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52 minutes ago

Peaceful walk through the woods - hard packed snowy trail - glad to have our YakTracks for - but could have done it in just hiking shoes.

hiking
13 hours ago

Enjoyable and a good work out r/t the elevations. Would do it again.

2 days ago

good views

such a fun hike with great views of the mountain landscape. I would highly recommend.

My wife and I are here from North Ogden Utah. We hiked South Piedra Lisa with local friends. We liked the trail. We hiked the trail at a casual pace in about three hours. We found that the trail had portions of steep grade and loose gravel. I would recommend trekking poles to help stabilize your footing. The flora is marked by junipers, prickly pear and staghorn cacti. Respect the cacti that line the trail. The slightest brush will result in a painful encounter with tiny clusters of needles in your skin.
You are rewarded with a beautiful view of the valley and spires at trails end.

Great trail for easy hike. t
The start of trail will bring you to a awesome view from to see part of whitesand. Is a bit chilly during Nov period, but good for relaxing the mind.

hiking
11 days ago

Took the trail in early November, so the landscape was covered in snow, but not to the point that you needed serious gear to complete the hike. It was pretty strenuous hiking up, as someone whose lived below sea level their whole life, but the view of the frozen lake, surrounded by snowcapped peaks was absolutely spectacular. Be sure to carry a couple liters of water, as even in the winter, the altitude dehydrates you quickly.

hiking
19 days ago

This is one of my all time favorite trails and I make it a point to hike it whenever I'm in the area. It's easy, well maintained and beautiful! My favorite part is the small meadow that the trail runs by at the far east end of the loop. There's a bench there as well and I usually spend a good 15 minutes just sitting and enjoying the view. If you make it during the fall you will see some beautiful fall colors. I just hiked this today (October 30th) and there was still quite a bit of color on the trail, definitely the tail end though.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail and well maintained. A nice short hike with enough elevation changes to make it great exercise! That clearing where the trail intersects with two others made me think I’d wandered into a Disney movie.

Only did about half of T93 and then returned the same way. Absolutely beautiful and not heavily trafficked which made for a quiet and peaceful hike. We did it in the fall but it would be a good summer trail because it has a lot of shade along the path. Next time we are aiming to finish the whole loop.

hiking
21 days ago

Used to do this hike as a kid growing up in Los Alamos. Recently went back and it was just as awesome! Would recommend for an easy hike with fun sites

easy hike around the lake. I was short on time and could only go two miles in. But was worth it as I was the only hiker on the trail.

Great hike, but there were areas on both T92 and T93 that you might want hiking poles.

Visited on a Saturday in late October around 9am. A good number of cars at the parking lot but had the trail to myself for the majority of the hike. The trail was good except for a few icy spots once you get further up. Saw a good amount of snow but very manageable. The views at the lake are phenomenal. Recommend this hike.

Amazing lake. We hiked this in October and the lake was beautiful and we woke up to it snowing. I’m definitely goin back!!!

This was great. In late October it was a little snowy but the weather cooperated and it was really pleasant. The first half mile or so had construction going on but once you pass that it is well marked and absolutely beautiful. Ends up being around 4 miles or so and is absolutely worth it. Lovely hike.

on Williams Lake Trail

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this am. If the altitude doesn’t get you the ice will! I’d bring yak tracks if you have them or be prepared for some slipping and sliding. Beautiful nonetheless. Port a potty and garbage cans in parking lot.

Beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Great exercise and beautiful views! The creeks were wonderful and peaceful. The whole trail is actually closer to 7 miles. We will definitely come back and make sure to have more time to stop and enjoy more of the scenery. We went late in the afternoon so we rushed it. It began to snow/sleet which made for beautiful snow covered trees.

1 month ago

Trail follows through the woods for the most part, but there are a couple of places with a view. On 10/14, fall colors were just starting on some trees while a lot of the aspens had already dropped most of the leaves. Good for a quick, easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail isn't too bad, but it is a bit strenuous if you are not used to thin air. Being from south Texas, we hadn't fully acclimated when we did this hike up to the lake, but we overcame it anyway. On your drive to the trail head, you'll be going through the Taos Ski Valley, up some slightly winding roads until you arrive to the lodges. Once there, you'll go up some steep, possibly muddy roads to the actual trail head. Be advised, if muddy, you may need a 4x4 or a vehicle with enough power to make it up. There are some bathrooms at the parking area; they may not be the cleanest, but at least there's the option to use them. At the very bottom, you'll be walking through some construction before you get into the forested area. Admittedly, this kind of threw us off a bit, we thought we were in the wrong section for the trail. You'll see some signs guiding the way, so fear not. There are a few sections that get a bit tricky if the rocks are slippery, but a set of hiking poles or even a walking stick go a long way. There are some tiny paths off the main trail that are softer on the feet than walking on the rocky pathways, which we used and made the journey smoother. As someone mentioned, once you start seeing some trees marked with blue paint you're about 1/3 to 3/4 of the way there. Just a short walk around a curve, up a hill with what appeared to be a quarry on your right, and you're there! It is windy, so dress accordingly so you won't be too chilled. We sat on some boulders overlooking the lake and had lunch. A cute chipmunk came up and it ate some nuts with us before it scampered off. We would have stayed longer, but it was a bit too windy. One day we hope to return and camp overnight in the summer months.

Absolutely amazing. Well worth the hike

Loved this! Lots of ladders to climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike! The canyon with the stream and the wildflowers was lovely. The hike up to the ridge was a little strenuous but totally worth it. The views from the ridge were amazing. Saw 5 mule deer and elk tracks. Took T93 the whole way to extend our hike and avoid the difficulties since mentioned with T92.

The east part of the Rincon Spur Trail ends at the Knife Edge of the Shield (furthest waypoint on recording). This is 0.8 miles from the south Piedra Lisa Trail junction. You can hike and scramble with minimal climbing for about 2/10 of a mile up the Knife Edge to about 9000 ft elevation. After that you would be free climbing. Unmatched views, serious wind and a plenty steep enough trail await.

Beautiful hike but more like eight miles if you go all the way to the ridge line. Met a great crew of guys working on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Very enjoyable hike. Took my wife and dog. My dog thoroughly enjoyed all the opportunities to run in the stream that follows the trail most of the way. Only the last kilometer i would rate moderate or slightly difficult because of the loose rocks. The view from the top is gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful stroll through the Lincoln national Forest, fall colors just starting to come out here at the beginning of October. Some nice views of White Sands in the distance and generally accessible for those looking for a less strenuous hike.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really great hike! I hiked with my 6 month old baby in a backpack carrier with no problem. Right when you start getting tired you're there!

hiking
1 month ago

How amazing to experience the old cave dwellings of the native cultures! I enjoyed climbing the ladders and letting out my inner child! Great walk for kids too.

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