The Grand View Trail is an easy trail constructed along portions of the abandoned Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railroad grade. It winds through pinon and juniper and offers a breathtaking vista of desert, mountains and sky. Trail markers and interpretive signs identify plants, animals and geographical features along the way. There is also a short spur trail across from the main trail that passes one collapsed trestle and ends at a second collapsed trestle by a small stream.
For more information, contact: NM Rails-to-Trails, P.O. Box 44, Cloudcroft, NM 88317, 575-682-3040, or www.nmrailstotrails.org.
Drove out to the Trailheads on Fresnal Canyon Rd. Upper Trailhead is an obscure winding path to the RR Grade. Lower Trailhead ( N32.95819 W105.85229 ) has parking but stile over fence. No Access for Tri-Cruiser. See photo. Noel Keller 19 May 09
The Grandview Trail is an easy walk and has outstanding views of pinon covered mountains and canyons. There is a covered resting area and only light traffic along the trail. What a find only minutes from the High Rolls General Store on the old Fresnal Canyon Road.
"Easy hike, spectacular view of the Tularosa Basin on the old Alamogordo/Sacramento Mountain Railway roadbed, steepest standard gauge railroad in the world, visit www.toytraindepot.homestead.com for pictures."