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Grand View Trail & Bridal Veil Falls

  • Jul 21, 2012 · 7:30 AM

Cross post w/ the El Paso Ridgewalkers.

This is a new trail recently opened in 2010. It follows the old railroad grade that came up from La Luz to CloudCroft. There are some fantastic, destroyed railroad trestles (though nothing as large as the Mexican Canyon Trestle) as the hike follows a the relatively easy-walking railway grade up into High Rolls, and it's interesting to see the subtle change from high desert to pine trees as you slowly gain elevation.

DISTANCE is 8–9 mi, loop.

ELEVATION GAIN is ~900 ft gained

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).

SKILL LEVEL is moderate, but mind the distance. No whiners!

TERRAIN is sandy/rocky graded path (the trail is a converted railroad grade).

WEATHER may include thunderstorms. Please bring a poncho, just in case.

AFTERWARDS we may stop for late lunch in Cloudcroft.

MEET for carpool at:

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  • Yubao

    Wonderful hike. Bridal Veil waterfalls was so other worldly. I remember a hiker's comment, that "a Hawaii waterfall in the desert ".

    July 22, 2012

  • Samat

    @Scott: "Early afternoon" in the event description is when we'll get back to our cars, so we may get back to our cars around 2. Getting back to Las Cruces is not likely.

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Scott, need to go to EP Hiking Group and ask Carol for time. She is leading the hike and would know the approxiamte time the hike would end.

    July 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sal, it's being hosted by Carol Brown one of the Organizers of the El Paso Hiking Group.

    July 19, 2012

  • Sal

    I thought you said it was the El Paso Ridgewalkers?

    July 19, 2012

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