Sunspot Trail to Cathy Canyon and Rim Trail Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Sunspot Trail to Cathy Canyon and Rim Trail Loop is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sunspot, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 miles
859 feet

dogs on leash



nature trips



1 month ago

Good hike through the pine forest. This route combines a couple different trails so be mindful of the intersections. Moderate is accurate, the trail itself can be narrow at times and the only annoying thing is the ice and small rocks to navigate on, but this is a problem only for winter months.

About 2/3rds through there is a split off to climb Cathey peak where there is a great view at 9700ft looking down that valley, it adds about .5 miles to the hike and worth it.

6 months ago

Great hike partial views of tularosa valley and white sands. Return loop from Cathy overlook is special

7 months ago

This was a great hike. Mostly tree coved with a beautiful meadow shortly before the loop begins.

Lots of opportunity for wildlife and forest sounds.

A few areas of large loose rock on the accents/descents which I don't care to hike on but with the slope angle it is understandable why that material is there.