LOCATION – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
The Clear Creek Hiking Trailhead is right off of US-64 in the heart of Cimarron Canyon State Park between the Perryville Day Use Area and the Blackjack Tent Area. The parking area is labeled Angler Parking and the trailhead entrance is a quick 100 yd walk West along the road where Clear Creek spills into the Cimarron River.
STATS – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
Length: 2.25 miles
Elevation: 7,820′ – 9,137′
Difficulty: Moderate – Strenuous
Type: Out-and-Back Trail
TERRAIN – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
This hiking trail ascends through a thick forested areas on the north-facing slope of the canyon. The park biome offers a unique transitional zone between the New Mexico High Plains and the Southern Rocky Mountains. In addition the Clear Creek hiking trail crosses the Fowler Pass fault and has a split geology that varies greatly from the lower part to the upper part of the trail as it crosses the fault. These two distinct terrains create a rich geology that truly makes this trail a rock hunters dream. And for the waterfall hikers, this little creek hides an abundance of beautiful cascades and falls.
PROMINENT GEOLOGY – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
PROMINENT FOLIAGE – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
PROMINENT FAUNA – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
PROMINENT WILDLIFE – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
SPECIAL NOTE – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
In 2015 heavy rains caused flash flooding in and around Cimarron Canyon [more]. Remnants and debris of this event are still visible along the rivers. It’s important to check weather forecasts before setting off on hiking adventures as even a quick shower upstream can lead to rivers and streams swelling.
IMAGE GALLERY – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
FLYOVER VIDEO – Clear Creek Hiking Trail
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Enjoy the journey!
HIKING QUOTE OF THE DAY
Walking I am unbound, and find that precious unity of life and imagination, that silent outgoing self, which is so easy to loose, but which a high moments seems to start up again from the deepest rhythms of my own body. How often have I had this longing for an infinite walk – of going unimpeded, until the movement of my body as I walk fell into the flight of streets under my feet – until I in my body and the world in its skin of earth were blended into a single act of knowing. – Alfred Kazin