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Really enjoyed this hike, new views of the Blue Mesa.

Easy trail with great payoff taking you up near the base of the pinnacles. Hardly anyone on the trail in mid-November. This will definitely be a place I take visiting friends and family who are not used to higher elevation.

Very scenic hike with great views of the lakes, pinnacles and snow capped mountains (from the top). Easy to find trailhead right off Hwy 50.

hiking
1 month ago

We didn’t love it. It was mostly in the woods, no views and the road is used by horses so very uneven and full of stones

Hiked 10/26. Only one there up and back. 27 degrees at TH. Snow last mile plus, up to 8-12 inches in some places but passable.

My husband and I hiked only about 2 miles of this trail last week (middle of October) as it was a little sloppy and slick following first snowfall of season. It was absolutely beautiful though. We began at the trailhead (it’s further in than the parking/restrooms) and walked through aspen groves until it opened onto a very lovely valley with spectacular rock formations surrounding it. We missed the changing of the aspens by a few weeks but could imagine how breathtaking this trail would be at that time! Since we only hiked a few miles of this trail, we drove to see The Castles. Spectacular!

The classification of this trail as “hard” is an understatement. My boyfriend, pup and I embarked on this trail October 20th, 2018. Both of us have a minimal amount of hiking experience, having hiked in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. We also consider ourselves to be fairly athletic, as we have sports backgrounds in football, soccer, swimming, weightlifting, and distance running. However, this trail proved to us that our love of pizza and beer probably has deteriorated our ability to survive in the wild, especially one with a steep incline.

We parked at the bottom of Manzanita Canyon Trail #58 and then walked along the roadway to the trailhead for Yerba Canyon Trail #61. About 3/4 miles.

Once we got to Yerba, I used the record feature on AllTrails app to keep track of our progress...

First two miles were amazing: Beautiful scenery, gorgeous weather, nicely packed trail. We enjoyed the stream crossings. My dog even discovered her love of splashing in water, which is odd since she thinks so lowly of bath time. We stopped to take photos and enjoy the views.

After that, the trail becomes steep. Very steep. The incline, in addition to the snow, made the trek extremely difficult. We had to take many breaks but we were determined to make it to the top. The dog was concerned. She had to walk back many times to my boyfriend who was dry heaving behind us. We continued to push.

At about 4 miles in, tensions were high. The boyfriend was sick, and I thought we were lost. The dog, however, was having a great time. We thought we were close to the summit after 4 miles, so we continued to climb.

At mile 5 (yeah, mile 5) the snow was thick. We slipped and slid as we continued to march. Boyfriend lost the ability to speak. I cried.

When my GPS read 5.7 miles, we reached the top. We laid out our blanket sat to eat our packed lunch. The boyfriend was so sick he begrudgingly ate his sandwich while slumped over on all fours. We took maybe 3 pictures of the INSANELY beautiful views. I wish we had spent more time here, as it was truly worth the effort to get there.

We took Manzanita on the way down. This trail had a significant amount of snow for the first 3 miles, however it was not as steep as Yerba. The hike up took us nearly 5 hours, so we did not spend as much time coming down. We had to refill water from the snow at the summit and in the streams so make sure to bring more water than you think you need.

Overall, this trail was a challenge but so worth it. AllTrails app stated that during the hike up we burned 3700 calories, so we got two large pizzas at Pizanos and returned to our trailer at Luna Mystica to lick our wounds. The pup seemed to be the only one of us that enjoyed the whole thing. Didn’t realize my dog was such a rockstar.

Brings lots of water and some calories for the trip. Poles are probably very helpful, however we picked up sticks along the way that worked great. Boots are a good idea because of the water crossings and rocky terrain (just make sure they don’t give the back of your heels half-dollar-sized blisters). Go into it with a good attitude and prepare to be challenged. We both look back and are happy we did it, even though there was a moment when we both thought we were going to die on that mountain.

“What doesn’t kill you gives you the opportunity to eat a lot of pizza without guilt.” -me

Hiked 10/16, snow on upper 1/3 of trail, so far not more that 1-3” so still easily passable. Trekking poles were helpful on some slippery bits and creek crossings

No joke. Views are awesome!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this with my three children. Steep to start, I thought we would be able to see the caves up close, but climbed above them. Great views, nice Aspens, last part is on the road.

2 months ago

Awesome trail, a lot of fun. We camped at the top, had the whole place to ourselves after dark. Cold and windy this time of year, but worth it for the views.

Trail is great, only down side is two-way traffic on the narrow parts. Gets pretty precarious trying to go two wide in some parts.

Highly recommend!

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail. The last bit before you arrive at the summit ridge isn’t easy, but the views from the peak are great.

off road driving
2 months ago

Took this trail up and wow! Great drive up and even better when you reach the lake. Amazing!! Beautiful!!

hiking
2 months ago

TONS of trails...it's difficult to keep on any one single trail as they intersect or dump you out into a road and you pick up a new one, but there's so much exploring to do. The trails are usually easy to spot. Bring lots of water and sunscreen since there's little shade. Enough variety here to make your hike as easy or as difficult as you like. Would love to camp here sometime.

hiking
2 months ago

If you are from the flat lands, and a low elevation, the initial bump from the start of the trail may kick you butt, as it did ours. Pace yourself, it's worth the effort. After hit the top, it's mostly rolly all the way down. fantastic views.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a beautiful but decently strenuous day hike. Avoid FR 639 as you come out of Truchas unless you want a fun 4-wheeling experience. Going around to FR 207 (El Valle Road) is a more relaxing route. Only a couple of cars there when we arrived. Make sure to stop and look around occasionally, as it is easy to keep looking down and focus on the trail. Didn’t see anyone going up until we got to the lakes, then saw a couple of camping groups there. A very beautiful area.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike, didn't do the entire trail only did about 2 miles out and then turned back. This was our first hike in the high elevation and did this one to aclimatize ourselves. Saw a black bear on the trail before we had even gotten a half mile in, it was amazing! Veiws were great but were sparse due to the trail being below the treeline. A great warm up hike for most people and very close to the town of Angel Fire.

3 months ago

Fun and easy trail. Great for something quick to do.

Worth the hike! First, the hiking trail to goose lake is trail 65, the driving and ATV trail is trail 66. Second, the hike to goose lake is 7 mile making the total out and back actually 14 miles NOT 10, so bring water and snacks. Definitely a moderate uphill hike. The lake itself is gorgeous and there are definitely places to tent camp. Plenty of refill areas for water along the way as well. There is a section of downed trees, but if you push straight through in the direction of where the trail stops you will be able to clearly see the pick up on the other side. ~300 ft. The whole trail to goose lake is uphill so as long as you go uphill you cant miss it.

hiking
3 months ago

Hands down one of the best places to hike. You get gorgeous views, multiple hiking and climbing options, and even great for trail running and hill repeats. Best of all, it’s just on the outskirts of Gunnison and two miles from the KOA so this could easily be incorporated into your daily routine.

My 13 year old daughter and I started Friday 7/13 and hiked the 5.6 miles (2.5 hours) to Trampas Lakes. We were the only soules there and we had the whole place to ourselves! Stayed one night and made the return hike in 2 hours and 12 minutes. Finally saw one couple hiking up as we we're headed down.

Definitely uphill on the way to the lake and we took a few breaks.

hiking
3 months ago

We did a portion of this hike as a day trip, starting at the trail head and turning around at the camp site near the large waterfall, about six miles from the trail head. We were walking on a weekday in July and only saw a handful of other people all day (two small groups of backpackers on their way up in the afternoon as we were coming down). Despite the dry weather, there was still some flowing water in most, but not all of the side drainages, which came in handy to refill our filtered water bottles. Note that the road between the rest room/parking area and the trailhead was doable with a garden variety small SUV, but lower clearance cars would struggle, in my opinion. The entire hike is amazingly beautiful, from the stunning rock formations to the stands of aspen to the meadows. Can’t wait to come back here and go for the pass next time!

Great trail to work on running with extreme incline.

off road driving
4 months ago

Just did this trail. Well worth it. The lake at the top is amazing. Highly recommend.

Great trail took the small loop about 1.6 miles with my daughter. Great way to build up for other trails and a very nicely cleaned up trail.

hiking
4 months ago

We joined this hike mid-ridge coming up from the Ho Chin Ming trail near the Country Club access road. Moderate to Easy to Very Easy once on the ridge line. We saw marmot and many birds. There was a surprise herd of cows at the midway point. Exciting, no bulls - whew! Great for hearty kids.

backpacking
4 months ago

Overall we really enjoyed this hike! Forest Road 639 is easiest with an off-road capable vehicle as we helped a Subaru to freedom after getting stuck. The hike is great with a steady incline that increases over the last mile or so. Watch the weather forecast... we were caught in some heavy rain even with low chances predicted. San Leonardo Lake is another one of New Mexico’s hidden treasures! Good for a day hike or for backpacking over night!

off road driving
4 months ago

Great trail there are a few rocky areas but not bad. I’d say this is an easy trail for any side by side. Took us 45min up and about the same coming back down.

Nice family hike. I would recommend starting early there is not a lot of shade.

Really nice hike with great views and gets you up close to the amazing pinnacles. Couple of benches along the way, if you're so inclined.

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