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Osha Trail

Saturday, come and hike with us on the Osha Trail in the cool, woody Sacramento Mountains. The trail is a loop of 2.7 miles, in the shade of pines and aspens (mainly pines) forest, running through some oak brush, and lush meadow. The trail is well established and heavily trafficked, portion of it is just old forest road. 

Though the hike is in high altitude, obviously it's a very easy hike. Please come and join us for a nice stroll in the forest.

The group intends to get lunch in Cloudcroft. Be aware that many of the restaurants ONLY accept cash, so please bring it if you'd like to get lunch w/ the group.

If you are a guest of the United States (i.e. non-citizen), there is a US Customs & Border Patrol checkpoint demarcating passage to/from what the ACLU calls a "Constitution-Free Zone". If this bothers you, please donate to the ACLU and harass your congress critters; otherwise please bring appropriate documentation of your entry into the US (passports, visas, etc—you know better what you need than we do). Group hikes are not the place to make a stand for your civil liberties.

DISTANCE is 2.7 mi loop.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~400 ft gained (negligible). Be aware the altitude is high, and there is significantly less oxygen

FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!

DURATION: Finish by early afternoon.

PET FRIENDLY? Yes. Bring a muzzle (you shouldn't need be told to bring a proper leash), and if you'd like to unleash, ask others before you do so.

SKILL LEVEL is is reasonably beginner friendly. Be aware of the high altitude.

TERRAIN is high-elevation alpine forest. Trail is well-maintained but very rocky.

WEATHER is high near 80°F, gusting as much as 30 mph in the afternoon. See the detailed forecast at the NWS.


MEET for carpool at:

• Las Cruces: 8:00 am, K-Mart parking lot on North Main/US 70 and Del Rey, near Shell. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map).
• El Paso: 7:30 am, Walmart at Transmountain/US 54 at the west-most parking lot towards US 54. See map (Google Maps).
• Cloudcroft: 9:30 am, park at Mountaintop Mercantile (or what was formerly known as Mountaintop Mercantile) and walk across the street to Allsup's. GPS: [masked]°N,[masked]°W (see on Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, USGS topo map)

MORE information:

GPS track

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  • A former member
    A former member

    no sure if I am going now since the weather looks cold and windy in Cloudcroft. Winds are suppose to be 23-25 and wind chills 32. Not a fan of the cold.

    May 8, 2015

  • Valentina

    Unless my cold backfires, I will be there with Damir and Buddy. That means I will only have room for 2 more this time in the Fun Car to ride comfortably.

    1 · May 8, 2015

  • Valentina

    Hi Steve,
    Just want to make sure that this is for the Trail #10 (2.2 miles) as described here:

    The reason I ask is that the El Paso group posted a hike for Osha trail too on the same day, but they posted theirs as 3-5 miles. At that elevation, this is a significant difference for me.

    May 4, 2015

    • Yubao

      Yes, it's exactly the same trail and same hike. So far as I know, the two groups are meeting at Allsup's. The reason for the description discrepancy is: The El Paso group took in the consideration of side-stepping into some of the scenic spots, and walking directly from Allsup's to the trail, and the natural result would be the hike a bit longer. The Las Cruces group just used the actual length of the trail loop plus the distance between the parking lot and the access point of the loop. The good news is, though the elevation is high, but elevation gain is minimal.

      1 · May 4, 2015

    • Valentina

      Thanks Yubao! Michele, I haven't given Buddy his rattle snake shot yet and I'm not sure if I'll bring him. Even if I give it to him now, it'll take several weeks to build immunity. I want to talk to vet first.

      May 5, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steve is the trailhead at Allsup's. My have a couple of people joining us who are staying up there. Need to tell them where and time to meet. Thanks and also hope Cookie is feeling better. Heard she got a snake bite.

    May 4, 2015

    • Yubao

      Allsup's is a gas station right at the entrance to Cloudcroft Village. The group may choose to walk from there directly to the trail. So, make sure that your folks meet the group at Allsup's instead of at the trail head parking lot, which is a different place.

      May 4, 2015

  • Xifeng

    I am very interested in hiking! I wonder whether I can bring kids with me? They like hiking too. Thanks@

    May 4, 2015

    • Yubao

      Yes, you can. And this is a wonderful hike to introduce kids to the trails. Just keep in mind you are responsible for the safety and well-being of your children.

      May 4, 2015

  • Amanda

    Aww man! I've been waiting for one of these hikes, and it would be on the day I'm graduating and can't go!

    April 16, 2015

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