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Great snow shoe hike, as there was at least a foot of snow on the ground. Ran into just a couple people on a Saturday afternoon, otherwise it was empty. Superb views in the last quarter mile!

This a great, local, high altitude, hike to train on if you are going to be doing other hikes like the Inca Trail. I credit this hike for making us very well prepared for our trip. I am a little late with a review as snow has already begun to accumulate but in early October the trail was mostly clear. Hard to follow at the beginning through the ski resort and construction. Just look for the signage. Above the treeline it is incredibly windy (like have to hunker down at times windy) and cold. I recommend a very warm jacket / windbreaker, warm gloves and a hat. It is hard to appreciate the amazing view from the top if you are freezing. Take the time to go see Williams Lake if you can. We had lunch there and it was beautiful.

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

Beautiful, only able to get to Williams lake due to heavy snow in the past month. Trail is easy to follow and packed down good to the lake (very popular hike) I tried going up to wheeler but it’s still soft and deep snow. Not many people summiting anymore. A hiker coming down informed me the trail disappears after timberline so it looks like next year will be my summiting chance.

1 month 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

1 month 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.


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

Did an overnight trip and camped at the lake. This was such a great experience and it was my first backpacking trip. I would recommend and will be back!

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.

No joke. Views are awesome!

Absolutely amazing. Well worth the hike

2 months ago

Hiked to Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail. I was at a concert in Taos until about 10:30 at night. I decided to start on the trail afterwards, and I started about 11:00 pm. It was pretty close to a full-moon, so the visibility was good for most of the trail, I didn't need a headlamp at any point. I did have my gps to keep me on the right path. I wouldn't recommend doing this as a night hike unless there is a full moon, or close to it. There were a few parts in the trees where I could see very little, but I stayed on the trail just by going slow and feeling my way along with my trekking poles. Once you get above treeline, the visibility is great. It's gorgeous seeing the lights of the ski resort, and the stars are fantastic. I got to Wheeler Peak at about 4 am and then set up my tent on a lower saddle so I could get a couple hours of sleep before sunrise. If you plan on camping above treeline, you have to have a good sleeping bag, and an awesome tent with guylines. It gets very windy. I made sure there was no chance of rain, and the skies were totally clear. I slept for a couple of hours and then hiked back up to the peak so I could watch sunrise on the peak. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed. I started hiking back down at about 9. I hadn't seen anybody at this point. I did pass quite a few people on the hike down, and I got to the trailhead at about 11:30 the next morning. Most of you will hike it in the day, which is probably the smart thing to do. But if you're dumb and adventurous like me, make sure there is good moonlight, no chance of storms. And dress warm. It gets very cold and windy. I was wearing my rain jacket just as a wind breaker, because otherwise the alpine wind would get through my clothes. You still get very sweaty, so if you're not dressed warmly it could potentially be a hypothermia situation. One of the coolest hikes I've ever been on though. If you are experienced with navigation, and have the right equipment, I'd highly recommend it.

Trail and hike are generally good, but lots of construction along first 0.5-1 mile from parking lot. Hiked all the way up today, but wind was howling. Wind-breaker and warm hat a MUST, and you’ll want gloves too!

Beautiful trail!! Love the atmosphere there! Last mile is the hardest but as soon as you get to the top makes the whole struggle worth it!!! It is very windy and cold at the top so bundle up.

2 months 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!

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!

Very beautiful views the entire way! Nice once you get to the mesa top and look for miles in every direction. Easy trail to follow. By the way, I went with Deborah Ulibarri (see the review below mine)...AND we made it all the way to the top!

Welcome to paradise where the views are unbelievable and the birds eat out of your hands. This trail is marked so well, definitely a good hike. We took our 7 and 2.5 year old. They did great, the 2.5yo had to be worn in a backpack carrier on the way back but so worth it. There is construction in the beginning but once you’re past it, it’s beautiful. Super grateful we got to experience it, plenty of friendly hikers along the way.

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.

2 months ago

Not quite “easy” but definitely recommended!

Stunning views... I have not made it all the way yet, but plan to here soon. Love the outdoors and My Fathers creation. Bring sunscreen

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!!

2 months ago

Great hike. Well worth doing....

Trails are decent. Climb is challenging. Views are breathtaking. A must for anyone hiking/backpacking in Taos area

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