Lobo Peak Via Italianos Canyon Trail

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Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area

Lobo Peak Via Italianos Canyon Trail is a 11.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3,772 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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snow
12 days ago

Beautiful stream side canyon hike. Lots of water crossings, but nothing remotely challenging. As of MDW 2020, there's still snow after about 2.5 miles, though mostly manageable as it is well packed or easily deviated around, that is until 3.5 mi, where it is full snow coverage. It gets dicey around where the final switchbacks begin as the slope is too steep and the trail route is easily lost. Still made it to the top of the canyon and once on the ridge attempted Lobo Peak, but the snow was packed hard and nothing but elk prints to follow so the attempt was aborted. Without proper sticks and waterproof or cold weather gear, I'd advise to hold off on going beyond the final meadow for at least another week or two.

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1 month ago

First 1.5 miles are great then would likely need snow shoes. Beautiful!

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1 month ago

Really beautiful but still too much snow to go up very far unless you have snow shoes

The first 1.5 miles is very do-able. The terrain is relatively easy and feels like a woodland trek. After that it gets rather steep and much more challenging. I got to 1.8 before turning around. The river is wonderful. Lots of shade, wildflowers and butterflies. Saw a grouse or quail with babies at 1.6. Stopped multiple times to take photos and enjoy the sounds and smells of the forest. Beautiful glades and meadows with a particularly lovely aspen glade at about 1.3 mark. Really pretty trail.

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rocky
10 months ago

beautiful hike of thick forest, meadows and a river. The downside is very steep inclined switchbacks to get up & down.

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10 months ago

We went to a large flat meadow at 2.7 miles. Consistently steep to that point. There's a false meadow just prior so go another 500 yds for a break. 4 hrs 45 mins total round trip. 17 water crossings and just beautiful shady trail.

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11 months ago

We did not make it to Lobo peak due to the rain. The journey was lovely, the steam went along most of the way and wildflowers everywhere

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11 months ago

This trail is beautiful with multiple river crossings. At this time of year, though, the upper part of the trail near lobo peak trail was still under mounds of snow. We pushed through and almost got lost because the trail disappeared under a field of snow multiple times. Luckily, we had service (Verizon) so I could compare where we were to the marked trail on Alltrails. This helped us scramble to the top (1 mile took over an hour) We came down La Mantanita trail, which was better but still had plenty of snow to deal with on the upper section. Wild flowers are starting to come up. My recommendation: enjoy the the lower 4 miles of La Mantanita - plenty of wildflowers and butterflies- and wait a couple weeks for the snow to melt before trying to summit.

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Thu Oct 25 2018

A favorite for years. The last push to the top of Italianos can be challenging (usually a log across the switch backs there) but absolutely worth it! The Lobo peak trail is my favorite part of this hike! Offering some awesome views of the ski valley, Gold hill, the Rio Grande once your on the peak.

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Sat Oct 13 2018

Fantastic hike! Quite hard if you are not accustomed to the altitude. About 2 feet of snow up there right now. Oct. 12th 2018

Sun Sep 02 2018

Amazing hike! Highly recommend... the Italianos portion is probably more like a 5-5.5 hike each way as we turned around at 4.4 and hadn’t hit the “sign” yet.

Mon Jul 23 2018

my brother (16) and I (18) did this trail on accident, but it was awesome! Going up was beautiful and we loved the little meadows on the trail. Going down was also fun because we basically ran the whole thing. :)

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Thu Jul 12 2018

We went up Italianos for about 1.2miles until the aspen grove. It is one of the most beautiful hikes I have done. Recommended by a Taos local to us. We saw so many different types of flowers and moss. The trail crosses over the creek quite a few times. Wear good shoes it is a little rocky at parts.

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Wed Aug 02 2017

One of my favorites!

Sat Jul 22 2017

Loved it. Been a few years for me, but my family does this trail at least once every year when they go up to their house there. Super green and lush and you quickly forget you're surrounded by deserts.

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Fri Jul 07 2017

This trail was challenging and beautiful. Heavy pine cover for most of the hike - it follows up and crosses over a creek many times. Although we didn't get our feet wet we did get a bit muddy. There is an Aspen grove, meadows and steep climb as you get to the upper part of the trail. We got caught in a thunder storm and had to fend off mosquitoes near the top. Bring plenty of water and be prepared for storms and change of temperature. Because of the change in the weather we descended the same trail but we would have liked to try one of the other trails. This is one of the most beautiful hikes we've ever done.

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