Southwest of Alpine and Hannagan Meadow, the Ackre Lake Trail is a 3.5 mile one-way route above 9,000 feet out to Ackre Lake. The route was designed with skiers and bikers in mind, but is also heavily used by hikers. This winding path meanders through aspen stands, broad cienegas as well as thick conifer forests. Opportunities to spy elk and deer are endless, as well as a quick glimpse of a bear or woodland hawk. There is also an interpretive brochure for the trail. While it may raise your adrenaline level to go fast, you may want to slow down a little and learn about mixed-conifer ecology and forest management in a high elevation forest.
The cross country ski trailhead is located just south of NFS Hannagan Meadow Campground on US191, 22 miles south of Alpine.
Overall, Ackre Lake Trail is the 2nd most popular cross country ski area of all 11 Nordic ski destinations in Arizona.