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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 46 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 26 moderate trails in Carson National Forest ranging from 2.6 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: 8.2 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
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 thirShow more
#2 - Williams Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Williams Lake Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#3 - Sheepshead Peak and Trampas Lakes Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 7 h 55 m
The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles.Show more
#4 - Lost Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 36 m
Looking for a hike that will reward you at the end? This is one of them!Show more
#5 - Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 8 h 55 m
Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail is a 14.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primShow more
#6 - 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
#7 - Elliot Barker Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Elliot Barker Trail is a 7.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Taos, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#8 - Gold Hill Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 54 m
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 SShow more
#9 - Serpent Lake Trail
Carson National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
As of June 01, 2020, users have reported that Jacks Creek campground is currently closed at Cowles parking lot. Please consult the park's website before visiting.Show more
#10 - Goose Creek Trail #65
Carson National Forest
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 55 m
Goose Creek Trail #65 is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
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