Osha Trail 10

Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain186ft
Trailhead Elevation8,429ft
Top8,604ft
Elevation Min/Max8429/8604ft
Elevation Start/End8429/8429ft

Osha Trail 10

Osha Trail (10) is a hiking trail in Otero County, New Mexico. It is within Lincoln National Forest. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 8,429 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 186 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Pines Trail (568).

Osha Trail (10) Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Osha Trail is an easy, popular loop hike very convenient to the high mountain town of Cloudcroft. It passes through lush forest of Douglas-fir, aspen, and pine, and offers views of White Sands and the Tularosa Valley to the west. Be sure to take a look at the historic Mexican Canyon railroad trestle across the highway from the trailhead. Its history is described in the Cloud Climbing Rail Trail in this guide.

The Osha Trail starts climbing immediately into thick forest. Not to worry, the first 0.25 mile is the only really steep section of the hike. It levels out considerably when it reaches the start of the loop. Go left. The trail curves around a hillside and soon offers views of Cloudcroft and the highway. It then reaches a bench with views of White Sands far below."

Osha Trail (10) Reviews

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7/25/2018
A popular trail, for good reason :) It is very pretty, a mellow climb, well marked, great scenery, and close to downtown Cloudcroft.
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6/23/2018
Fairly easy trail with very good views and many beautiful wildflowers.
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6/3/2018
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5/16/2018
Beautiful trail and vistas.
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4/15/2013
Nice trail, good views but cold in areas exposed to the winds. Met no one on the trail.
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6/29/2012
Enjoyed this hike. It was not difficult. The vertical climb on the west side (left from the parking lot) was more gradual than the other side. It was a beautiful summer hike to take and would be good for active families!
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12/17/2011
It had snowed earlier in the week so the trail was a bit muddy, but the contrast of snow on one half of the trail and no snow on the other was nice. Beautiful trail to go get lost on (which is possible if you're like me and fail to turn left at the bench by the clearing with the old tires in the middle of it). Very relaxing...the only heavy breathing you might do is on the initial ascent. Bring a camera, the views are amazing.
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3/28/2005
We stayed in Cloudcroft last week of March as part of a Carlsbad/Guadalupe/Las Cruces hiking vacation. Cloudcroft was nearly deserted (ski area closed) but still very alpine and full of snow. This hike was a great contrast to rest of desert hikes - all crisp, cold, snowy, and evergreen. The views were not very apparent from what you would see from the road.
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Trail Information

Lincoln National Forest
Nearby City
Lincoln National Forest
Parks
Easy
Skill Level
Lincoln National Forest
Local Contacts
Cloudcroft and High Rolls 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018