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Best trails in Cloudcroft

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Looking for a great trail near Cloudcroft, New Mexico? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in White Sands National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Zenith Park. Ready for some activity? There are 13 moderate trails in Cloudcroft ranging from 2.5 to 12.4 miles and from 5,734 to 9,563 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Cloudcroft
Top trails (20)
#1 - Osha Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Beautiful trail through a fir forest with nice views of white sands from the western rim. Show more
#2 - Bridal Veil Falls & Grand View Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Restored trestle, desert stream, riparian wildlife, 45 foot waterfall, and trestle ruins. Start at the Salado Canyon Trestle trailhead and follow the trail to the right for 1.5 miles. You will arrive at a steep stairway, continue for another mile through a maze gate and you will hear the falls. Continue on past the falls for 3.5 miles to the Grand View trailhead. You can go back the way you came or walk down the paved road to your car.Show more
#3 - Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail Loop
Zenith Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
#4 - Lucas Canyon Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 11 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
#5 - Little Apache Trail
Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
#6 - Willie White Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 9.8 mi • Est. 5 h 32 m
#7 - Fir and Little Apache Loop Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
Beautiful, well-marked loop trail combining the Fir Trail and Little Apache Trail. Begin at the Fir Trailhead. This is an enjoyable and pleasant walk in the middle of the forest of pine and aspen trees. There are small blue signs in the shape of a diamond on the trees along the path that make it easy to follow the route. Show more
#8 - Rim Trail: Trailhead 1 to Trailhead 4 Loop
Cloudcroft, New Mexico
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 5 h 57 m
#9 - Rim Trail: Sections 1 and 2
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 20.9 mi • Est. 10 h 49 m
This trail combines sections 1 and 2 of the Rim Trail (T105). The Rim Trail is located in the Sacramento Mountains and was the first to be designated as National Recreation Trail in New Mexico; its length is 30.5 miles and is divided into 3 sections. Section 1, of 11 miles, ends at Karr Canyon Rd; Section 2, of 9.9 miles, ends at Sunspot Hwy; Section 3 ends at Sacramento River Rd. Sections 1 and 2 are the most popular and passes through beautiful landscapes with pine and fir trees, quaking aspens and green meadows. It is a great experience to walk the two sections, although it is a long walk, it has wonderful views, during the fall time the aspen and maples offer incredible autumn colors. But if you do not want to do the whole trip, there are several access places with parking that allow you to make shorter trips. Bring enough water and wear proper hiking boots, come prepared because there are no facilities but the trail is wonderful! Show more
#10 - High Altitude Race Course
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
Trail was created for the High Altitude Bike Shop annual race. Varies from single track to gravel road. Trail is well maintained and technical in some areas. Best uses are mountain biking and hiking. The first two miles of the course are mostly down hill, with some fun technical portions. Keep your center of mass as far back as possible to avoid spilling. The race track will be identified by blue marked trees every fifty meters or so. At about mile 1.5 you'll come to a gate and an large developed camp ground to your right. Go through the gate, and look to your 11 o'clock. You'll see another gate and a single track trail moving up at a gradual incline. Follow this trail up a tough, rocky incline for another half mile or so. At about mile 2 you'll come to a gravel road. Turn left on the gravel road and within 50 meters you'll see the trail fork. Take the right fork, cross over a cattle guard, and move into an easy climb, which continues for about a mile and a half. After crossing a second cattle guard, you'll travel another hundred meters or so to an open meadow. You'll see the single track trail continue to your left as soon as you come into the meadow. The next section is a great down hill. You'll find the trail at about mile 3.75. The meadow is easy to spot. Shortly after mile five you'll come to the end of the down hill section and run into a gravel road. At this point you'll take a sharp left onto another gravel road and move into a brutal mile long climb. Around mile 6.25 you'll run into another cattle guard, the only one along this portion of the trail. You'll see a large draw to your right with a well maintained trail marked as Trail 5688. Follow this trail up the draw for another tough climb. You'll run into three trail intersections along the final portion of the course. At the first intersection you'll see a grassy meadow to your right, with a easily identifiable single track trail. Follow this trail (going left will lead you to a dead end). Within a couple hundred meters of this turn off you'll come to another intersection. Going left will take you back to Cloudcroft along a more direct route. Staying to the right will take you through a short down hill section followed by another tough technical climb, eventually linking in with Osha Trail (Trail 10). The final intersection will be marked with a sign identifying the Osha Trail Head parking lot. Going right will take you to the Osha Trail Head parking lot. Going left will take through a brief, rocky up hill section to another gravel road. Take a right at the gravel road, and then its about another 1/4 mile to Cloudcroft. Show more
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