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Best trails in Carson National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Carson National Forest, New Mexico? AllTrails has 57 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 31 moderate trails in Carson National Forest ranging from 1.4 to 24.1 miles and from 6,010 to 12,362 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
Note: the trail can periodically be closed certain days because of local agreements with the Indian Reservation. Do check the alerts section of the Carson National Forest for detailed information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/carson/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD786884 Really well marked trail. The 1st 1/3 is well shaded, in the trees, and hard pack trail. Once you break out above the tree line the winds pick up and you are very exposed to sun/elements. The top third is mostly hiking in the scree. Easy to follow but be mindful of your steps. This is roughly 3000’ in 4mi. Allow time to Summit and keep in mind that afternoon storms (between 2p-4p) can be common in the late summer/early fall. The winds T the top are aggressive and can reach 50mph+.Show more
#2 - Williams Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
#3 - Middle Fork Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#4 - Trampas Lakes Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 36 m
The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles. During spring/early summer, note that you will likely encounter snow halfway up this trail. Please plan accordingly. The route on this page does not include a final push up to Sheepshead Peak. The Sheepshead Peak hike can also be found on AllTrails.Show more
#5 - Lost Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 11.2 mi • Est. 5 h 30 m
An incredible trail with fantastic views!Show more
#6 - Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 8 h 55 m
#7 - Devisadero Peak Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
Devisadero Trail offers 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! Show more
#8 - Elliot Barker Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
#9 - Gold Hill Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 11.5 mi • Est. 5 h 45 m
This is the nearest trail to Red River, NM. There is an old mining area after you reach the top ridge above the lake. Show more
#10 - South Boundary 164 Trail to First Peak
Carson National Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h
Note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked.Show more
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