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Lincoln Nat'l Forest: 3 Rivers to Lookout Mountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hike runs along a creek that climbs from 3 Rivers base camp (6450ft) to the Crest Trail. At the top of the Crest trail we'll take a right hand turn and head to ski apache to summit lookout mountain.  We would be back at the car no later than 8pm (sundown), which should give us enough time for a lunch at the ski Apache around 2-3pm. If you don't want to hike back to 3 rivers, feel free to find a partner who can park at ski apache and shuttle you back to 3 rivers. This adds about 4 hours of driving to your day if you choose this option, but you cut the hiking distance to about 12-13 miles.

What: 3 Rivers trail hike to Ski Apache (Lookout Mountain).

When: Meetup at 3 rivers trail head at 0745, we'll be on our way NLT 0800 Saturday morning.


Event Location: 3 Rivers trailhead. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=34202

Directions: From US 54, 24 miles south of Carrizozo or 18 miles north of Tularosa, turn east onto Forest Road 579 at the sign that says Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and Campground for 13 miles (the last 7 miles are unpaved).  The road is well marked to the campground. There is a parking lot at the back of the campground that is right next to the trailhead we will be departing from.


Meeting point: 3 Rivers Campground. Those not staying overnight at the campsite should probably arrange a carpool from Las Cruces if your coming from that direction. We will be at the trailhead ready to go at 7:45am.

Optional: You can camp at 3 rivers campground the night before for $6/car. There are 12 developed tent sites near a stream along with toilets/picnic tables and drinking water.

Level of difficulty: 5-Strenuous (Trail is a steady uphill climb up to turnaround point. There should be plenty of water along the 3 rivers trail, the 2nd half of the hike to ski apache will have little to no water along the path. Total distance roundtrip is approximately 26 miles.


Cost: Must pay parking fee at State park entrance of $6.00 per car. Must provide own transportation, supplies, and full tank of gas

Bring: Hiking shoes/boots, hat, food and flashlight as we might wind up finishing after sundown. You may want to consider bringing a rainjacket and change of shirt/socks/shoes just in case there is rain that day

Optional: Camera, binoculars, walking stick, snacks.

Kid friendly? No Pet friendly? Yes

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Did a GPS ever get posted? What is the total mileage and elevation gain? I want to try this Saturday.

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it today

    April 27, 2013

  • Samat

    Probably doing my own thing, scouting for the Memorial Day backpacking trip…

    April 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      campground 1: N[masked] W[masked]

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      campground 2: N[masked] W[masked]

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, what is the final plan for this? Is this still planned to go to the ski area, or is it just to Whitehorse Hill, as originally posted. I am only going to Whitehorse Hill. I have to be home by 5, ideally, to get ready for work. Also, what is the official meet-up time at the trailhead? Ricky and I are pooling from the north side of Alamo.

    April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We are going to meet up at the trailhead @ 0745 tomorrow morning. The plan is to go all the way to lookout mountain.

      April 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Michael was interested in coming but didn't feel up for the entire route. I'll let him know your only going to white horse hill, maybe he'll be up for that part of the hike?

      April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone planning on meetup up at the fire station to carpool to the trailhead? If not I'll just be heading straight to the trailhead.

    April 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'll see if I can remember to turn off my lights in the car this time haha

      April 23, 2013

    • Yubao

      No worries, this time you can run the highway and get back to Alamo. Only the people riding with you are in trouble :)

      April 24, 2013

  • mark s.

    Hi Yubao, Yes I can meet you at the coffee shop for car pooling. Is there anyone else from EP on the west side that would want to join me on the way up?

    Mark

    April 23, 2013

    • Yubao

      Great! 0600 Milagros Coffee then. If no else is coming, we will meet with Tim in Alamo and let him be our driver.

      April 23, 2013

  • Yubao

    Mark and Bryan, I wonder if you are interested in carpooling with me? My intention is we meet at Milagro Coffee at 0600 and promptly leave directly for the trail head. Samat and Kenny, if you guys eventually decide to come and scout for the Memorial Day weekend backpacking trip, would you consider carpooling with us too? Please respond to this message or contact me on my phone.

    April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I still have the gps track from the last time we hiked 3 rivers to lookout mountain. I tagged a few waypoints that had campsites on the ridge of the crest trail. If Samat or anyone else would like the track just let me know.

      April 23, 2013

  • Samat

    For those who want to do the longer route, but do not think they can handle the mileage in a day, I just finished writing up a near-same trek as a 2-day backpacking trip over Memorial Day weekend: http://www.meetup.com/las-cruces-hiking/events/115218242/

    April 19, 2013

  • Kenny J.

    are you guys still camping the night before?

    April 17, 2013

    • Yubao

      I'm open either way, so long we can start early enough that we get to finish before dark.

      April 18, 2013

    • Kenny J.

      yeah it seems more reasonable than driving up super early from cruces. I kind of want to do this hike once before we do our trip in may. Still not sure...

      April 18, 2013

  • Samat

    Hrm, any interest into turning this the hike we did before? Hiking 1-way from Three Rivers to Ski Apache? It was a PITA to coordinate but the idea of walking from desert to ski resort is sort awesome…

    March 26, 2013

    • Samat

      +1 for changing this back to just White Horse Hill, if it's going to be a 1-day thing… the group is also planning a 2-day Memorial Day Weekend backpacking trip where we do this same route, but with camping stuff/etc stashed at the top of the mountain

      April 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Original posted mileage is 12 miles. Yubao had expressed a desire to do a longer hike before it became official, so I added the distance. I'm fine with either route, as they both take the same path.

      April 9, 2013

  • Samat

    Blah, any chance of another weekend other than the 27th? Warrior Dash is in ABQ on Apr 27: http://www.warriordash.com/register.php?loc=New%20Mexico&yr=2013

    March 27, 2013

    • Yubao

      Samat, pick a time, I personally don't have a problem of having a re-run of this hike.

      March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm the same. I wouldn't mind doing it a second time later, but I can't reschedule this one.

      April 5, 2013

  • renee s.

    love to do this but i'll be oot. have a great hike.

    March 27, 2013

    • Yubao

      We will just have to make this guys only hike. Just kidding:)

      1 · March 28, 2013

  • Yubao

    Tim, approximately, what's the distance?

    March 19, 2013

    • Yubao

      Unless you want to do it next Wednesday or Thursday.

      March 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Total distance is now 26-27 miles roundtrip. We can take our time a little on the way up, but going down we should probably keep a good pace to beat the dark.

      March 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    RSVPing "Yes" depending on the date.

    March 26, 2013

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