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Zinker Canyon Trail T5660

Intermediate
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Lightly trafficked doubletrack trail through Zinker Canyon in Lincoln National Forest.


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3.8

Miles

6.0

KM

Point to Point

9,164' 2,793 m

High

8,041' 2,451 m

Low

1,143' 348 m

Up

47' 14 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The east 3/4 of the trail is wide, flat and family friendly for even small children. The west end is fairly steep and is probably best left to more experienced families.

Parking is available at east trailhead along Dry Canyon Road, but on the west end you must park at the start of FSR 162A Wofford Extension and hike to Wofford Lookout to start the trail.

Need to Know

Trail is open to dirt bikes and horseback riding. One will occasionally seen OHVs and ATVs, although they are technically not allowed.

Description

The Zinker Canyon Trail is an intermediate difficulty 3.8 mile (one way) doubletrack trail along closed Lincoln National Forest FSR roads in Zinker Canyon. The trail runs from Dry Canyon Road on the east to the Wofford Lookout on the west. It intersects with the FSR 162A Wofford Extension trail on the west, allowing a 4.5 mile one way hike. The eastern side of the trail has a gradual incline that runs through open portions of the canyon, while the western 1.5 miles is more protected by trees with a moderate incline. Zinker Canyon is home to several bands of wild horses, and they can often be seen in open areas near the mid point of the trail if one hikes fairly quietly.

Flora & Fauna

Evergreen and aspen trees, wildflowers, birds, squirrels, deer, elk, wild horses, butterflies and moths.

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Brent Smith

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Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM
Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM
Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM
Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM
Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM
Zinker Canyon Trail T5660
Jun 20, 2020 near Mescalero, NM

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Jun 14, 2020
Brent Smith