Rim Trail Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 3,088' 941 m
Descent: -3,088' -941 m
High: 9,282' 2,829 m
Low: 8,348' 2,544 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
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“The crown jewel trail of the Sacramento Ranger District.”— Mark Wancho
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.
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Land Manager: USFS - Lincoln National Forest Office