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Switchback Trail (T5004)

Intermediate
 4.0 (3)

A great looped trail on old railroad grades and rolling singletrack.


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3.1

Miles

5.0

KM

Point to Point

8,213' 2,503 m

High

7,744' 2,360 m

Low

248' 76 m

Up

468' 143 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

This moderate trail at 8,000 ft elevation is one of the more popular trails in the area. Hiking Switchback can be done both directions depending on the type of outing you are looking for. Mapped out, you'll begin in the middle of the trail if you're starting at the TH off of Bailey Canyon Rd. Continuing south from the north trailhead will give you a few early hills to climb that continue down hill on the old Cloud-Climbing Railway grade. About halfway through, you'll hit the pedestrian bridge, cross Hwy 82, and push on uphill back to the TH on mixed trail, combining this route with the Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail (T5002). Just before returning to the TH, you'll pass under Hwy 82 in a drainage tunnel.

Flora & Fauna

Deer and elk are popular in this area.

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Shared By:

Eric Borer

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#3

in Cloudcroft

#10216

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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#3

in Cloudcroft

#163

in New Mexico

#10,216

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View along Switchback Trail.
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Trail overpass at Highway 82
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Trail underpass crossing Highway 82.
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM

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Oct 24, 2020
Matt Risser
Feb 1, 2020
Stan Hendrix
This hike over historic ground was excellent. Walking the old railroad bed was cool. You can hear the road noise from Hwy 82. We saw wild turkey. 3.8mi
Mar 31, 2019
Bianca McParlane
Mar 14, 2018
Rachel Myers
mostly sunny so prepare to shed layers 3mi
Mar 13, 2018
Rachel Myers
1.3mi