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Fresnal Canyon Rails-to-Trails

Intermediate
 3.3 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A link-up of three doubletrack sections of the Rails-to-Trails repurposed railroad bed in Fresnal Canyon.


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Map Key

8.9

Miles

14.4

KM

98%

Runnable

6,404' 1,952 m

High

5,697' 1,736 m

Low

767' 234 m

Up

767' 234 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Overview

Linking the Salado Canyon Trail (T128), Bridal Veil Falls Trail (T129), and Grandview Trail (T130) to create a mild 9-mile route with 100% navigable terrain that provides great exposure to the beautiful high desert canyon. This cruiser allows the feet to take over and the eyes to wander.

Need to Know

Parking is limited to 3-4 cars. Moderate use to heavier on the weekends. The falls are a popular place for visitors. There is a creek crossing just before/after the falls. You'll cross Fresnal Canyon Rd to continue onto the Grandview Trail when you hit the Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead.

Runner Notes

This run can be taken in reverse by starting at Grandview Trail and running down the canyon first and back up.

Description

This route is an out-and-back on mostly gravel doubletrack. There are one or two short, moderate climbs on singletrack. The trail link-up includes a railroad trestle over a stream, creek crossing just before Bridal Veil Falls and some great views of the basin and surrounding canyons. The trails are well established and are easy to follow. With few obstacles and mostly gravel, you can cruise up and back down this one.

Flora & Fauna

High desert pinon and juniper as well as some scrub oak and cottonwoods near the water. Deer, cattle, hawks, rabbits, and rattlesnakes.

History & Background

The history of the Cloud Climbing Railway can be found here.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Borer with improvements by Jean-Claude Linossi

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Photos

A woman and her dog head west from Bridal Veil Falls chasing the sunset.
Jan 8, 2017 near La Luz, NM
Above Bridal Veil Falls, below the bridge on Grandview Trail.
Jan 24, 2022 near La Luz, NM
This trestle lives below the Bridal Veil Falls Trailhead.
Dec 8, 2016 near La Luz, NM
Grandview Trail (T130) scrubland
Jun 5, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Grandview Trail (T130) viewpoint
Jun 5, 2020 near La Luz, NM
Grandview Trail (T130)
Jun 5, 2020 near La Luz, NM

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