Grindstone Lake Loop

#5 of 28 trails in Lincoln National Forest
Grindstone Lake Loop is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ruidoso, NM that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.8 miles 500 feet Loop
dog friendly hiking mountain biking trail running walking forest lake views wild flowers
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Well maintained trail system located in Lincoln National Forest, less than five minutes outside of Ruidoso, NM The trail head is located in the upper parking lot to Grindstone Lake, and is very easy to find. The trail system generally loops around Grindstone Lake, and includes many miles of new trails that will open in late summer 2013. The seven mile loop begins at the parking lot trail head and follows a smooth, well maintained, single track trail around the lake. There are two excellent down hill sections, several fun switchbacks, and a very few difficult climbs

Toph White
26 days ago

17 Completed8 Reviews

Served for a good trail run with deer, elk and awesome views of Sierra Blanca and the lake/dam

Greg Collins
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Well maintained trail system, well marked , fun single track, some technical switchbacks, but very fun. Some rocky sections, but not long, wildlife too, deer, wild turkey were seen! Overall very fun riding !

Jared Beasley
2 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Nice hiking trail very near the community of Ruidoso. Beautiful views of the lake.

Mike Cantu
4 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Did the hike on Xmas and couldn't have asked for a better day. a little muddy

Fred Aguilar
5 months ago

4 Completed6 Reviews

Fred Aguilar
5 months ago

4 Completed6 Reviews

Loved the scenic run did 7 miles

Teresa Ross
6 months ago

33 Completed32 Reviews

Nice easy trail but a bit boring. The lake is very low but from a fitness standpoint it's good.

Ellen Perricone
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

a nice little hike near town.

Kaley B.
9 months ago

Decent hike, but not much to look at.

Jennifer Nelson
11 months ago

163 Completed81 Reviews

The lake had work being done on it, looks as if it was drained. Very low. The hike wasn't bad, we came across 5-6 bikers and 3 hikers. Didn't like this one as much as other trails in this area.

Justin Smith
1 year ago

6 Completed2 Reviews

Good for jogging and biking. Took me an hr with a dog and slower female hiker. Pretty populated with visitors.