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 Grand View Trail #130, NM
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 Southeast, NM
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Difficulty 0.5    Route Finding
Distance Round Trip 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,209 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 207 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.44
Interest Ruins & Historic
Course Loop Hike
Author imike
Descriptions 253
Routes 0
Photos 4,444
Trips 1,670 map ( 14,463 miles )
Age 65
Location Cloudcroft, NM
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Trailhead Forecast
Historical Weather
Forest Lincoln
Backpack - No
Seasons - Early Autumn to Late Spring
Official Route
Alternative Routes
Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
0.6  Salado Canyon (#130)
1.1  West Side Rd... Forest Road 90
1.9  Dry Canyon Trail #5574
1.9  Dry Canyon Buttes
1.9  Dry Canyon Trail - Lower
2.0  Winter Peak
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High and Wide...
by imike

One of the ambitious goals of the local New Mexico Rails to Trails Association is to reclaim the old railway bed from Alamogordo up to Cloudcroft (Sacramento Mountain Railway) as a multi-use access trail system. This section is one of those completed segments. While it is an isolated part, it does lay claim to broad and open views of the Tularosa Basin and the San Andreas Mountains in the far distance. The route follows a big horseshoe loop, passing over some of the old original wooden drainage culverts and around various collapsed trestle structures.

The Association has set up some trailside information displays, along with a covered hut out midway through the hike. The ridge overlooks Fresnal Canyon, the route the train followed in the lower reaches of it's climb up the mountain.

This is a very easy hike, staying primarily on the old railway grade, except for the final portion of the loop, which is taken along the road (FR 162C) back to the start of the trail. The parking is very limited at the trailhead, but it is not uncommon throughout these mountains to simply park alongside and on the road.

Immediately opposite the trailhead for the Grandview Trail, is the Grandview Spur Trail... continuing on down into Salado Canyon and potentially connecting to the lower section of T130, the Salado Canyon trail. At this time, the connection is sketchy, requiring some off trail bushwhacking down and around into the deeper canyon, but the Association will likely make improvements to this .3 mile spur over the coming years. Salado Canyon is a more dramatic section with a year round water flow, including pools and waterfall, and a completely restored train trestle included as part of the path.

For a fun and easy picnic hike, or for a little addition to a nice mountain bike ride down the mountain, this trail fits the bill.


Directions Preferred Months Oct Nov Feb Mar
Water / Source:no
Preferred StartAny Cell Phone SignalHigh Points Sunrise5:56am Sunset6:21pm
Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
Fees / Permit

To hike
From Highrolls, on Hiway 82 between Alamogordo and Cloudcroft, just east of the convenience store, turn north onto Cherry Way and follows this paved road a short distance to Cottage Row (County rd 060), turning left and following this paved road half a mile to Fresnal Canyon Rd (FR 162C)(county rd 060). Turn right and follow this road less than half mile to a cattle guard, then another one tenth of a mile to the upper trailhead (not well signed), then another four tenths of a mile to the well marked trailhead on the left.
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