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Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail (T5002)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (3)

Enjoy the views of Mexican Canyon and the basin as you descend on the old Cloudcroft Hwy.


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2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

90%

Runnable

8,583' 2,616 m

High

7,700' 2,347 m

Low

0' 0 m

Up

883' 269 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Trestle Recreation Area hours are 9 am to sundown.

Runner Notes

Trestle Recreation Area trails are all great trails for running and can be combined for some longer runs including the Rails-to-Trails race course.

Description

This trail begins at the southeast corner of the Trestle Recreation Area in Cloudcroft. Follow the trail signs for T5002. You'll begin on a doubletrack section above Toboggan Canyon with great views of the basin. Getting into the Ponderosa pines, you'll continue the descent on mixed trail passing old railroad trestles. Eventually, this route will come to an end at the pedestrian bridge that passes over Hwy 82.

Runners looking for a good loop option can add the Switchback Trail (T5004) to the end of this route to extend the journey.

Flora & Fauna

Ponderosa pine forest with plenty of wildlife.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Borer

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#4

in Cloudcroft

#10007

Overall
  4.0 from 3 votes
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Trail Rankings

#4

in Cloudcroft

#160

in New Mexico

#10,007

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Photos

Snowshoeing after 12-15" of fresh snow fell on the mountain.
Jan 21, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Trail overpass at Highway 82
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Looking west from the trail
Jun 23, 2018 near La Luz, NM

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