for free!
This is likely a great time to hike this trail!  Check out "Prefered" months below, keep in mind this is an estimate.

Osha Loop - Historical, NM

Guide 68 Triplogs  0 Topics
  5 of 5 
no permit
17 68 0
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,467 feet
Elevation Gain 265 feet
Accumulated Gain 320 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 45 min
Kokopelli Seeds 3.6
Backpack No
feature photo
Photos Viewed All MineFollowing
Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
23  2021-06-06
Pines Trail #568
8  2009-05-15 imike
9  2008-12-02 imike
Author imike
author avatar Guides 253
Routes 0
Photos 6,930
Trips 2,467 map ( 21,513 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Cloudcroft, NM
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Radar Map
Expand Map
Preferred Jul, Nov, Mar, Jan
Seasons   ALL
Sun  5:12am - 7:07pm
Official Route
1 Alternative

Hike Bike or Run...
by imike

Likely In-Season!
2013 Note: New reroute at Osha Loop.

Osha Trail (T10) formally includes the 1.8 mile loop designated as Forest Trail 10 plus the .2 mile spur trail section leading down to Hiway 82, where the Trailhead is established. This easy to reach trailhead along the main road leading into Cloudcroft, NM attracts many passerbys... and makes this one of the busier trails in the area. In addition to this basic loop, there are numerous options to expand the mileage along adjacent and connecting trails:

T568... gives a .2 mile connection over to Pines Campground
T568A...connects the Village of Cloudcroft with Pines Campground (and laps over the Osha Trail)
T5688...provides a .5 mile connection over to Forest Road 206C (Bailey Canyon access)

One of the better ways to enjoy this heavily forested loop is to park in town, instead of down at the Trailhead, and walk from Burro Avenue down Mexican Ave/Osha Trail.. splitting to the right when Mexican Ave falls away down the hill. At this point you are walking on one of the old railway grades, now designated T568A. You will soon leave the houses behind. You can drive this first section and park at the barricade .2 miles in, but the parking there is limited. It is better to enjoy the walk in. The Osha trail marker will indicate a left turn about .3 miles from the barricade. Once on the trail simply bear right at all intersections and you will return to your point of origin back on T568A. Or better still, enjoy the options and wander around the other trails... none are very long, most are developed over old timber company railway lines. The maze of wandering trails are all bordered by Forest Road 206C which if reached will take you back to Hiway 82 on it's lower end, or NM244 on it's upper end (then back to 82) effectively connecting to the Village from either end.

These connecting trails are especially nice if you are on your mountain bike... the various and numerous options for explorations provide a diverse outing with only medium level difficulty.

Note: If the Loop is begun at the Trailhead, be aware that the spur connecting up to the loop covers a 30% grade, using numberous log step ups. For a conditioned hiker this is just a fun traverse... but anyone out of shape or with knee problems might want to avoid this hit.

Early mornings provide excellent chances to encounter the numerous elk, deer and the occasional bear... along with a nice grouping of wild turkeys that frequent the meadow midway through the loop.

This hike is an excellent route to enjoy a lively trail run. Done clockwise you will encounter three upgrades, each a bit more difficult than the other. The downhill footing is challenging for running but very doable.

There is a rewarding view of the White Sands playa, 4500' below... and a nice perspective view of the Village of Cloudcroft. Seasonally, wildflowers abound.

Be prepared for people midday, but for the most part you can get a sense of being off and away; like most of the trails in this mountain range... the usage is minimal.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2008-12-02 imike
    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.

    Permit $$

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Hiway 82, between Alamogordo, NM and the Village of Cloudcroft... The Trailhead lies .7 miles outside of Cloudcroft from the intersection of NM 130, with a large parking area alongside the road on the right. This will be approximately 15 miles up Hiway 82 from Alamogordo. The trailhead lies directly across the road from the pulloff view point for the Mexican Canyon Trestle on Hiway 82.
    page created by imike on Dec 02 2008 9:25 am
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills

    end of page marker