camping
2 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

I did this trail solo on 9/6/18. Was happy my rental car was a small SUV. The gravel/rocky road had large pits and puddles. I would not recommend a sedan.

As mentioned in other reviews, steep climb via switchbacks. I took several Trail shortcuts. Made it to the lake in 1.5 hours. I’m from NC and had been in CO prior to my trip to NM. So I was partially acclimated to altitude. Had the trail and lake to myself. (Was on trail by 8:30.) Saw hikers and HB riders on way down which took 52 minutes.

Totally worth the climb! Highly recommended. I am 63 yr. old female. Do a fair amount of hiking in WNC. One thing I recommend is to put your cell in airplane mode. My battery was almost dead on way down. It was constantly looking for a cell signal on way up. Using AllTrails didn’t help either. But having it on airplane mode would have saved a lot of juice. Happy Trails to You!

Moderate hike and well worth the trip all the way to the lake. . The lake is beautiful and easy to hike around once you get there. There are lots of chipmunks around the trees at the lake’s edge. You can also take the trail next to the river instead of the main switch-back trail. The river side trail is much more difficult but well worth the solitude and beauty of the forest.

It is a beautiful lake and worth the hike.

We must have gotten off the trail b/c the round trip mileage was a little more than 5.25 miles. We still had a blast! The Lake was amazing and we had it all to ourselves. Will definitely be back.

Gorgeous!

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is a wide trail that is switch back after switch back to the lake after the initial walk down a road to a footbridge over a stream. There is one stream crossing that will require stepping on rocks or logs if you don’t want to get your feet wet. The trail passes through forest almost the entire way, which limits the views, although there are several small waterfalls in the stream that runs along the trail for quite a ways.

The payoff for the limited views is huge as the trail abruptly pops you out to one of the most stunning views of a lake that you will ever see. Do it as the sun is rising and you will never forget this unbelievably beautiful lake taken straight from a postcard.

hiking
6 months ago

Great day hike!
Me and my kids (12-16) hiked it on 7/11/18 had lunch at the lake and explored. Planned to fish but no luck, didn’t even see a trout one. Loads of great views, you do have to cross the creek half way up but it is wide and there is plenty of rocks/logs to step on. We stuck to the main trail and made it in about 1 hr 15 minutes. If you take a few of the hiking trail short cuts at the switchbacks you can save some time ascending and still stay on a designated hiking trail.
Remember to follow Leave no Trace principles!!
Happy hiking!

One of my favorite all time hikes ever.

backpacking
6 months ago

Just spent four days camped at Middle Fork. Backpacked up and found a great tent site. The first three miles of the trail are a pretty easy haul but the last mile is a little tough, especially when you're carrying a full backpack and not used to the altitude and, most especially, for a 64 year-old. I took my flyrod and tried to get a rise during my first couple of days there, but never saw a single trout feeding. I have a feeling that this lake is pretty much fished out. What a shame. The last time I was there, about 30-35 years ago, I caught fish after fish and released most of them. Of course, that was back when motorized vehicles were allowed on the trail. They have since built an outhouse at the top for the prissy folks. I had planned to pack over to Lost Lake on the third day but, unfortunately, I discovered my first evening there I discovered I had left my pill box at home and didn't want to risk going any longer without it so instead of a week in the mountains it came to only the four days. Saw a bear ambling by on my first morning there, about 250 feet away through the trees. I'm sure he knew I was there but completely ignored me. I made sure I hung my bear bag the rest of the time I was there. It's well worth the hike, especially if you spend the night up there. Lots of day hikers visiting during the day but quite isolated at night.

The road to the trailhead is a well-maintained gravel road, but still a little rough. We did see a Prius back there, but high clearance is probably a good idea. The trail is really just a set of switchbacks without much to see. However, it is well-maintained and shaded most of the way. About half-way to the lake you cross a creek with a beautiful set of cascades. The switchbacks aren’t too steep, but the altitude left me a little winded. The lake at the end is definitely worth the hike. It was gorgeous and we had the place to ourselves. Dogs loved it.

There are 22 switchbacks. Mostly shade, lots of wildflowers, dragonflies, and beautiful lake at the top. The mileage we clocked was 5.4 miles.

This trail is a series of switchbacks. It is not one of the prettier trails in my opinion. However once you get to the lake it’s a beautiful view. This is also one of the shorter trails. I have done this trail several times and have seen people of all ages on the trail.

I did this hike on 5/19/18 and it was perfect. Great weather, great trail conditions (no snow or ice) just perfect. The trail is nice and wide but it’s definitely uphill and switchbacked most of the way, and the rock is loose so going down takes more time than you’d think. There were some fallen trees, some of which were fresh, so be careful. Also, the last mile to the trailhead is rough driving so a 4WD is recommended. The town of Red River is super cool and worth a stop after. The lake at the top is totally worth the effort.

So beautiful!

hiking
9 months ago

We hiked toward the end of April. Beautiful walk the whole way. Half the walk was on loose pack dirt but the other half was in slushy snow. Waterproof shoes were useful at this point in the season with wet snow. Gorgeous lake area still mostly frozen. A very hike short hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Super fun trail. Lake at the top is beautiful. Hiked at the end of July and the temp was awesome. Coming back to take my dog soon.

hiking
Sunday, January 07, 2018

Beautiful! We did it in the winter and it was pretty icy. In two spots we had to cross frozen rivers. Definitely worth it though! Just be prepared and take it slow.
We did it in tennis shoes and it was fine, you just had to be careful

Thursday, December 28, 2017

very beautiful, went up dec 26th and the lake was frozen!

Sunday, November 05, 2017

love this trail and all the offshoots. however, it is a steep climb with ice and loose rock.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Beautiful and lots of different scenery. trail was pretty rocky and a straight up and down.

hiking
Monday, October 09, 2017

Conquered Middlefork Lake Trail again! We actually went a couple of miles out of the way but overall it was a great trip!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

It was a very strenuous uphill Hike (for me who is an avid Zumba fan), with lots of switchbacks, small Creek you have to cross logs to continue on; however the lake at the top is spectacular! Well worth all the hard work to get there.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

nice hike. have to cross small streams bring extra socks.

fishing
Saturday, August 19, 2017

This trail was challenging for us TX flatlanders, however, it was really fun...we took it slowly and practiced some fly fishing at the lake (no bites today, but great fun)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pretty lake at the end of the hike. It's worth hiking to a cliff overlooking the lake to get an overall view.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nice little weekend trip. 1.5 hours up with a 40lb pack. Only 1 hour back down to truck. Lots of day hikers but we had the lake to ourselves at night. Perfect for first timers.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

This will forever be my all time favorite camping ground. Been all over Colorado and New Mexico, and this takes the cake. I also love hiking to Wheeler from here too.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Easy trail for young and inexperienced hikers. Wide trails are easy to follow since it used to be drivable years ago. Plenty of opportunities to pick up water as long as you bring a filter!

Beautiful lake at the top!

Leave No Trace!

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Really amazing hike! Save a little energy for the lake at the end! You can hike around lake if your up for it or partial and come back!

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