Latir Peak Loop Trail is a 13.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Questa, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length13.9 miElevation gain3,707 ftRoute typeLoop
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Taylor Cook
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Taylor Cook
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Andrew Gordon
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Beautiful, lush mountain stream along most of the hike. The loop is nice because the views are very different each way. The top has plenty of open tundra to explore and we saw a lot of sheep up there. It was hazy from the Colorado fires which was a bummer, but the views were still nice, particularly of the Wheeler Peak area. The road is rough and you do need some decent clearance, at least a truck or SUV.

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Matthew Evans
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John Moulton
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Laura Burnham
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robert natzic
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Benjamin Gibson
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A lovely balloon on well-maintained trails. The best part was the wide grassy expanses above the tree line. A moderate incline the whole way up which wound up feeling like less than 3750 feet elevation gain. Max 800 feet elevation gain in the last mile to the ridge above the treeline. The last bit of road up from Cabresto Canyon road to the reservoir is rough and there is a sign discouraging passenger vehicles. Nevertheless, there were Subaru's at the trailhead.

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Celynda Tingey
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BackpackingRockyScramble

Completed on 7/4/20 going clockwise on a 3 day backpacking trip. Camped at Bull “lake” the first night. Very small but one good campsite and no other people, yay! The hike up to Latir is gorgeous but steep and a lot of elevation quickly. Camped at Heart Lake night 2, plenty of good campsites and lake was very refreshing for a quick swim. Overall one of my favorite NM backpacks: very few people after you get past Cabresto lake, hard and steep trail, plus great views. Trail well marked and maintained. Forest service crews were clearing trees on the trail as we hiked down. A side note on the road, marked as “not suitable for passenger cars”. Easy enough for a Subaru Outback to navigate, a passenger car could probably make it up in good weather. Use your best judgement. Please pack out your trash, enjoy!

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Matthew Walker
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Excellent hike with incredible views. We accidentally made the hike 14.5 miles with a couple small detours, so be aware 13.9 miles is closer to the minimum if you're bagging the peak

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Donavon Davis
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We only made it a tiny ways from the lake before my 2 year old fell asleep, so this doesn’t really count as part of the full hiking trail. The beginning at the lake is beautiful though!

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Lauren Altendorf
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It’s a challenging but beautiful hike with a well marked and maintained trail. The road to get to the trailhead is too gnarly for a car, an SUV or truck is necessary (you could also walk two miles up to the trailhead once you turn off the paved/maintained road. I started the hike at 9:30 am on a holiday weekend and didn’t see too many people on the trail until we got back closer to the trailhead.

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Caity Orellana
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7/3/19 Amazing loop trail. Camped at Heart lake, hiked to Latir peak and lollipopped around via bull creek trail. There is some snow between heart lake and Latir Mesa, but like someone said before me, it is manageable. There is, however, more snow and avalanche debris obscuring bull creek trail at the higher elevation (about 0.5 mile below where the ascending Bull Creek Trail meets the ridgeline and continues North toward Venado peak). It would be helpful to have a map or gps, but trail finding is also obvious if you know that it follows the Bull Creek Fork down to Lake fork.

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Juergen Sattler
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6/26/19 This has to be the best hike in New Mexico. First you hike 5 miles to Heart Lake. It's a steady climb but never too steep. Most people seem to either camp or turn around at the lake. For the loop continue beyond the lake and climb the switch backs to get onto the high plateau. You're now above 12,000 feet and have unobstructed views for the next 3.5 miles. You can climb any of the summits easily if you have the time. We still ran into some deep snow on the way down but it was manageable. We clocked 13.3 miles and 4,000 feet total elevation gain.

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Adam Nyholt
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Gabby Robitai
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Beautiful and challenging hike, we hiked it early August. Thanks to the good monsoon season it was amazingly green with tons of mushrooms along the way. The trail is shaded almost the entire way with the river running parallel to it. I am however surprised this trail is rated moderate; it is an aggressive incline the entire way up, rarely letting up. I would rate it an advanced/hard trail. But once you get there it's beautiful and worth the work. Latir Peak hangs overhead and great campsites around the lake. We didn't make it up to the peak, but will be back to head up for sure. We got a nice mountain drizzle for a few minutes but lucked out and it cleared up to a beautiful afternoon. Tracked roughly 9 miles up and back and 2,360 elevation gain. We didn't end up doing the loop. It's an ass kicker for sure, especially with 25+ lbs on your back.

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Nathan Hart
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Backpacking

Excellent hike. Can see plenty of Northern NM and Southern CO peaks including Wheeler and Sierra Blanca. Venado Peak is easy to tack on to this trip. From Heart Lake to the trailhead via Bull Creek hitting Latir and Venado took us about 5.5 hours.

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John Cherryhomes
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Long five miles from Cabresto Lake to entry point at Heart Lake. From their you go West a bit and follow the switchbacks up the ridge. On top it is easy hiking to all the peaks. Vernado is the highest. Typically will see Mountain Sheep and the views are quite nice. Can reach from El Rito and for a fee from the LaTir lakes.

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Marios Th.
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Todd Silva
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Johnny Sullivan
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Jer Wes
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Jesse Roberts
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Jonathan Anderson
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Giovanna Anderson
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Christian Urbina
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Calle H
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David Brenner
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