Osha Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Beautiful trail through a fir forest with nice views of white sands from the western rim.
beautiful views for a short trail
Osha Trail is really meant to be a place for the whole family. It is easy and beautiful. It is very simple to reach. On US 82 highway, just before you arrive to the town of Cloudcroft NM, you will see the parking lot sign. The trail is marked as 2.1 miles long and the altitude gain is around 300 ft. You start climbing at the entrance of the trail until you reach an intersection. Not matter if you go right or left, just follow the signs and you will return to the same place later. Just be aware that part of the trail is shared with the one that goes to the Pines Campground. The reward is the lush forest of fir, aspen, pine and maple that you will encounter. The trail was named after the osha plant, an ancient medicinal herb (Chuchupaztle in Spanish). Being so close to town makes this trail very crowded. Some rain and a light thunder storm was part of the adventure at the end of the walk.
This was a fun trail! A really pretty meadow at one point. My dog loved it!
We did this without even knowing, because it's connected to another trail. Rocky but fun.
A good starter trail to get my feet wet and see how my shoes handle a rocky path. Didn't seem 3.7 miles
awesome views! very cold in the morning though.
Really nice trail. Not overly strenuous. The for trees made for a nice canopy. There were also some nice grassy meadows down near the lowest part of the loop.