Gold Hill Trail

HARD 8 reviews
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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.

9.4 miles
3,133 feet

dogs on leash





wild flowers


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.

7 months ago

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!

Saturday, July 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!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

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

Sunday, July 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!

Thursday, March 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.

2 days ago

Sunday, July 30, 2017