A blog about exploring the natural areas of New Mexico focusing on but not limited to Dona Ana, Luna, Otero, Sierra, Grant, Lincoln,Socorro and Catron counties.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Osha Trail (FT 10) -Lincoln National Forest
The Osha Trail is a pleasant little walk right out the front door of the
tiny mountain town of Cloudcroft, NM. Brown signs in either direction
point to the trail and it's large parking lot on north side of US 82, a
very short distance west of Cloudcroft. Initially the trail goes up
steeply, but then levels off at the point where one chooses which
direction they will take on the loop section. We turned left(west) and
headed up the ridge, reaching the high point of the hike in short time, enjoying views from the the pine and fir clad high country hills
around us, down through first, the scrubby and then rocky canyon sides
all the way out to the expanse of White Sands in the desert far below.
We walked on, as the trail descended(now heading first north and then
east) and skirted a dry grassy stream bed, through oak,maple and elder(
all yet to leaf out or even bud). After reaching the low point of the
hike, a dry stream crossing, we walked up to a lovely open, green meadow
surrounded by large conifers. While the first part of the hike had
ever present sounds of the cars on US 82. This back side, below the ridge,
was delightfully peaceful with just the sound of the wind, ravens and
the occasional laughter of other hikers.We took our rest, enjoyed
this spot, and then continued on, partly on a road where we saw a playful
Stellar's Jay, and then back on the trail to the end of our loop, and finally the short lollipop stick back to the car. It
was a very enjoyable way to spend an hour on a crisp Spring morning.