Gold Hill Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Valdez, New Mexico that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,133 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

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 Ski Valley from top of rigde by going south. Once at Goose Lake a fun hike to take. It is 8 miles back to road from Lake.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
snow
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

We hiked from Taos Ski Valley today and our route was 12 miles. From the parking lot we hiked up Bull of the Woods trail for 1 mile right past Long Canyon Trail (our return path) and turned left on the slightly further Wheeler Peak Trail. After about a mile and a half turn left on Gold Hill Trail. (If you want you can hike slightly further and see the Yurt and then double back to Gold Hill Trail. Gold Hill Trail is quite challenging to follow. The first mile is up and then it levels out for about a mile. We followed old footprints in the snow and occasionally found the dirt trail. If you lose the trail find the ridge line on your left and follow it. There are clearings with great views back to the ski valley and beyond. You will eventually see Gold Hill up and to your right. It’s a fairly easy one and half mile hike to the peak. Today we saw many long horn sheep. The views are great including down to Goose Lake. We hiked back to the Long Canyon Trail and took a right to head down. Due to snow and lack of markings the trail is hard to follow at the top. The key is to create your own switch backs down. After perhaps a half mile you’ll find the easy to follow trail. It’s perhaps another two and a half miles to the end of Long Canyon Trail. Turn right on Bull of the Woods for a mile walk back to the parking lot. Remember the Taos summer afternoon rains. We saw the storms coming in and quickly made our way from Gold Peak to Long Canyon Trail. On the way down there was good sized hail and lots of rain. Also, there were many downed trees that we and our dogs had to navigate over and under. It was a great hike with terrific views. The route is moderate, but as stated following the trail was quite a challenge. Our long lunch and leisurely pace took about 7 hours for the 12 miles.

hiking
snow
10 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views and wide open space near the top. Spectacular with snow but I would recommend it early in the season. The part in the forest (or canyon, depending on route) from Bull of the Woods up is miserable with deep snow drifts. Hiked mid-June 2019 and the drifts were still 4-5 ft and hard to get over. Ensure you have GPS/trail map because the trail is almost impossible to find when it’s covered. Worth it once you get above tree line!

hiking
9 months ago

We did this hike counter clockwise on 9/3 and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a continuous climb for the first 3 miles, but then it is relatively flat for a couple of miles. Save energy for the final climb to Gold Hill summit. You know you are there when you see the wind break, thank you whoever built this, it’s windy at the summit. The descent on Long Canyon trail was pleasant in the shade. The complete hike took us 7 hours with breaks. Take some calories with you!

hiking
9 months ago

So we did an out and back instead of the loop. It's a difficult hike for intermediate hikers, and a moderate challenge for experienced hikers. The trail itself is in great condition, so jogging or bringing a dog along would work great.

hiking
10 months ago

What an amazing hike! The views are stunning once you break out above the trees, and the woods are peaceful along the way. Streams abound. We hiked the loop counterclockwise - Wheeler Peak Trail to Gold Hill Trail and down Long Canyon Trail. Going this way, the first 4 1/2 miles are uphill - relentlessly uphill with no respite! Respect the altitude! LOL! Once you are on the final offshoot to Gold Hill (and you still have a little energy!), you CAN get an amazing view by going off trail a little to the right near the Lobo Peak Trail offshoot and see both sides of this ridge without going all the way to the top of Gold Hill. Beautiful! By then, I was SO willing to give up my initial desire to go all the way to the top! Once you head back down and cross the main creek on Wheeler Peak Trail, take 15 minutes to sit on a rock next to the creek and soak your feet. Very cold but very refreshing! Also, start this hike early in storm season. It took us nearly 4 1/2 hours going up and just under 2 hours coming back down. Enjoy!!!

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

This trail was intense! We took the canyon trail up to gold hill, then down to goose lake and goose creek to the main red river road, 578. So we did not do the wheeler peak trail. You gain the most elevation in the first mile in comparison to the rest. There are no switchbacks. The 4th mile is the hardest, going over 600ft above the tree line to get to the top. We could hardly breathe on gold hill so we couldn’t stay long, it did have truly amazing views though. Take the extra .5 miles to make it to the top of gold hill and not just where the app says it ends on the map. It was the most difficult hike we’ve ever done for sure!! I almost threw up!!

hiking
10 months ago

We hiked this trail as a warm up for Wheeler Peak the following day. Believe it or not, I found this hike much harder then Wheeler Peak. The trail is straight up with limited switchbacks. You follow a stream most of the way so the sound is very relaxing. The trailhead is just up the dirt road (Twining Rd.) by the bathrooms. This trail was not very populated the day we hiked so it was almost as if we had the mountain to our selves.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this loop trail 6/22/19 There is still lots and very deep snow once you get off the Wheeler Peak trail. Gold Hill Trail was the worst. Difficult to find the trail and lots of post holing. My advice is to take Long Canyon up and down and you'll want spikes and poles with the ski pole attachment. We also had gaiters which helped to keep our feet dry. The views from Gold Hill are phenomenal all around.

hiking
snow
Sun Jun 02 2019

Did it 06/01.Amazing views. Gold hill trail covered in snow, like feet of it. No blazes and hardly any foot traffic to follow prints. Felt very sketchy divining the trail like that. Recommend waiting until it thaws out. Also, the directions for this trail end at the false summit. True summit is like .5 more miles. You’ll know you’re there because there’s a stone semi-circular windbreak

hiking
Sat Oct 20 2018

A difficult hike, but very well worth the effort. Bring a jacket, it can be very very windy at the top. Fall weather was especially cold and windy. But the views along the trail in the forest and then the mountain peaks at the top of the trail were amazing. Makes the hike worth it.

hiking
Tue Jan 02 2018

Great trail and for me it was better in the winter. Usually this place is suppose to be swamped with snow but right now it was just right!

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

Gold Hill is definitely worth the trek. Climbing from Goose, be sure to have poles because the trail is steep with loose skree. No water along this trail, and it's further than it looks, so take water ands few calories with you. Fantastic views from the top!

hiking
Sun Jul 20 2014

Awesome hike! Saw marmots and mountain goats. Great terrain, beautiful wildflowers. Nice challenge. Amazing view at the top. Explore along the ridge!

hiking
Sun Jul 14 2013

Great hike, especially the section of the trail above tree line. Wonderful views to the south. Plan to get an early start to be back below treeline before afternoon thunderstorms roll in. And a post-hike beer at the Bavarian is a must!

hiking
Thu Mar 08 2012

Trail is incorrect shown as near Valdez, NM. In fact it is near Red River, NM Yskr 4WD road to Goose Lake. Hike up switchbacks above lake and go north on ridge, follow trail to Gold Hill. Easy climb. Fanstastic views. The back side, once over the ridge is full of old mining sites. Interesting. And just a short, 2 mile hike to Taos Ski Valley.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

recorded Gold Hill Trail

hiking
8 months ago

recorded Recording - Sep 17, 4:59 PM

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Showing results 1 - 28 of 34