Not As Easy As it Looks...
If you are at the Mescalero Apache Indian Casino outside of Ruidoso, and you feel like you need to stretch your legs without making a big production of setting up to hike in the woods, You're in Luck.
Walk out the doors... head to the upper end of the lake... and past all the buildings; cross the road to the upper parking lot (where they park the RV's)... and you will find yourself at the clearly labeled paved walkway.
This is a walking path with exercise/training intervals. You can mix in the pushups... setups... stretches... etc at the assorted workout stations along the trail. Or, just use the course to clock a nice 10K run. If you do the full out and back you will score that distance.
It is not flat. Some mild hills... some steeper hills. All total, it will work you out.
If it has been raining, you're still in luck: Paved the Entire Length!
You will likely have the trail to yourself; it gets very little use. It follows the roadways for its entire length. You will not be off and away, but you are often walking/running under some nicely shaded areas. For some that may be reassuring.
All in all, this is an enjoyable route. If you are there, put it to use!
Winter Time: Snow Covered! Take Your Snowshoes!
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.