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Rim Trail Ride from Slide Campground

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.5 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An exceptionally beautiful mountain singletrack with challenging climbs and fast descents.


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Map Key

20.3

Miles

32.7

KM

100%

Singletrack

9,257' 2,822 m

High

8,360' 2,548 m

Low

2,531' 771 m

Up

2,531' 771 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

53%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Allowed

The Rim Trail extends a little further north than mapped, but this section between Slide Campground and Cloudcroft is closed to mountain bikers.

Overview

A popular section of the Rim Trail with some spectacular views and some rock gardens, roots and hills to challenge you along the way.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Christopher Bare

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 10 votes

#3

in Cloudcroft

#2832

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#3

in Cloudcroft

#79

in New Mexico

#2,832

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Photos

The beginning of a trek near the Slide Campground trailhead.
Jun 20, 2016 near La Luz, NM
Incredible view down into White Sands National Monument!
Jun 20, 2016 near La Luz, NM
Clips of a recent ride along the Rim.
Jun 22, 2016 near Alamogordo, NM
Rim Trail in between Karr Canyon Rd. and Slide Campground.
Sep 6, 2016 near Alamogordo, NM
Trailhead off Karr Canyon Rd.
Sep 6, 2016 near Alamogordo, NM

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Jun 27, 2020
Sam Stearley
Rocky. Tough on a rigid 26" 6.5mi — 3h 30m
Nov 25, 2018
Pierre Boisvert
Part of the trail only. Lots of rocks, up and down, challenging
Jul 4, 2017
Nathanael Smith