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Salado Canyon Trestle Trail

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We are going to hike the Salado Canyon Trestle Trail in High Rolls, NM.

It is named the Trestle Trail because the trail is built along the old railway that went up from La Luz to Cloudcroft, and there are wooden structure trestles supporting the rail. The current Salado Canyon ”Trestle” is actually a foot bridge built by hand, by NMRTA volunteers, on the ruins of the original trestle. It crosses Salado Canyon Creek. The easy trail on the railroad bed is .71 miles long; it ends where the railroad bed enters private property. The elevation is about 5,695 feet.

The Bridal Veil Trail shares the same trailhead with Trestle Trail. From the parking lot to the waterfalls is only one mile. The perennial waterfalls are 45 foot high. It is called the Hawaiian waterfalls in the desert.

This is a beginner hike. We may choose to do out-n-back or do the whole loop including Grand View, Trestle and Bridal Veil all three trails. The options are open at the time being. No matter what we decide to do, it's still an easy/intermediate hike. If trains could climb along the trail, the trail should be easy enough for a beginner hiker. That should have summed it up.

Bring water, hat, sunscreen, snack, lunch, and hiking boots. Part of the hike will be in the creek so water shoes are recommended. The water under the Bridal Veil is crystal clear and crisp. Jumping in the water is very refreshing after the hike in a dog summer day. So, if you want to get your "bridal shower" under the Bridal Veil, please bring along your swimsuit.

If you are from Las Cruces or Westside of El Paso, please meet us at Kmart at 7:30 am for carpool. If you come from Alamogordo or other places, you may choose to meet the group at High Rolls. If you choose to meet the group at High Rolls, please call Steve[masked] for meet time and exact location.