The Best Lincoln National Forest Trails

An outdoor, cabin vacation isn’t complete without some activities that send you out to explore nature. The quiet, lovely atmosphere of the great outdoors offers something romantic for couples visiting the area for the first time. Walking through the forest with your spouse can get you off your phones and keep you close together to talk and enjoy each other’s company. Lincoln National Forest has a wide variety of trails that can accommodate hikers of differing skill levels. None of these treks are too difficult, as many are great for a simple stroll. Read on to learn more about the various trails in Lincoln National Forest.

Grindstone Lake Loop

  • Length: 6.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 813 ft
  • Dogs: Allowed on leash
  • The Grindstone Lake Loop is one of the most popular trails in the area due to the opportunities for fishing and bird watching, so expect to see a fair amount of people along the way. This hike also provides some of the best views of Grindstone Lake and surrounding areas as you follow a single track trail.

Cedar Creek Trail

  • Length: 4 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 452 ft
  • Dogs: Allowed on leash, off-leash in designated areas
  • The trailhead for the Cedar Creek Trail is located in town, making it a great option for a day hike while staying with us. The hike is known for being peaceful, in spite of how popular it is. The main path is 4 miles long, but you can easily extend your hike with the numerous turnoffs to other trails.

Bridal Veil Falls Trail

  • Distance: 7.9 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation Length: 111 feet
  • Dogs: Allowed on leash
  • One of the most popular hikes in the area, Bridal Veil Falls offers a romantic scene of a 45-foot waterfall! The trail is well-marked and contrasts the dry desert markedly. It’s a great historical trail for those interested. 

Osha Trail

  • Distance: 2.5 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation Length: 396 feet
  • Dogs: Allowed on leash
  • A smaller trail that’s good for rookies, Osha Trail shows off the white sands of New Mexico with wildflowers scattered along the path which winds through a pristine fir forest. While the trail is well-maintained, there are plenty of rocky patches as well as a high chance of mud when it rains, so bring a good pair of hiking boots or tennis shoes.

Switchback Trail

  • Distance: 4.3 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation Length: 515 feet
  • Dogs: Not allowed 
  • A much shorter path close to the town, the Switchback Trail is perfect for kiddos and is more nature walk than hike. You’ll find an old bridge, railroad trestles, and much more along the way. The path remains level for the vast majority of its length.

Little Apache Trail

  • Distance: 3.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation Length: 403 feet
  • Dogs: Not allowed
  • The Little Apache Trail is perfect for a leisurely stroll through the forest. The trail is well marked and easy to follow while the numerous trees provide plenty of shade. Be sure to dress well when hiking this path in the winter as this area gets plenty of snow.

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