“An exceptionally beautiful mountain singletrack with challenging climbs and fast descents.”
— Christopher Bare
The Rim Trail extends a little further north than mapped, but this section between Slide Campground and Cloudcroft is closed to mountain bikers.
A popular section of the Rim Trail with some spectacular views and some rock gardens, roots and hills to challenge you along the way.
This popular section of the trail begins just outside of the village of Cloudcroft at the Slide Campground Trailhead. If the Slide Campground is closed, you can access the trailhead just off the highway, next to the parking area.
Once on the Rim Trail, simply follow it until you reach Karr Canyon Road. From there, you can continue on the Rim, follow Karr Canyon Road to the Highway and head back, have a shuttle or complete an out-and-back 20-mile ride.
The trail is well marked but watch for intersections as the trail has several access points along the highway, and it is easy to inadvertently take one of these access points and end up on the highway. Also be on the lookout for foot traffic as this is a common route for hiking. The trail is also legal and popular for off-highway motorcycles.
The trail consists of solid intermediate singletrack with frequent rock gardens and sections of small to moderately sized roots. Some of these features are present on the climbing sections and can make for difficult climbing. Be on the lookout for spectacular views from the rim all the way down to White Sands. Finally, be on the lookout for the occasional downed tree.
History & Background
A sign indicates one site for cable logging, in which a highline was used to remove large trees from steep terrain.