Three River Trail 2 Day Backpacking Trip - Lincoln National Forest

  • December 13, 2013 · 6:00 PM

Three Rivers Trail is 6 miles long, following a perennial stream for most of the way, entirely in the woods with high rock walls along the way.  The stream has many large pools of water with trout, including a few that are 4-5 feet deep.  The trail is quite good with numerous stream crossings but none are difficult.  It begins at the Three Rivers Campground and ends at the Sacramento Mountains Crest Trail.  It is a really lovely area. 

We will camp about 4 miles up the trail where you have a few options for your tent, including putting a free standing tent on dry flat rocks in the middle of the stream (assuming no rain is forecast).  Lot's of options are available for day hiking.  I plan to hike up to the crest trail then probably a loop and then back to camp with a side trip to a peak of 11,000+.

As an added bonus the Three Rivers Petroglyph site is on the road leading to the trail head.  21,000+ petroglyphs have been documented and they are impressive.  $5 per vehicle if not camping there.

Friday night there are three options.  1.  Camp at the petroglyph site just 8 miles before the trail head.  No water but a bathroom facility with indoor plumbing.  $7 per night.  (I think that would also cover your visit to the PGs, which would otherwise cost $5 per car.  2.  The campground at the trail head.  Water but pit toilets.  $6 per night.  3.  Camp along the trail in the first 1/4 mile.  Some very nice spots.  Stream water and free.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Carpooling is an option.  At this point I am not sure if I will be in ABQ to join in on carpooling but should know within a week or more of the event.

If weather (not just cold but snow or other) becomes and issue we might just car camp and day hike.

The drive is about 2.45 hours from ABQ.

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Contact Keith with any questions. [masked]




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  • Keith F.

    I'm glad we are not doing this trip this weekend. It is snowy and cold down here. We always have the option of car camping and hiking if the weather is really rough. I think I'll drive over to White Sands today and see if it is covered with snow. That could be a weird sight.

    November 24, 2013

  • Marci O.

    I really wish that I weren't working during this trip. This sounds like the perfect intro trip for me!

    November 20, 2013

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