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.
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."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
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