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Fresnal Canyon Rails-to-Trails

Intermediate
 3.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

8.9

Miles

14.4

KM

Out and Back

6,404' 1,952 m

High

5,697' 1,736 m

Low

767' 234 m

Up

767' 234 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly This trail is not too difficult to hike and has historic features such as a railroad trestle for the family to enjoy.

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.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Borer with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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Photos

Salado Canyon Connector
Oct 14, 2019 near La Luz, NM
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
Grandview Trail (T130) scrubland
Jun 5, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Grandview Trail (T130) viewpoint
Jun 5, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Lookout structure on Grandview Trail (T130)
Jun 5, 2020 near La Luz, NM

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Apr 6, 2019
mi ke
9.8mi — 3h 11m
Oct 6, 2018
Dusty Deen
Aug 19, 2017
Jean-Claude Linossi
Only hiked section of the trail, to the waterfall and the railroad trestle. Nice views . 4.5mi — 2h 15m