Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail Loop

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Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately 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
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
770 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

rails trails

trail running

walking

forest

views

hiking
20 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Took my 5 and 3 year old. Took it slow. 5 year old did good, but 3 year old couldn't hang.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

the trails are well marked and easy to follow. I went on a sunday morning and the trail wasn't too congested with pedestrian traffic.

it was a good hike down to the trestle. the way back was slightly more difficult but there are some benches for you to stop and take a break.

I wish there were more scenic views but that is my only complaint.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Wide trails, very scenic and beautiful views, lots of history happened on the Mexican trestle it was nice to see in person

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

First hike of the trip...and it was beautiful!

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Given the reviews, I found this hike really underwhelming. It's a nice walk through the trees. I wouldn't call the views amazing. You can look down the Canyon out to white sands, but only a bit of the horizon is visible. The Canyon is well forested, but there are houses visible, and you're also close enough to the highway that traffic noise is noticeable through 2/3 of the hike. The trail is well kept and well marked.

If you're going to do this hike, I would start by taking the loop east (clockwise on a map). That way you have a long downhill, followed by a short steep-ish set of switchbacks to the trestle, then back to the parking lot. The trestle is the "climax" of the hike, so if you do it the other way, you see the big sight in 1/4 mile, and are left with a long uphill climb back to the parking lot. This also puts the Canyon views to your back.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views!

2 months ago

Amazing views

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Wow, what a beautiful hike this is! We had done several hikes in Ruidoso, but this one near Cloudcroft was the most beautiful. For the most part you hike under this shaded forest canopy. Although you can at times hear the cars on the near highway, the breeze and birds are always around you. When you finally reached the old Mexican train trestle, you have a pleasant and close view of the work that took place years ago.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago