White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails

Ruidoso, New Mexico 88355

White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails

White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The Mountains of the Southwest have been described as “sky islands,” and nowhere is this more true than the mountain ridge known as the White Mountains, a subrange of the larger Sacramento Mountains. From the parched Chihuahuan Desert of the Tularosa Basin just to the west, the mountains rise precipitously 8,000 feet to the alpine life zone atop the 12,003-foot summit of Sierra Blanca, the southernmost occurrence of this life zone in the U.S. No place in New Mexico has greater vertical relief.

To the east stretch the arid high plains. The range and the wilderness take their name from Sierra Blanca, “white mountain,” the dominant peak whose retention of snow long after other peaks are bare has made it a landmark throughout southern New Mexico. A mild climate, a welcoming environment, a good system of maintained trails, and easy access make for outstanding hiking in the White Mountain Wilderness."

White Mountain Wilderness Area Trails Reviews

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8/18/2010
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.
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5/27/2010
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.
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10/1/2008
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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Trail Information

Ruidoso
Nearby City
110
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Spring, summer, fall
Season
4,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,300 feet
Top Elevation
Skiing
Additional Use
Lincoln National Forest – Smokey Bear Ranger District
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Aug 2018