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Clouldcroft Rail to Trail Hike, Lincoln National Forest
The Las Cruces hikers will meet at the K-mart on North Main at 8:00 am and will carpool from there. El Paso Hikers will meet at the N.E. Walmart on Trans-mountain at 8:00 am and will carpool from there. The two groups will then meet up at the Cloudcroft General Store at 9:30 am.
Hike Length: 8.2
Level of Difficulty 4 - Somewhat difficulty beacuse of the length
The Mexican Canyon Tesstle is a relatively easy loop that follows an old railroad bed just outside Cloudcroft. This is actually a combination of three trails; the switchback, the Old Cloudcroft Highway,and the terstle recreation trail. Together they total 8.2 miles of the trail.
For new hikers: bring a small backpack or a wist pack, hiking shoes/boots, 3 to 4 16 oz. water bottles or Camelback, food (sandwich, energy bars, nuts, fruit, etc.), poncho, hat, suncreen, appropiate clothes(layers are best). Optional: sunglasses, camera, hiking stick, extra shirt and flip-flops to cahnge into after the hike.