Please see note below about water!
We'll be heading to the White Mountains for this loop trip, about 15 miles north of Ruidoso. These mountains are beautiful with cool canyons and large meadows along the crest which allow for spectacular views. We'll be taking the Big Bonito trail #36, the Little Bonito trail #37 and then the Crest trail #25 to reach Argentina Spring where we will camp up on the ridge with spectacular views for the night. The next day we'll take the Argentina Canyon trail #39 back to the trailhead and our waiting vehicles.
You will be able to RSVP for this trip starting April 1, 2013
If you RSVP "Yes" for this trip please plan on attending.
Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section.
Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release Form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our Files section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.
The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is April 26, 2013
Trip Dates: May 10 (Fri evening) thru May 12 (Sunday hike out)
Drive Time to Trailhead & Camping Area: 2 hr 45 min from ABQ
Trailhead & Camping Area Location: Take I-25 south to San Antonio and take exit 139 to US 380 east. Continue 65 miles through Carrizozo, then another 8 miles to SR 37 south (to Nogal). Continue on SR 37 south for 12 miles and look for Forest Road 107 (which is also county road C-009) and turn right. There is a sign for Bonito Lake at this turn. Continue down the narrow road and at 5 miles you'll pass the turnoff for South Fork Campground. Continue another 5 miles or so beyond this turnoff (staying on FR 107) and you will come to the end of the road. This is where the dispersed camping is and where we'll be. Look for our Meetup sign indicating our camp area. Passenger cars can easily make it to the camp area.
Please Note: There is no water available at this camp area (Friday night) and because of the dry conditions this winter there is no water available at our backcountry camp Saturday night. The last report I got was a totally dry spring and a dry creek for at least the first mile or so down the canyon. I recommend carrying up all the water you will need for Saturday.
Trip Rating: Moderate
Trail Length: 3 miles Saturday, 3 miles Sunday, 6 miles total (with option for day hikes)
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Elevation Range: 7,800 ft to 9,100 ft
Expected Temps: Highs in 70's, lows in upper 40's to 50's
Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!
Contact Bob F with any questions