Elliot Barker Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 April until October.
Generally identifiable (if ill-marked) trail. Great views of the Angel Fire ski valley and the reservoir beyond. Excellent diversity in tree varieties - a very healthy forest. But, if ascending past the pond, be mindful to work counter-clockwise around it to re-find the trail. Do not be fooled by what appears to be a trail straight ahead. It leads into a brushy steep canyon, with no outlet other than to bushwhack up a tangled flinty slope.
There are a lot of beetle kill trees on the ground. Kind of looks like apocalypse :(
Nice hike once you pass the pond which is .25 mile from the rustic walk through gate you won't see anymore water so you may want to fill your LifeStraw here. The accent starts just after the pond. It's gradual, but you can feel it. There is more shade on the accent side and less on the decent side. Take sunscreen, water and hat for sure. Nice views on the decent side of Angel Fire and Eagle Nest lake.