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.

hiking
25 days ago

My dog and I are standing at the end of the trail right now. Spring is such a beautiful time, the greens will never be greener, wildflowers blooming, beautiful forest, spectacular views!
Strenuous but worth it!

BTW this trail distance here is 4.7 miles out and back. My app states 3.3 miles one way to the end which connects with the Columbine TR #60 and the Lobo Peak TR #57

Which would put the total out and back at 6.6 miles

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!

1 month ago

Awesome trail, easy to follow. Short and sweet

This is the most beautiful trail. My favorite among the Taos Ski Valley trails. Hard but worth it.

hiking
1 month 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
4 months ago

This is my favorite hike in NM. It's difficult but do-able, and the views from the top are incredible.

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
5 months ago

Hiked this trail all the way to Lobo Peak and WOW. There was snow and the perfect amount! The views are really amazing and God’s glory is definitely shown out here, definitely Recommend this hike and especially to Lobo!

hiking
5 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

fishing
9 months ago

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)

One of my favorites!

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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.

Loved it. Been a few years for me, but my family does this trail at least once every year when they go up to their house there. Super green and lush and you quickly forget you're surrounded by deserts.

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
11 months ago

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!

Loved the trail--nice and shady for the most part in the morning, with many switchbacks so the elevation gain was very manageable. Beautiful waterfall half-point; gorgeous little lake at the top. Warning: there is a toilet at the lake, but it was not useable--the one at the trailhead was fine!

This trail was challenging and beautiful. Heavy pine cover for most of the hike - it follows up and crosses over a creek many times. Although we didn't get our feet wet we did get a bit muddy. There is an Aspen grove, meadows and steep climb as you get to the upper part of the trail. We got caught in a thunder storm and had to fend off mosquitoes near the top. Bring plenty of water and be prepared for storms and change of temperature. Because of the change in the weather we descended the same trail but we would have liked to try one of the other trails. This is one of the most beautiful hikes we've ever done.

hiking
11 months ago

Our group of five hiked to Middle Fork Lake a few days ago, and it was awesome! Even with a wide range of fitness levels, we managed quite well. We did wish for a jeep, truck, or ATV to drive the mile from the end of the road to the trailhead, but even that walk by the creek was pretty. Since we started out at 3 pm, the afternoon sun was perfect for photos at the waterfall and the lake. We hiked all around the lake, then headed back down the mountain, arriving at our vehicle before dark. The cold, clear lake and surrounding trail were truly spectacular and made us wish we had planned to camp out there for the night! Next time!

hiking
11 months ago

My 11 year old daughter and I did this trail with a small group. The group was of varying levels so it took us 1.5 hours to make it up to the top. Left around 10:30 from the trailhead and picnicked about 12. The lake was beautiful and well worth the trip! The trail itself was easy for footing and a nice grade so you didn't feel winded going up. Waterfall at midway point was a nice rest break and also the intersection for the Lost Lake Trail.

We love this trail and do it every year! Great for families. Wonderful view at the top and a great place for a picnic.

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