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Rim Trail Mile 22 - 27, NM
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Rim Trail Mile 22 - 27, NM 
Rim Trail Mile 22 - 27, NM
 
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2020
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Hiking9.42 Miles 2,076 AEG
Hiking9.42 Miles   5 Hrs   40 Mns   1.81 mph
2,076 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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On our second day in Cloudcroft Ginny and I hiked 5 more miles of the 30 mile Rim Trail from about mile 27 to mile 22 and back, making for a 10 mile hike. This section of trail was a bit different from the previous sections of the trail in that it followed along what used to be a jeep road. The road is all but gone but the wide trail still exists. Since it was an old jeep trail, it does what jeep trails tend to do, get to the top of hills by a straight up frontal attack instead of using switchbacks. We started out at about 8200 feet and the high point was at 9000 feet going over 5 small peaks. Each Peak climbed meant going back down a couple 100 feet then climbing up the next higher peak. This is a really rocky trail and by the end of this hike we were both pretty wiped out. The scenery was not quite as nice as the previous sections of this trail but the views were still spectacular. To the West was Tularosa Basin with the White Sands and Organ Pipe Mountains and to the southeast we could see Guadalupe Peak which is the Highest Point in Texas. At the turn around point we arrived at the place Ginny and I turned around on our hike last November when we hiked from Sunspot Telescope. After a short break we headed back repeating what we did coming in except in the opposite direction. Nice weather with temps in the low 70’s and Pizza when we got back to Cloudcroft.

We started at the posted Rim Trail crossing of the West Side Road, FR 90, along the Sun Spot Highway. The trail starts out with a couple hundred foot rocky climb to the first small peak and then repeats this pattern 4 more times. This is a south facing slope so even with temps in the 70’s it can be a bit warm. There are sections where the trail goes through mainly ponderosa pine forest for some relief from the sun but not from the rocky trail. There are some really nice meadows along this trail but running water is scarce since it tends to sink in the ground rapidly after a rain. I only saw one elk on this hike but if hiked earlier in the morning you would probably see much more because their tracks were everywhere. After finishing this hike we have about 5 miles left to do to finish up the rim trail, 1.4 near Sun Spot Telescope and 2.5 on the far southern end. For you more hardier hikers this 30 mile trail could be done in one day as a one way hike. Two days if you want to see what it looks like in the reverse direction.
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