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Old Cloudcroft Hiway Trail #5002, NM

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,633 feet
Elevation Gain -885 feet
Accumulated Gain 2 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.51
Interest Seasonal Creek
Backpack No
varies or not certain dogs are allowed
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Preferred   Sep, May, Aug, Jul → 8 AM
Seasons   ALL
Sun  7:04am - 5:25pm
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1 Alternative
Nearby Area Water
Toboggan Canyon (#5003 Power Line Trail)
Toboggan Canyon (#5003 Power Line Trail)
0.0 mi away
6.1 mi
1,110 ft
Village Spur Trail #5001A
0.0 mi away
0.3 mi
69 ft
Overlook Trail #5001B
0.2 mi away
0.2 mi
18 ft
Osha Trail T10
Osha Trail T10
0.3 mi away
2.6 mi
511 ft
Osha Loop - Historical
Osha Loop - Historical
0.3 mi away
2.0 mi
320 ft
Crossover Trail #5001C
0.3 mi away
0.3 mi
20 ft
Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail #5001
Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail #5001
0.4 mi away
1.2 mi
335 ft
Pines Trail #568
0.8 mi away
1.0 mi
62 ft
Pumphouse Ridge
0.9 mi away
8.0 mi
600 ft
Rim Trail #105
0.9 mi away
30.8 mi
4,775 ft
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Model T Drive
by imike

At the turn of the century (...into the 1900's) The Cloud Climbing Railroad (Alamogordo and Sacramento Railway) was placed into service, giving access to the high mountain reaches of the Village of Cloudcrfot, for the logging industry and the growing tourist interests. The alternative approach to reach this mountaintop retreat was Pine Valley Drive, a narrow, winding road cut through the forest and along a natural bench, occasionally augmented by blasting out some of the obscuring cliffside ridge. Long closed down as a roadway, this old path now composes Forest Trail 5002, providing access to a variety of connecting trails in The Cloudcroft area. The lower end of the trail terminates along Hiway 82, connecting with the Switchback Trail (T 5004) at a pedestrian overpass over the Hiway. Unfortunately there is no available parking at that point, so the trail is defined as an up/down loop. More likely, any hike will include any variety of connections with adjacent and connecting trails adding some very interesting variety to the day's outing.

The lower section of the trails drops down through a pleasant meadow area, leaving the dense pine and hardwood forest. Wildfower seasonal arrays can be impressive along this section.

When planning a hike over this route be sure to consider including T5004 (Switchback Trail), T5001 (Cloudclimbing Trestle Trail) and the networks of T5001A, T5001B, and T5001C. These trails include the remnants of the old railway, including the one remaining trestle still standing (Mexican Canyon Trestle) and the ruins of one of the more impressive trestles (S-Curve Trestle) along with a variety of descriptive/informative displays.

This trail begins right in the Village of Cloudcroft. Remember to stock up on fresh baked goods from the Mercantile before you head out.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    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 $$

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    This trailhead is in the Village of Cloudcroft at the intersection of NM 130 and Hiway 82. Park behind the roadside barricade and walk up the hill of the obvious path.
    page created by imike on May 04 2009 6:47 am
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