Osha Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cloudcroft, New Mexico 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 best used 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.
Went up to the Osha trail with my sister and we were both disappointed as the trail is heavily rock strewn. I am talking large rocks. Very treacherous footing and difficult to enjoy the scenery as we were always watching our footing. There are much better and more scenic trails in this area.
This was a very enjoyable hike, with lots of variance in terrain. Love the rocks, the overlooks, the narrow passes, the variety of plants and trees, even some places of ice and snow.
We are pretty experienced hikers and would definitely not rate this as an "easy" hike. The elevation, along with several extended uphill climbs, call for a degree of fitness that we would describe as moderate. The wear and tear on the trail made it appear as if most people hike to the first overlook and then return to the parking lot. That could be considered easy.
However, if one takes the entire 2.9 loop, we believe that it should be rated moderate. Climbing over downed trees and traversing narrow stretches that trace the top of steep valley rims are further evidence of the need for a moderate label.
Trekking poles are strongly suggested and solid footwear.
Great views and definitely good for the family!
We did it in winter, close to Christmas
3/4 of loop had ice, you will need a walking stick.
Nice trail, it will benefit from more signs.
It is a very nice trail for the hole family. Many spots for making photos or to take a break. Great with dogs and kids. There are no pokestops on trail, but many pokemons.
easy trail for the whole family. the kids had a great open area to play about 1.5 miles in.
great views. multicolor trees.
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.