It Is An Official Trail!!
If you are in the Cloudcroft area and want to enjoy a nice shady stroll, or a tabled picnic... without having to pay the crazy day fee... You should check out this odd little trail.
Designed as a Braille trail, it is bordered by 6x6 finished foot rails the entire length... on both sides. There are signs in Braille to aid the vision handicapped; they can use the foot rails to maneuver the trail, including a variety of short side branches, and the various benches and picnic tables.
This very little used trail sits just outside of one of the areas pay campgrounds... one of those that are currently charging that per day use fee. Take advantage of the free tables found all around this simple, shaded loop instead!
Situated at 9,000' the area stays as cool as it gets up on the mountain, and the paved road access provides for an easy drive in. The road is not maintained in the winter.
The parking lot is also a good staging area for mountain biking in the nearby Pumphouse Ridge road system... that gravel road system being just next to this trailhead.
You can walk this loop in ten minutes... but, instead take your time and enjoy these tree covered moments.
Seeing Eye Dogs Encouraged!
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.