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Cloud Climbing Trestle Trail (T5001)

Intermediate
 4.1 (8)

The marquee trail in the Trestle Recreation Area that leads to the restored Mexican Canyon Trestle.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

95%

Runnable

8,596' 2,620 m

High

8,409' 2,563 m

Low

56' 17 m

Up

204' 62 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildlife

The Trestle Recreation Area is closed from sundown to 9am.

Runner Notes

This trail can be linked for a longer run to the entire Rails-to-Trails system in Cloudcroft.

The busy season (May-Sept) brings many people to this area that are not as familiar with trail runners or trail etiquette. Be patient, the trails are worth it.

Description

This trail can be accessed by a couple of different points or junctions within the area. To do the trail in its totality, start at the TH of T5001A just east of the recreation area off of Hwy 84.

Following T5001A, you'll come to a junction in which you'll continue right on restored railroad bed. This section skirts Toboggan Canyon and provides great views.

Eventually turning north, you'll enter the pines and switchback down toward one more doubletrack section before arriving at the restored trestle that spans the canyon.

Flora & Fauna

Deer and other forest critters. Elk and black bear are possible but usually stay further out from town.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Borer with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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  4.1 from 8 votes

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Photos

Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.
Feb 2, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Snowshoeing after 12-15" of fresh snow fell on the mountain.
Jan 21, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle after recent repairs
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Looking west from the overlook with White Sands on the horizon.
Jun 23, 2018 near La Luz, NM
View from Devil's Elbow Overlook
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Walking west on the trail.
Sep 4, 2019 near La Luz, NM

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