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LINCOLN NATIONAL FOREST
The Sacramento Mountains district of the Lincoln National Forest is located in the Southeast section of New Mexico between the Tularosa Basin to the west and the Pecos River Basin to the East. Cloudcroft is the largest town along Highway 82 at the crest of the mountains. Up between 8 and 9000 feet, this is a perfect summer getaway or an excellent area for winter sports. The forests are composed of Douglas Fir, Ponderosa pine, Aspen, and Oak. There is a wide range of wildlife, including Deer, Elk, and Bear. Cloudcroft is a popular recreational site for many kinds of activities, including camping and hiking. There are over 100 miles of hiking trails within 30 miles of Cloudcroft, many of which are along old logging roads, railroad grades, and existing old trails. Views from the ridges of the Sacramento Mountains over the Tularosa Basin are superb, assuming the weather conditions permit.
SCHOFIELD/TAYLOR CANYON TRAIL #T5007D
The Schofield/Taylor Canyon Trail #T5007D is a short 0.2-mile trail that is a shortcut between the Schofield Trail #T5007A and the Schofield/Taylor Canyon Trail #T5007C. On the east end of the trail are the junctions with the Shortcut Trail #T5007B and the Schofield/Taylor Canyon Trail #T5007C. On the west end is the Schofield Canyon Trail #T5007A. This trail follows along the upper Schofield Canyon, where the Schofield Trail leaves the canyon to climb up on the ridge above Schofield Canyon. There is not much to say about such a short trail, but the 0.2-mile trail along an old jeep/logging road is scenic, as many of the trails in this area are. Access to this trail would be the Schofield Canyon Trail, but I don’t know why anyone would want to access this trail. This is one of those trails you take because you happen to be in the area. This trail and the Shortcut Trail #5007B are available when planning loop hikes in this area.
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