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Rim Trail Out-and-Back

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23.2 Miles 37.3 Kilometers

 

93% 

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

3,088' 941 m

Ascent

-3,088' -941 m

Descent

9,282' 2,829 m

High

8,348' 2,544 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

Unknown

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The crown jewel trail of the Sacramento Ranger District.

Mark Wancho

Overview

The Rim Trail is open all year but becomes difficult to run during the winter. Visitors may enjoy cross-country skiing or snowshoeing in the winter.
This section of the Rim Trail from Cloudcroft to Karr Canyon is the most popular segment with easy access from the Villafe of Cloudcroft.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Spring — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Need to Know

This run can be completed as a full 22-mile out-and-back, or runners can leave a retrieval vehicle at one of the access points like the nearby Upper Karr Recreation Area.

Description

To access the trail, take NM130 south .8 miles. Turn left onto FR24B to find the trailhead. Other access points and trailheads can be found along the way.

The trail, which was the first USFS trail in New Mexico to gain the National Recreation Trail designation, is a combination of old homestead trails, logging routes, railroad grades, and Indian paths linked together. Much of the trail is located at elevations around 9,000 ft., so you may have to stop to catch your breath along the way.

This section of the trail has some rolling hills as you'll be gradually and steadily climbing along the way. The majority of the trail heads through shaded stands of pine, fir, and aspen which are particularly scenic during the fall. Along the way, runners will enjoy views of the Tularosa Basin below.

There are some primitive dispersed (road-side) camping sites along the route, mostly where the trail crosses open roads.

Flora & Fauna

Pine, fir, and aspens all dot the way.

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