Hiking Project Logo

Sitting Bull Falls Loop Trail

Difficult

Trail

9.9 mile 15.9 kilometer loop
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,782' 543 m
Descent: -1,785' -544 m
High: 5,597' 1,706 m
Low: 4,553' 1,388 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Jason Wheat

A large loop encircling the recreational area passing through each trail junction and overlook connection.

Jason Wheat

Features Cave · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

This hike features ridge traverses and canyon scrambles threading through picturesque semi-desert terrain and vegetation including prickly pear, cholla, juniper, algerita and cottonwood. Hikers will enjoy a diversity of trails consisting of smooth creekside hiking, high rocky trail, and a bit of forest service road.

Description

This large loop encompasses the Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area. It includes T.68, T.214, T.217, FSRD 525, and T.226.

Starting at the parking area at Jct. A, the trail ascends 0.6 miles to Jct. B, with an optional route to Queen, NM TH or a 2.7 mi loop through Jct. C and returning back to Jct. B. The Jct. B-C-D loop is very nice with a trek deep in the canyon and returning along the ridge.

T.217 from Jct. D-E is a 1.1 mile technical ascent out of the canyon cresting at the Overlook Trail (T.215). Take the overlook or continue on the easily tunable Forrest Service Road 525, return northerly and at the end of the ridge the trail will exit the road to the left and descend into the canyon toward White Oaks Spring.

At the spring, the trail is overgrown, but follow the spring downstream toward Jct. F / Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226). Here is a very nice creek-side camping spot. Continue down the canyon on Last Chance Canyon Trail (T.226) to return to the main park road and Jct. G parking or continue a short distance further on to Jct A Main parking.

The trail is a very technical hike. It is well marked with signage at all junctions and cairns are frequent.

Contacts

Rate This Hike

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Hike

Check In

Check-Ins

May 24, 2020
Conor O
5mi
Mar 1, 2020
Jennifer Watson
Dec 29, 2019
Christopher Thomson
Apr 7, 2019
Cynthia Lobatos

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 5 votes

#2253

Overall
  4.4 from 5 votes
5 Star
40%
4 Star
60%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Hike Rankings

#23

in New Mexico

#2,253

Overall
164 Views Last Month
2,461 Since Dec 20, 2017
Difficult

0%
0%
20%
0%
80%
0%

Photos

White Oak's Canyon
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM
White Oaks Spring
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Sitting Bull Falls
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM
Last Chance Canyon T226
Jan 16, 2019 near Whites…, NM
Unnamed / Unknown monoliths
Dec 20, 2017 near Whites…, NM

0 Comments