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Fresnal Canyon Rails-to-Trails

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

8.9 mile 14.4 kilometer out and back
98% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 767' 234 m
Descent: -767' -234 m
High: 6,404' 1,952 m
Low: 5,697' 1,736 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

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A link-up of three doubletrack sections of the Rails-to-Trails repurposed railroad bed in Fresnal Canyon.

Eric Borer

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

Linking the Salado Canyon Trail (T128), Bridal Veil Falls Trail (T129), and Grandview Trail (T130) to create a mild 9-mile route with 100% navigable terrain that provides great exposure to the beautiful high desert canyon. This cruiser allows the feet to take over and the eyes to wander.

Need to Know

Parking is limited to 3-4 cars. Moderate use to heavier on the weekends. The falls are a popular place for visitors. There is a creek crossing just before/after the falls. You'll cross Fresnal Canyon Rd to continue onto the Grandview Trail when you hit the Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead.

Runner Notes

This run can be taken in reverse by starting at Grandview Trail and running down the canyon first and back up.

Description

This route is an out-and-back on mostly gravel doubletrack. There are one or two short, moderate climbs on singletrack. The trail link-up includes a railroad trestle over a stream, creek crossing just before Bridal Veil Falls and some great views of the basin and surrounding canyons. The trails are well established and are easy to follow. With few obstacles and mostly gravel, you can cruise up and back down this one.

Flora & Fauna

High desert pinon and juniper as well as some scrub oak and cottonwoods near the water. Deer, cattle, hawks, rabbits, and rattlesnakes.

History & Background

The history of the Cloud Climbing Railway can be found here.

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Photos

A woman and her dog head west from Bridal Veil Falls chasing the sunset.
Jan 8, 2017 near La Luz, NM
This trestle lives below the Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead.
Dec 8, 2016 near La Luz, NM
The Salado Canyon Trailhead is easy to find off of Fresnal Canyon Rd.
Jan 8, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Bridal veil falls.
Mar 14, 2018 near La Luz, NM
Looking west from the trail
Mar 14, 2018 near La Luz, NM
View of railroad trestle.
Mar 14, 2018 near La Luz, NM

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