Monjeau Lookout

Ruidoso, New Mexico 88355

Monjeau Lookout

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A day hike or easy overnight trip along a high lush ridge of the White Mountain Wilderness.

The trail starts at about 9,840 feet and climbs within the first 2 miles to the high point at about 10,460 feet. For the most part, the rest of the hike is a slow, easy descent along the ridge to a low point of about 9,120 feet near the end. The last 0.3 mile climbs about 200 feet to the lookout access road, FR 117."

Monjeau Lookout Trip Reports

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9/6/2018
nice regrowth since the fire. Can be windy
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5/18/2017
Was there Sunday ,14 May, 2017. The little bear fire of 121 changed things, and the area around the lookout is now surrounded by baby (2-4 foot) aspen trees. Glorious regrowth.
The only trail immediate close, is been covered with dead trees and over growth,but the crest trail starts out just 1/4 mile down the mountain and is in great shape.
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10/1/2008
Wonderful Trail. Beware of the high altitudes as the trail starts over 9,000'. Beautiful scenery, especially when the Aspens turn gold in the fall. Breathtaking.
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11/11/2007
nice trail, some parts are hard to read where it continues but overall a nice day hike. Be prepared its a lot of up hill, down hill and ridge lines but awesome views, don't forget the camera. the road leading up to the ski area is a little narrow or windy for some, but it reminded me very much of Europe and the alps. Have fun.
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Trail Information

Ruidoso
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
11
Distance
1,340 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
5–7 hours
Duration
Late May through October, depending on snow
Season
9,120 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,460 feet
Top Elevation
Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Lincoln National Forest, 901 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345; (575) 257-4095
Local Contacts
White Mountain Wilderness; Lincoln National Forest; Nogal Peak and Angus 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

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