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Three Rivers

  • Aug 20, 2011 · 6:00 AM

Out-and-back hike on the Three Rivers Trail in Lincoln National Forest, climbing Sierra Blanca.

Tentative plan is to start on the east trail head at Three Rivers and hike up to the Crest Trail, at which point we'll turn around (I'd love to keep going to Ski Apache but I don't think anyone wants to figure out the car shuffle). I am unsure of mileage or elevation gain, but it's at least 10 mi and over 3000 ft elevation gain. The trail follows a creek and crosses it several times—expect it to be washed out in several places.

Per-vehicle parking is $6 (I think?).

I'm open to either Saturday or Sunday; if you want to reschedule for Sunday, please leave a comment (do not RSVP) ASAP! I'd like to leave early and do our best to avoid thunderstorms (which we probably won't).

More details forthcoming.

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  • Samat

    Quite possibly my most embarrassing hike ever—severely lost, completely my fault (lesson 1: don't trust directions from drunk cowboys; lesson 2: no, your gut feeling and GPS are NOT wrong!). Nonetheless incredible views and even a little bit of wildlife.

    August 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a wonderful adventure. We saw all kinds of flowers and vegetation. The hike was a good workout, too. My one toe is sore from some of the down hill. Does anyone know how to keep that from happening? Most of all it was fun.

    Terri

    August 21, 2011

  • Cesar G

    I dont know why the link doesn't work but you can find it under recreation and hiking. It does list it as 3.3 miles instead of 6 like Three rivers so may be pretty steep.

    August 17, 2011

  • Samat

    This is NOT a beginner's hike. Please don't attempt it unless you would like to challenge yourself (while difficult, this is a good hike for that: as posted it is out-and-back, so turn around at your leisure). You will need to step through the creek so I don't recommend less than water-resistant boots.l

    August 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, I'm interested in joining for this hike but I'm a novice hiker so I don't know if this would be a good one to start with? Also, if this is a possible hike, can you let me know what to bring and is running/walking shoes ok or do I need hiking shoes?

    August 16, 2011

  • Samat

    @Terri: Assuming Las Crucans leave at 6 (and El Pasoans at 5:30), I think it takes 2 hours to get up to Three Rivers trail head, so we'd get there at 8? Do you have a better sense of the times?

    August 16, 2011

  • Samat

    @Tim: Yeah, I'd like to go from Three Rivers to Ski Apache/Sierra Blanca, it's some 17 mi and over 5000 ft elevation gain (i.e. fun!). I do think it's doable in a day (one-way). Likewise for the other direction. With so little notice I'm hesitant about setting up a larger trip w/ car camping, key swapping, etc...

    August 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think starting at the ski lodge and going up the crest trail to 3 rivers would be an amazing hike. I've gone up and went to Sierra Blanca summit, but never turned right and went towards 3 rivers. It'd be a little of a hassle, but if you couldn't get 2 groups you could leave a car at 3 rivers campground and then drive up to the ski lodge and car camp the night before. I can't go though as I'm working this weekend :/

    August 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    If your thinking of going to Sierra blanca from 3 rivers thats 5580ft above where you start, and im guessing around 18 miles if you were to go point to point and finish at the ski lodge parking lot. Probably more like a 2 day hike I would guess

    August 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    What other end are you considering? I've done the big bonita trail a few weeks ago, it meets up with 3 rivers trail at the crest trail. That would be close to 11 miles. Going downhill on 3 rivers trail is a lot easier, took about 1/2 the time it took going up. If your feeling adventurous you can summit white horse hill which is right at the top when you get to the crest trail, the views while your walking around white horse hill on the crest trail are definitely worth it imo.

    August 16, 2011

  • Samat

    Is anyone up for doing that? I don't know the trail well enough to recommend it... AFAIK going downhill is *much* harder.

    August 16, 2011

  • Cesar G

    After you mentioned it that one day, I thought about maybe have two groups start at opposite ends. Swap cars in Tularosa, then swap keys on the trail.

    August 16, 2011

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