Devisadero Peak Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Taos, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Devisadero is a trail near Taos, New Mexico. It is a 6.4 mile loop with great sweeping views of the valley below. There are sections that are quite technical, and some that are smooth and fast. If you ride Devisadero, you are going to climb climb climb!
The trail starts from the road and begins climbing steeply right away. I did this trail as a loop. I turned right at the signpost giving me the option of left or right, about a half mile up the trail. I stopped periodically to catch my breath and take some photos. There are several false peaks before you get to the top where you'll find the stone thrones. You have to walk away from there to see the view. I continued on the path in front of the "chairs" to make the loop. I expected it to be all downhill from there and planned to run it. I was wrong! You have to do quite a bit of climbing up and down canyons to get back down that way. I did this hike on September 11 and only ran into 6 other hikers and one cyclist - a couple of locals and a couple of visitors like me. Total hiking time was 2 hours, 10 minutes not counting stops to chat and take photos.
Great morning hike good views of Taos
Kids in tow. Didn't get to the top. Stopped at an Outlook with a gorgeous view. was fantastic.
Great loop trail.
Aka #108, this had some great views of Taos & surrounding areas, and was a good moderate hike. Easy to follow trails and wasn't very steep anywhere.
Great hiking! Good trails for walking and running. Beautiful views of Taos area.
Excellent trail for running! I'd definitely recommend for anyone training/acclimating to higher elevations.
Excellent trail. Will get your heart rate up.
I really enjoyed it, minus the initial confusion of figuring out where the actual trail and the loop options split off. Great views of the surrounding area, and neat to imagine that this is how the Indians kept an eye out for invaders to their home in the Taos Pueblo area. No snow, and hence a great variety of flora!
Great add-on to the popular Divisadero trail. Just take a left at the .7 mile mark and then take a right at the next option. You will hike through several micro climates and there are great flowers in the spring. There are also geocaches on the loop and a great set of stone thrones to rest on at the peak. It is a very well maintained trail.
A great hike with views of Taos, Taos Mountain, Kachina Peak, the Rio Grande gorge and much more. Wonderful for dogs and superbly maintained. Although some of the signs are melting back into the earth. If you want to make a loop of it head left at the .7 mile mark and then stay right. This will make for a more moderate climb. Great for dogs.
I took the long way. It still had snow on half the mountain so it was pretty tough going and when I hit the top tain clouds formed. It was raining on the way down hence muddy. The sites were amazing and worth the trip
Devisadero Loop Trail 108
According to the Forest Service website, Devisadero means a "lookout point or place", and there are a lot of good mountain and valley views worth taking pictures of. After a snowfall, one side gets a little tricky. We made it to the fork and then went right. This led directly over mountain tops to the top of the peak. There are several signs along the path so you can make sure that you are still on the trail which is handy when some of the trail is obscured by snow. Then after getting to Devisadero peak, where there is a pair of seats made out of stones that are pretty cool, the trail continues down the side of the mountain and then makes you traverse four or five mountain sides. This part is mostly downhill and shaded. In the snowy months, this part of the trail is covered with a pretty good layer of snow. Be prepared for snow and muddy spots.
The trail was a little over 6 miles long. There is a series of geocaches along the trail too, but the probability of them being covered by snow is high. We only managed to find three of the current six due to the snowfall. We saw some rabbit trails, but not any actual rabbits. It took us about five hours for the whole trip, figuring in time for photos and finding the caches. There is a parking lot across the street from the trailhead that also has a bathroom, but it was locked (or frozen shut) when we were there.
All in all, a good solid hike.
This is good hike. The ratings indicate moderate which is accurate. However the estimated time of 1.5 hours is only accurate if you push hard the entire time and never stop to photograph and admire the vistas. We took 3 hours and we didn't stop to eat.
Parking lot is 2 miles from town and trail is across the street. Moderate hike with some nice viewa
Easy parking on Highway 64 just 5 miles from downtown Taos. Take the right at the split and experience a moderate climb. Reach the peak and rest on the chairs made of rocks. The route back on the loop is easy.
Saying that Devisadero Loop is near Penasco is like saying that America is near the Pacific. Devisadero is less than 2 miles from downtown Taos, and is a 45 minute drive from Penasco. At any rate, it's a super fun trail to hike, and quite challenging to bike. If you ride it, be prepared to hike-a-bike here and there, and also be prepared to climb, climb, CLIMB!