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An easy 1.2-mile (one-way) doubletrack gravel trail through the forest between Sleepy Grass Picnic Area and Campground.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

8,788' 2,679 m

High

8,504' 2,592 m

Low

284' 87 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great for kids, relatively flat, even terrain, and no drop-offs.

Need to Know

Bathrooms and free parking available at Sleepy Grass Picnic Area (north trailhead). Sleepy Grass Campground (south trailhead) is a fee area and free parking may be unavailable unless you are camping there.

Description

Easy, family friendly, 1.2-mile (one way) doubletrack gravel trail through Lincoln National Forest connecting Sleepy Grass Picnic Area and Sleepy Grass Campground. Follows a closed Forest Service road and is well-maintained with small, easily hikeable gravel. Best to park at the Sleepy Grass Picnic Area (north trailhead) and start at the trailhead just past the bathrooms.

It is all (easy) uphill from the picnic area to the campground, and around 0.8 miles you reach a fork in the road with two gates -- go through the wooden one on the left (east) side. The trail then continues to the Sleepy Grass Campground (south trailhead). Can also be done from the campground, but the campground is a fee area and free parking may be unavailable if you are not also camping there.

Flora & Fauna

Evergreen trees, aspen trees, wildflowers, butterflies, birds, elk, deer, squirrels.

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Shared By:

Brent Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#6

in Cloudcroft

#13385

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Trail Rankings

#6

in Cloudcroft

#209

in New Mexico

#13,385

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Sleepy Grass Trail T11
Jun 23, 2019 near La Luz, NM
Beginning of trail.
Sep 7, 2019 near La Luz, NM
Looking northeast on the trail.
Sep 7, 2019 near La Luz, NM
Looking south on the trail.
Sep 7, 2019 near La Luz, NM

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Jul 7, 2024
Drew Rosecrans
Trail run 2.4mi — 0h 30m
Jul 7, 2024
Abigail Cheney
great for a short trail run 2.5mi — 0h 30m
Oct 14, 2023
Scott McMullen
Aug 7, 2021
Matt Risser
Sep 6, 2019
Jean-Claude Linossi
Really liked this trail, easy to walk, great views and an abundance of wildflowers. 2mi — 0h 45m
Jun 22, 2019
Brent Smith
Great hike with our 3 little kids (Ages 5, 3, and 1)! 1.2mi
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