots of great views of the arid valley/white sands, and the mountains along the way.
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