Sunspot Trail to Cathy Canyon and Rim Trail Loop

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Sunspot Trail to Cathy Canyon and Rim Trail Loop is a 6.2 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.

6.2 miles
836 feet

dogs on leash


nature trips


bird watching


6 months ago

Nice shady hike with plenty of tree cover. In terms of scenery, its nothing epic as the trees block the views most of the way but this is a great escape on a hot day. We barely saw anyone so it was very peaceful and our dogs had a blast running off leash.

Monday, February 05, 2018

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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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.

4 months ago

9 months ago

recorded Sunspot to Cathey Peak

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10 months ago

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Monday, July 03, 2017