Yet another Ruidoso Casino Bus ride! This hike will loop up, over and out of Sawmill Canyon... and track the old logging road around the boundary of the Indian Reservation, eventually stopping when the route crosses into the Res. Return will be along the same route, possibly adding in the Spur Trail Loop for variety.
With luck, we'll run into that same mountain lion from this week's hike!
The bus departs from the White Sands Mall at 6am... arriving at the Casino at 7:30am. Return buses depart every 1.5 hours with the final bus of the day departing at 6pm. You have the option after the hike of heading home or sticking around the Casino for rest or play. We do not have to take the same bus home.
The Forest will be closing down sometime this month... this may be one of the last bus trip hikes we get to enjoy until the Monsoon rains kick in...
This route is not one of the difficult hikes in the area, but it does slide up and down and across a few ridges... all on old road beds. Temperatures should be pleasant: 7,000' elevation!