Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail 5001

Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico

Distance1.2mi
Elevation Gain667ft
Trailhead Elevation8,318ft
Top8,598ft
Elevation Min/Max8318/8598ft
Elevation Start/End8318/8335ft

Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail 5001

Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail (5001) is a hiking trail in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. It is within Lincoln National Forest. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 8,318 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 667 feet. This trail connects with the following: Trail 5001b, Trail 5001c, Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail (5002) and Village Spur Trail (5001A).

Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail (5001) Professional Reviews and Guides

"A short day hike that goes to two large, historic wooden railroad trestles.

The hike starts at the back side of the parking lot, the opposite side from the replica of the old Cloudcroft railroad depot. A sign marked “Village Spur” indicates the start. Follow the trail about 100 feet to a junction. Go right, downhill through the woods. The trail hits the old railroad grade in less than 0.3 mile. Turn right, and follow it downhill as marked. There is a good view of White Sands from a bench by a rock cut called the Devil’s Elbow by the railroad crews. It was one of many cuts built with lots of hard physical labor, draft animals, and black powder."

Cloud-Climbing Trestle Trail (5001) Reviews

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6/24/2018
Very pretty hike starting at the restored train depot. The trail is not too steep and there are great views along the way.
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10/6/2009
Caught some beautiful fall color on the hike. Fun little hike to see some railroad history.
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8/13/2007
very easy trail to hike and a good "get away for the day" trip that doesn't take up the whole day. Good trail for children and dogs!
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Trail Information

Lincoln National Forest
Nearby City
Lincoln National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Views
Features
Lincoln National Forest, PO Box 288, Cloudcroft, NM 88317; (575) 682-2551
Local Contacts
Trestle Recreation Area brochure; Lincoln National Forest; Cloudcroft and High Rolls 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018