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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 options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 1,325 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

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Forest

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Wild flowers

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Reviews (163)
Photos (96)
Recordings (149)
Completed (254)
Royce Gastineau
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Hiking

Nice hike with over 1000ft elevation gain.

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Colleen Dunlap
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Hiking

Forest, to a lovely open meadow, and forest again. I think either direction is fine to take. Cell phone reception throughout.

Monique Walton
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HikingRocky

So pretty! Beautiful meadows. Clockwise on this one - gradual climb and pretty steep descent for the last couple miles. It was sunny out and you felt it when there was no cloud cover. Got a little confused on the descent because there was no signage. Bring lots of water.

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Cindy Ruich
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Hiking

The first part of the hike is the toughest up hill and then it’s pretty gradual up and down. Trail is well cared for and the scenery is beautiful!

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Larissa Nikola-Lisa
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Hiking

Great trail for a leisurely hike. We did it the day after Wheeler peak. Moderate inclines but fairly easy trail. Beautiful meadow at the top. Signage is not great. Take a photo of the map at the trailhead and follow signs labeled #1 for the loop trail. Saw some cows in the pasture and lots of birds.

Roland Esparza
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Hiking

We greatly enjoyed this hike. Most of the trail is protected by trees from direct sunlight. Although we did not see any horses, it is clear that they share the trail. You can see the angel fire ski area from parts of the trail. Be careful with the route you take because some users have gone off trail for their recording. The trail was not crowded today. There were two people mountain biking and two people hiking the trail from what we could see.

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Kurtis Pittman
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Hiking

Not a bad trail. Was 6 miles as we didn’t go counter clockwise first then back around. Clockwise for sure. Nice meadow near the top. My two kids did good ages 6 and 5. Took us about 2:20 to travel the 6.05 miles.

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Parker Clovis
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HikingRocky

Very nice trail with beautiful nature and forest scenery. No water intersections so bring plenty of water. My dog had problems with the heat and lack of shade, but that’s partially because he’s a husky and it’s the end of June. All in all, I would recommend this trail on a not-so-hot day, and bring plenty of water.

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Alisha Johnson
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HikingRocky

First, sorry for forgetting to stop the recording. We actually hiked a little over 6 miles. Beautiful forest trail. Some comments mentioned traveling clockwise. We did not, but here is my guess as to reason for the suggestion: you will travel uphill on more sandy ground (rather than downhill on slippery sand), the only vista views of Angel Fire and Eagle Nest Lake are on the first half (not really important), the first half is less shaded so starting with it when it is cooler may be preferable. The trail is rocky and several times there were small off shoots we had to check the map. Interesting forest service weather station we saw along the way.

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Ryan Whiteside
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Hiking

Not the most exciting trail and few views. Mostly on a road that seems like its closed to motorized vehicles but I actually saw few signs of indicating this. Its mostly if not all double track, a forest service road. Theres a some nice meadows, especially one at the half way point. Would be a nice, fairly non-technical bike ride.

Griffin Rutherford
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Running

Excellent trail with great views! Overall good condition. The landscape varies from Aspen Forrests to sprawling views of the Carson National Forrest. One section towards the top of the trail looks like it was deliberately burned due to a section of charred trees and red leaves. It was still stunning! Make sure you either bring a map or download the data from AllTrails since there isn't too much signage.

Wayne Strebe
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Hiking

Enjoyable hike but the sign and map are confusing. Trail could definitely have better markers. There are firebreaks, miscellaneous trails, and trails not mentioned that are confusing. It is the Forest Service so I guess that is to be expected.

Matthew H
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HikingRocky

Trail was about 5.8 miles and took around 3:10 to complete with a couple breaks and a 6 & 7 year old. Most all of the trail is 5-6 ft wide and it is either an incline or decline, very little flat spots. Decent amount of horse poop on the trails and it looks like a bit of the hill had been logged or damaged in fire. Overall a good enough hike but I’d rate it at easier than the moderate rating it has and not really scenic since their is only 1 pond, no streams and only a couple scenic overlook spots.

Tim Thompson
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Fred Schwegler
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy loop. Took us 2.5h (moderatly swift pace). I recommend to walk CLOCKWISE. Signage has weak spots. I was glad I had AllTrails. Excellent TMobile data coverage (even some 5G) for 80% of the trail. Only past the high meadow did I experience blackouts. Sneakers are fine. Could even do Chacos or Birkenstocks if you don't mind the occasional gravel in your shoe. The hike leads through some surprisingly lush forest (it might have helped that it was the beginning of June). Moderate elevation gain (may be strenuous in case you're out of shape). Open meadows on top. No fauna sightings apart from a few butterflies, some chipmunks and a snake. Beautiful wildflowers (please do not touch). See my pictures.

Kyle Ross
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Hiking

We hiked this trail yesterday and it was beautiful! We had a group of 5 with varying endurance levels and it was totally doable for everyone. Really pretty views looking out as we hiked, but no real look out points until we got to the meadow at the top. The meadow was super pretty with lots of wild irises and a view of the mountains. I’d recommend hiking the trail clockwise.

Laura Sullivan
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Hiking

Nice steady climb to beautiful high meadow with wild irises.

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Grace Darrow
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Hiking

This was an amazing trail! It was a nice and easy way to start hiking in the area and it was absolutely stunning! I would 100% recommended it and I would definitely hike it again.

Claudia Legere
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HikingIcySnow

Unable to do the full trail because of snow. Look forward to trying it again in a month or two.

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Alli Maloney
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HikingSnow
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David Biggs
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HikingSnow

We really enjoyed this trail. We went to go snowshoeing but ended up never putting the snowshoes on because the trail was pretty well packed down from the snowmobiles that had previously been on it. The snowmobile tracks also made it very easy to follow the trail. There were times when the snowshoes might have made it easier but really wasn’t required this day. The way we went it was pretty much uphill the entire first half and downhill the second half. The dogs really enjoyed it as well.

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Virginia St. John
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HikingMuddySnow

Completed the loop in early November, which admittedly may not be the best time for this one. The views of Angel Fire, Eagle Nest Lake and Wheeler are the same as those along 64. The trail may be stunning when the aspens are changing, but otherwise it’s absent of significant water features or summit views and is mostly a forest road used for trail rides. Hiking clockwise, the climb is relatively gentle if long. The trail gets a little confusing toward the end as it cross-crosses forest roads, but not hard to find if you follow the app.

Brian M.
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Mountain bikingRocky

Steep and rocky 2 mi uphill, but worth the fast downhill back to the trailhead!

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Coel Bishop
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Hiking

It was a beautiful moderate trail. Went with two small pups for our first hike in altitude since we arrived and it was a good balance of challenge and ease.

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Pam Titzer-Martin
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Hiking

At the beginning of my hike, a couple of fellow hikers handed me a “lucky rock.” Always a good sign. Yes it is rocky, but the Aspens were magnificent! I was only able to hike 5.1 miles of this trail, but I enjoyed it. I am 63 & getting back into hiking.

Lauren Docherty
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Hiking

I'm not sure why all the negative reviews on this one. I've done 3-5 mile parts of it several times and enjoyed it each time. The trail is used for horseback riding, although I've never encountered any. That being said if you want a completely difficult to navigate path with rocky footing and loose gravel this isn't for you. it's a well maintained trail with beautiful views of Eagle nest lake and Angel Fire and Wheeler Peak during the first 3 miles or so. then you climb into forest and follow the US 64 up.

el guapo
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Mountain biking

Super fun! Download the map, some sections are a little wild.

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Rene C.
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HikingRocky

Hiked today: more of road than trail, brief views of Angel Fire and Wheeler, steep in spots with intermittent shade, fairly rocky, mountain bikes. Not a great trail but an ok day hike, not suitable for small children.

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