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Rim Trail

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Singletrack,some nice and smooth downhills,some breathtaking uphills,nice XC parts and some asskicking downhills ass well just something for everyone and do you want more trail just talk to the guys at the High Altitude Bike shop there are some nice and smooth rides up there
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Latitude
32.95762
Longitude
-105.74488
Trail Directions
from Alamogordo (white sands) on hwy 82 to Cloudcroftin cloudcroft on Hwy 130,after 3 miles right on theSunspot Hwy 5636,then first parkingspace on the right and there you are really nice overlock from the mountaintrail at arround 9000 feet hight.
Trail Length
14 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Cloudcroft
   


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Review Date
May 31, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Pawndream ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This review is for the stretch of T105 (Rim Trail) from Sunspot to the slide area (shortly before Highway 130 intersects 6563).

This trail is very rocky. Most of the time the rocks are embedded in the ground, but there are several sections where loose baseball-sized rocks cover the trail. It seemed to me that this was most true of the climbing sections, but maybe that was just because I was tired.

Speaking of which, it's been mentioned before by other reviewers, but I'm going to hit the point home again: this trail is at very high elevation (8,350 - 9,500 feet). You WILL get winded easily if you're not conditioned, which makes the climbs much more difficult.

There really are no steep climbs (that I saw), but it felt like they were. I had to stop several times to catch my breath when I first rode it.

You'd think that with a name like "Rim Trail" you'd get non-stop awesome views from the top of the mountain. Not so. Most of the time you will be riding in a wall of trees and won't be able to see very much. There were a few sections closer to Highway 130 where you could get a glimpse of the Tularosa Basin, but that's about it. I did see some elk on the trail though, so that was cool.

Great trail. Excellent signage. A little on the rocky side for my tastes (I ride a hardtail...Lightweight XC Full suspension ride would be the way to go if you have it!). Basically an out-and back. Ride as long as you can and turn back when you need to. The trail also parallels 6563, so if you're not feeling riding back on the same trail you just rode, hop onto the highway and pedal back.

Recommended Route:
I followed the recommendation of the guys at High Altitude in Cloudcroft and started at Sunspot and rode to the slides area. I was pretty wiped when I got to the slides area, so I hopped onto 6563 and rode the highway back to my car (which was much better than having my bones jarred by the constant rocks all the way back!)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
High Altitude Race Course



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Review Date
September 20, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: weedf16 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As a non-local, I was frustrated that I couldn't find decent directions to the trailhead online. Any other non-locals reading this should know you need to take 130 south out of Cloudcroft, a right on 6563, and there will be a sign for the trailhead on the right in less than half a mile.

The trail looks like it has a lot of potential but I was just passing through and tried to ride it after it'd been rained on for two days. Slick rocks, roots and mud made the downhills sketchy and nearly impassable uphill.

Recommended Route:
You can get a trail sketch at the ranger station on highway 130 before you turn on to 6563. There are 8 access points for this trail adjacent to road 6563. Get on the trail on one end and have a bud pick you up at the other to make it a nice one-way ride.



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Review Date
May 17, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
there is a hand drawn map available at RS in cloudcorft. it works only for orientation. the are also mile markers in various stages of disrepair.

i rate it a strong intermediate trail in the section i rode due to rocky trail.

i rode from Slide CG(Pt.1) to FR 636 road (pt.3) about 5 miles. & coasted back on Hwy 6563 to make 8 mile loop. 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

you ride out to white sands overlook (about 1-1/12 mi) then down a canyon and up to FR. it is my guestimate that the elevation gain on this section is 700-800'.

the trail is rocky as described in other places although i didn't find roots to be much of a problem. just a tuff rocky grind up to the FR.

there are 15 other miles on this trail that go up to sunspot obersvatory that i did not explore.

2 notes:

1) the entire trail parallels HWY. 6563 so you can drop off trail at many points.

2). elevation is 8600'.



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Review Date
June 12, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Team Pro Laps ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun single track at high altitude (average 9000') We rode this trail the first week of June, 2005. Heavily impacted by motorcycle riders; however,five or six trees that had fallen on the trail may have been limiting trail use in this section since we didn't see any motorcycles during our ride. We parked at the pullout at the Slide Campground and rode our bikes up the highway to Karr Canyon Road around mile maker 6. A quick zip down the Karr Canyon dirt road and we were at the trail head, which was well marked. A somewhat steep start with a lot of loose rock dictated that I carry up this section. We were then rewarded with a nice cruise on level trail for awhile. The remainder of the trail was a mellow grade either up or down as the route headed around various drainages. The grade on most of the uphill sections was pretty easy -- usually just a long uphill pull. To deal with the altitude (we had just come from 600' elevation to 9000') I would shift into the easiest gear and spin my way up in sections of about 50 to 100 yards, stop to catch my breath, and then start again. There was a long uphill section to Slide Campground, and finally we were back at the car. Good fun. We started the ride around 12:30, and on the last uphill section to Slide Campground later in the afternoon, we were on a west-facing slope with a lot of sun -- not completely exposed but still pretty warm. With the exception of the first uphill carry, we were able to ride the remainder of the trail, although we had to carry over the trees across the trail.

The main challenges on this trail are altitude, roots and rocks.

We are both older, expereinced riders (56 and 60). It took us about 4 hours to do this 10-mile section, including one stop of about 15 minutes for some energy bars. (To compare this to our Central Texas trails -- you can knock out that distance in 45 to 90 minutes). I took a 70 oz Lobo Camelback and a regular bike bottle with Accelerade and finished both. My husband didn't drink quite as much and ended the ride with extra water.

Recommended Route:
The folks at High Altitude recommended riding this section of the Rim Trail from south to north. Park at Slide Campground pullout and ride up the Sunspot Highway (NM6563)to Karr Canyon road around mile marker 6. Ride down Karr Canyon to the well marked trail intersection. There are several other options to access the trail for a shorter ride, including one pullout. At one place the trail comes back up to a highway pullout; if you have tired riders in your group, they can ride back down the highway to the car instead of completing the next section of trail. Several other options to get back to the highway were marked as well. While on the trail, you will see several unmarked dirt tracks coming in from the east; these are probably coming in from private property and may or may not go back to the highway.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
To get a sense of riding at altitude, ride the Race Course trail fist; you can get a free map at High Altitude. The trail leaves from right in Cloudcroft. Instead of doing the part that incorporates the Osha Trail, we headed through the highway tunnel and went up the old auto road/Could Climbing Trail. The grade on this section of the trail approximates the grades on the Rim Trail.



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Review Date
July 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: vlutan ,  Cross Country Rider , from Arlington, Tx, Tarrant

Summary:
Good trail for altitude and long hill training. Great trail if you like rocks, trail is covered in them, kinda rough. Only about 20% smooth silky singletrack.
Views are OK, you're in the trees most of the time though.

Recommended Route:
I suggest riding 6-12 miles from beginning, exit out to Sunspot road and ride back to town on it. That way you get 2 rides in one. Near Mile 1 on sunspot road, great view on turnout.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Check out Buck mountain ride near Ruidoso if you want great views.



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