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Cloud Climbing Trestle Trail (T5001)

Intermediate
 4.1 (9)

The marquee trail in the Trestle Recreation Area that leads to the restored Mexican Canyon Trestle.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

1.9

KM

Point to Point

8,596' 2,620 m

High

8,409' 2,563 m

Low

56' 17 m

Up

204' 62 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Not a difficult trail to hike and I think that kids would enjoy seeing the trestle.

The Trestle Recreation Area is closed from sundown to 9am.

Description

This trail can be accessed by a couple of different points or junctions within the area. To do the trail in its totality, start at the TH of T5001A just east of the recreation area off of Hwy 84.

Following T5001A, you'll come to a junction in which you'll continue right on restored railroad bed. This section skirts Toboggan Canyon and provides great views.

Eventually turning north, you'll enter the pines and switchback down toward one more doubletrack section before arriving at the restored trestle that spans the canyon.

Flora & Fauna

Deer and other forest critters. Elk and black bear are possible but usually stay further out from town.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Borer with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 9 votes

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Photos

Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle is both beautiful and a feat of engineering.
Feb 2, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Snowshoeing after 12-15" of fresh snow fell on the mountain.
Jan 21, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Mexican Canyon Railroad Trestle after recent repairs
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Looking west from the overlook with White Sands on the horizon.
Jun 23, 2018 near La Luz, NM
Remains of another railroad Trestle
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM
View from Devil's Elbow Overlook
Oct 28, 2017 near La Luz, NM

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Jun 13, 2020
Brady Larsen
7h 35m
Sep 28, 2019
Jason Veesart
Sep 17, 2019
Mark Simon
This was a wonderful trail. Nearly level and great views. We hiked to the S Tressel. Just beyond the trail was blocked with a fence and gate.
Nov 11, 2018
Richard White
May 27, 2018
James McCrary
Mar 13, 2018
Rachel Myers
1.2mi
Jul 31, 2017
Joan Willis
Jul 22, 2017
Jean-Claude Linossi
Not too difficult a trail. Some good views along the way. The trestle at the end of the trail is a nice destination. 1.2mi — 1h 30m