Latir Peak Loop Trail

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

Distance: 13.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,707 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
2 months ago

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!

hiking
3 months ago

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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bugs
snow
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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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private property
4 months ago

backpacking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

backpacking
Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, March 08, 2012

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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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Monday, August 27, 2018

recorded latir peak!

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

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