East Fork Red River Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
#16 of 33 trails in

East Fork Red River Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.0 miles
1,840 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers


2 months ago

This is my favorite trail in Red River. The trail gives you access to both lost lake and horseshoe lake. At the end of the trail you will see a sign with direction to both lakes. I was told you can also access Wheeler peak from this trail. I plan on attempting that next year.

This trail has some of the most beautiful views of any trail in Red River. However, the first few miles are wooded. The trail really gets beautiful after you cross the bridge. My favorite part of the hike was the end of the trail to lost lake.

See my recording for pictures

2 months ago

Great hike, gradual climb the whole way. First 2 miles was a lot of dead-fall making it very slow going. Lake was nice and the views were amazing. Spent the night at the lake and the wind was at a minimum making the weather very enjoyable. Dogs also had a great time.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful trail, and great for beginners and young hikers. My 80 year old grandmother made it a mile down the trail with no problem. We hiked in July when the snow was clear, and there is relatively little traffic compared to Middle Fork trails. There is a lovely bridge a few miles in, and you can connect with Lost Lake, Horseshoe Lake, and Wheeler from this trail! I'm

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Deep woods and easy 7 mile one way hike to bridge across river.
Follows the East Fork of the Red River from trail head. Ditch Cabin is right at trail head. Good was to do a 360 from Trail Head to bridge, then up to Lost Lake/Horseshoe Lake Trail junction. Left on trail to Horseshoe then up to Wheeler Peak. You can then return to junction and continue to Lost Lake, Middle Fork Lake and back to East Fork trail head. A full day or make it an overnight with camping at Horseshoe Lake area. Lovely in Fall with the Aspens turning.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Monday, November 14, 2016

recorded Red River Hike

Wednesday, July 20, 2016