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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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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.1

KM

Point to Point

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.

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.

Hikers 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

#11421

Overall
  4.0 from 3 votes
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Trail Rankings

#4

in Cloudcroft

#170

in New Mexico

#11,421

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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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May 22, 2021
Matt Risser
Mar 31, 2019
Bianca McParlane
Jun 23, 2018
Jean-Claude Linossi
Only hiked a section of the trail while in the area. 1mi — 0h 30m
Jul 31, 2017
Joan Willis
May 14, 2017
Danielle Colegrove