Rim Trail 105

Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain5,031ft
Trailhead Elevation9,116ft
Elevation Min/Max7633/9170ft
Elevation Start/End9116/9116ft

Rim Trail 105

Rim Trail (105) is a hiking trail in Otero County, New Mexico. It is within Lincoln National Forest. It is 29.3 miles long and begins at 9,116 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,031 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Slide Group Campground camp site can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Moonshine Trail (90V), San Andres Canyon Trail (125), Heart Attack Canyon Trail (235), Pipeline Trail (110), Cathey Canyon Trail (105A), Atkinson Field Trail (111), Fs 91, Fr 5011 and Karr Canyon Road.

Rim Trail (105) Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Rim Trail traverses the spine of the Sacramento Mountains, winding through miles of gorgeous spruce and pine forests. Views from this ridge are fantastic. To the west bright dunes of white sand can be seen in the Tularosa Basin. Behind the dunes are the San Andreas Mountains.

The Rim Trail is a good opportunity to ride some moderately difficult, really fun singletrack. This ride is worth trying out even if you only have a couple of hours: It is easy to lengthen or shorten by using the many access points along the way."

Rim Trail (105) Reviews

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Views are rare in this deep in the forest ATV cut, very shady! All you'll see are trees and an perhaps an animal. I didn't see anyone here. Lots of wildlife in the Sacramento Mountains. Very rocky, rooty and lots of climbing as a MTB ride. 32 miles long.
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Beautiful ride through alpine forests surrounding sleepy Cloudcroft. Large gravel lines sections of the trail and makes for a bumpy ride part of the way, but it's worth it overall. Be prepared for some wind-sucking if you're not accustomed to the elevation here. I'm not stranger to high riding, either. My local trails across the state line in Lubbock are at 3,250 feet. Ride those several times a week with no problem. Just when I thought I was in pretty good shape, the Rim Trail put me back in check. But I definitely recommend this trail, especially for those of us in Central/West Texas who relish the opportunity to zip through a forest for a change.
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The scenery in this area is beautiful! I've both hiked and ridden this trail - fall is probably the nicest time to go, because the weather is cooler and the changing leaves make an already beautiful forest spectacular! The trail isn't difficult. The high altitude and large gravel/rocks are the biggest challenges you will encounter. There's also a great Fat Tire Festival in Cloudcroft in the fall - which was a lot of fun and a great way to explore this and other trails in the area.

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Trail Information

Lincoln National Forest
Nearby City
Lincoln National Forest
Lincoln National Forest, Sacramento Ranger District
Local Contacts
The Lincoln National Forest map shows the Rim Trail, but not with a lot of detail. You can also use the USGS 15-minute quads for High Rolls.
Local Maps

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Nov 2018