Gold Hill Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Valdez, NM that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October.
Nearest to Red River, NM Take jeep up trail to Goose Lake, 8 miles. The take swichbacks behiind lake then north to Gold Hill. Old mining area after you top ridge above lake. Can go over to Taos Ski Valley from top of rigde by going south. Once at Goose Lake a fun hike to take. It is 8 miles back to road from Lake.
Awesome hike! Saw marmots and mountain goats. Great terrain, beautiful wildflowers. Nice challenge. Amazing view at the top. Explore along the ridge!
Great hike, especially the section of the trail above tree line. Wonderful views to the south. Plan to get an early start to be back below treeline before afternoon thunderstorms roll in. And a post-hike beer at the Bavarian is a must!
Trail is incorrect shown as near Valdez, NM. In fact it is near Red River, NM
Yskr 4WD road to Goose Lake. Hike up switchbacks above lake and go north on ridge, follow trail to Gold Hill. Easy climb. Fanstastic views. The back side, once over the ridge is full of old mining sites. Interesting. And just a short, 2 mile hike to Taos Ski Valley.