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High Altitude Race Course is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 1,545 ft Route type Loop

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Trail was created for the High Altitude Bike Shop annual race. Varies from single track to gravel road. Trail is well maintained and technical in some areas. Best uses are mountain biking and hiking. The first two miles of the course are mostly down hill, with some fun technical portions. Keep your center of mass as far back as possible to avoid spilling. The race track will be identified by blue marked trees every fifty meters or so. At about mile 1.5 you'll come to a gate and an large developed camp ground to your right. Go through the gate, and look to your 11 o'clock. You'll see another gate and a single track trail moving up at a gradual incline. Follow this trail up a tough, rocky incline for another half mile or so. At about mile 2 you'll come to a gravel road. Turn left on the gravel road and within 50 meters you'll see the trail fork. Take the right fork, cross over a cattle guard, and move into an easy climb, which continues for about a mile and a half. After crossing a second cattle guard, you'll travel another hundred meters or so to an open meadow. You'll see the single track trail continue to your left as soon as you come into the meadow. The next section is a great down hill. You'll find the trail at about mile 3.75. The meadow is easy to spot. Shortly after mile five you'll come to the end of the down hill section and run into a gravel road. At this point you'll take a sharp left onto another gravel road and move into a brutal mile long climb. Around mile 6.25 you'll run into another cattle guard, the only one along this portion of the trail. You'll see a large draw to your right with a well maintained trail marked as Trail 5688. Follow this trail up the draw for another tough climb. You'll run into three trail intersections along the final portion of the course. At the first intersection you'll see a grassy meadow to your right, with a easily identifiable single track trail. Follow this trail (going left will lead you to a dead end). Within a couple hundred meters of this turn off you'll come to another intersection. Going left will take you back to Cloudcroft along a more direct route. Staying to the right will take you through a short down hill section followed by another tough technical climb, eventually linking in with Osha Trail (Trail 10). The final intersection will be marked with a sign identifying the Osha Trail Head parking lot. Going right will take you to the Osha Trail Head parking lot. Going left will take through a brief, rocky up hill section to another gravel road. Take a right at the gravel road, and then its about another 1/4 mile to Cloudcroft.

Park your vehicle in the Cloudcroft village shopping area. The trail head is less than 1/4 mile from the shops.

http://www.highaltitude.org/

Travel along Highway 70 unitl you reach Cloudcroft Village. Park your vehicle near in the shopping area, in the vicinity of High Atltitude Bike Shop. Once you're on your bike head east to the end of the shops and turn left on Mescalero Ave. Proceed up the hill until you reach a vehicle gate. Go around the gate and follow the dirt road as it curves to the right. Shortly after the road curves you'll come to a fork. Straight ahead you'll see an open construction yard. To your right you will see a hill with an antenna complex at the top. Go up the hill to your right. About ten feet after you take the fork you'll see a small single track on the right. This is the trail head.

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Steph Bunker
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Hiking

Good trail. I hiked it with the intention of checking it out so I can bring my bike out on it next (which I’m glad I did). Not very easy to follow. The trail goes through numerous campgrounds and crosses many other trails. This leads to accidental side missions. I’m glad I had my phone with me to get back on track a few times.

Ashley Guillen
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Hiking

This was an awesome trail with beautiful views! Highly recommend we roughly did 11 miles. I would advise you read the description it really helps don’t forget to turn left before the meadow! Enjoy taking the long route is definitely worth it

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Kelly Speckhart
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Mountain biking

Awesome! Ended up taking a lot of the Osha trail, took a wrong turn, so we ended up at 9.9 miles, 3 hours, took quite a few breaks. It seemed like a lot of downhill and then a lot of uphill. It was a lot of fun. My first time riding in the mountains.

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Jason Ellinger
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Mountain biking

Hit check point in 42 mins

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Aubrey Prado
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Jenn Sprecher
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Hiking

Awesome trail! I jogged it, a little muddy in spots - but otherwise great! The description was quite helpful. If you’ve never done it, those directions are essential!! Only thing I would add, is that the trail goes left BEFORE the meadow. If you are in the meadow, you’ve gone too far. I took screenshots of the directions before I left, in case there wasn’t service - and in a few sections, there isn’t, so I would have the map and directions saved. And like I said, they were very helpful. Would recommend this one

Kevin Baker
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Hiking

Fun trail. Everyone said we did it backward. If that is true, then I would recommend you also do it backward if you are hiking it. There is a long rocky dirt road along the trail. Far better to go down that road, as it is long, hot, and rocky.

Bryce Dick
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Hiking

Great hike!!!! Loved it!!!!! Perfect length, and well marked in most areas. Bring water and a sweatshirt.

Daniel Crossland
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Hiking

This was a really fun trail. Kinda early in the season. There were a lot of fallen trees making the trail kinda hard to follow, but all in all great time!

Jaime Camacho
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Nice beautiful trail perfect weather and best brontosaurus ribs

Alejandro Fernandez
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Wonderfull

Richard J C Powell
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Tough challenge on my MTB....but good fun

Kerry C.
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Hiking

Trailhead was difficult to find (I am not sure we actually ever found it) but we made our way back to intercept the trail. Most of this hike was on actual trail - no roads except though campgrounds. Equal amounts of forest cover and exposure. We cut off the northern section to shorten our route a little. Part of this trail shares sections of the Osha Trail and the Pines Trail (a forest road).

Nick Baker
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Hiking

Nice trail!

Mrs. Mrs. Butler
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This was a good trail even if we took our bikes the wrong way by accident. it's well known and a lot of people. so for those first timer you won't get lost.

Angelica M.
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Hiking
First to Review

LOVED this hike! Saw deer, chipmunks, turkeys, hummingbirds, rabbits, and elk. Tip: don't actually go INTO the first meadow like the directions state. We did and wound up about 2 miles off the the real trail. When you can see the meadow, and you're at the treeline look for a very sharp left turn (you form a V). The rest of the directions follow to a tee once you get on that trail.

Melissa Kuhn
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Michelle Cottingham
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Karen Rodriguez
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Jenna Kubena
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Kelly Speckhart
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Erica Tippin
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LUcas Rael
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Chris Hogue
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Dominic Baruelo
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Kris Meier
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Stephanie Ratcliffe
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holly radke
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Adrian Ortiz
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Rob Morrisey
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