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Crest Trail (#25)

Intermediate

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21.6 mile 34.7 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 4,209' 1,283 m
Descent: -3,745' -1,141 m
High: 11,216' 3,419 m
Low: 8,805' 2,684 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)

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Run above the trees for 20+ miles of non-stop, panoramic views.

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Take plenty of water. The main springs (Turkey Canyon, Argentina, Spring Cabin, Bonito, and Ice) are unreliable.

Above the treeline, weather can change quickly. Be prepared for sudden storms.

Description

This is the Crest Trail (#25) in the White Mountain Wilderness from end to end, starting just below Nogal and ending at the Monjeau Trailhead. Much of the trail is above treeline with panoramic views in all directions.

The trail is easy to follow (after the snow melts). The first half is relatively flat, with moderate climbs and drops as the trail crosses from one drainage to another. At Bonito Spring, the trail climbs steeply up the flank of White Horse Hill and continues to climb until it turns east toward Monjeau Peak. The trail from Buck Mountain to Monjeau crosses through forest burned off in the 2012 Little Bear Fire.

Although this is doable as a day-run, spreading the run over two or three days will make it more manageable. There are many excellent campsites just off the trail.

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Topping out on White Horse Hill after hiking Three Rivers.
Aug 13, 2017 near Ruidoso, NM
Soaking up the view from the Crest.
Aug 13, 2017 near Carrizozo, NM
Day hike up Argentina Canyon to Crest Trail.
Nov 2, 2016 near Carrizozo, NM

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