Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail Loop

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Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail Loop is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 705 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

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views

Well maintained and easy hike with lots of shade

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15 days ago

Super pretty and shaded hike.

Very nice trail with a few over looked at the beginning.

I did this with a four year old and he walked all but a half mile. It was a great trail for bringing littles. We missed our turn on the last little bit but 5001B ends at an area currently closed so it all worked out.

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bridge out
2 months ago

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closed
snow
3 months ago

Nice right now! There’s some snow and ice so make sure to take good shoes with grip and some trekking poles. The entrance is closed but we just parked across the entrance

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

snow
5 months ago

hermoso

6 months ago

a few lightly obstructed views and one short trestle. it's a really good short workout, but I wouldn't do it again because there's not much to look at along the way except dense forest. go counterclockwise for a steady uphill on the last half instead of steep ones going clockwise.

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rocky
6 months ago

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7 months ago

Excellent trail. Probably our favorite in Cloudcroft. Highly recommend!

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8 months ago

my recommendation take the trail to the right take the Mexican trestle spur then back to the main trail on down to the bottom once you get to where the trail merges with the switchback trail with a small shelter and maps turn around and go back the way you came unless you like very rocky with very little scenery and very steep uneven walking

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muddy
no shade
rocky
8 months ago

Beautiful! Took a 4 year old with us and she did fine. Great for kids!

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rocky
9 months ago

This was first time trailer in Cloudcroft. Rated as easy, which I agree. First-timer to do trails at all, use caution. All down then up. Great for jogging, sight seeing, enjoying nature. Bring water especially if starting later in day. Morning hike was beautiful, cool breeze and lots of hummingbirds. Lots of lose rocks, wish I'd have packed the hiking or trail shoes that had shark teeth. Get out, go enjoy nature, spend some quality time with kids or significant other!

Got a little confused at first as there are so many trails that branch off, but once you understand the signage (which there’s tons of) it’s easy to get the hang of. Historic, fun hike!

Good trail. Bring water!!!!! Steeper than it looks. Not a flat trail. Storms come in fast

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10 months ago

This was a nice surprise. I was parked in town and this trail showed up as being .4 miles from Dave's Cafe. Be aware that the official trailhead is locked promptly at 6pm, so if you start late in the afternoon, park either in town or at the Spur trail trailhead right off US82. Trail is wide enough for two people and shades. Parts of the trail are rocky. My GPS showed 3.9 miles.

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10 months ago

Fun trail, great to take your out of town guests

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10 months ago

Beautiful trail, heavy traffic on weekends. Very kid friendly, lots of shade and benches to rest. Our kids loved it and were rewarded with the cool view of the trestle when completed. We saw horny toads and snakes and lots of butterflies.

Easy trail. Great for beginners and has nice shade through out the trail. Brought my dog and she did well on the trail.

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Sat Jul 21 2018

Rocky on village side and climbing for last part on rocks. Beginning is easy and nice. Go to Mexican railroad trestle before then follow this. Makes a nice hike.

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Sun Jun 10 2018

Great views and kid friendly!

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Sun Apr 22 2018

Trail was great and lots of wildlife, trail maps on app are confusing as they do not match trail maps. Example: app says 2.8 miles but the are 8+ miles of trails in this trail system. We were happy with the eight miles!

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