The White Mountain Wilderness, established as a primitive area in 1933, consists of 48,000 acres within the Lincoln National Forest of south central New Mexico.
The plan is to ascend Argentina Canyon, trail #39 until it reaches the Crest Trail #25. We then hike the Crest Trail past Argentina Peak, 9198 ft. to trail #29 which we follow to Spring Cabin. We will camp here Saturday night near the cabin where a spring is located. Once our camp is set-up we can hike the Crest Trail and watch the setting sun and tremendous views over the vast Tularosa Valley. On Sunday we will return to the cars and trail head via Little Bonita Creek and Bonita Creek, trails #37 and #36.
The area has recovered nicely from the fires of 2012. The beautiful riparian areas of Argentina Canyon, with its enormous, beautiful old growth Douglas-fir trees, and Bonita Creek were virtually untouched. And all of the trails are in excellent condition with no blow-downs to navigate around.
Trail Rating: Moderate due to elevation gain
Trail Length: 7 mile loop
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1300 ft. Trail head is at 7800 ft. High point is on the trail near Argentina Peak at 9100 ft.
Water is available in both canyons, and at Argentina Spring and Spring Cabin Spring. As always all water should be filtered.
Check the weather forecast for that weekend and plan accordingly.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome.
El Paso hikers wanting to carpool please meet at the Lowe's parking lot in NE El Paso at 6:30 am. We will leave by 7 am. Las Cruces hikers please contact other participants to make carpooling arrangements, or meet-up at the Argentina Canyon trail head. The drive to the trail head will vary from 3.5 - 4 hours. We will start the backpack at about 12 pm.
Spring Cabin, Lincoln National Forest