Lost Lake Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Looking for a hike that will reward you at the end? This is one of them!
It was a nice trail. It is not one of the prettiest, unfortunately. Lake Katherine and Nambe Lake in Santa Fe are much prettier. The trail was not very challenging. Decent grade. I went up via Red River, on trail number 54 (?).
Warning for hikers who are lazy in their research like me! The coordinates that All Trails has are completely wrong. Wasted a day basically trying to find this spot and ended up trespassing on private property. Oops! Thanks All Trails. Went back the next day (I don't like to give up!) based on the National Park Service's directions and found it super easy, so refer to that. I'd also suggest bringing a map as once you get close to the final "summit" (if you can call it that), the trail gets a little confusing. I got lost a couple of times. But WORTH IT! Such a stunning, tranquil hike. One of my favorites that I've done in Carson.
Beautiful trail, but don't be fooled, it ain't no joke! If you show up and think it will be an average out and back, you may be surprised. The review says moderate, I think it's upper end moderate. Prepare for a steady, steep at times, climb. Do an extra leg day at the gym or the burn will never stop. :) I see why mountain bikers like to descend it.
Now, is it worth it? When you walk around a corner and see the water through the trees...stunning. You just want to stare.
Put in the work to prepare, then enjoy it.
best trail thus far
beautiful trail, amazing views, not for the lighthearted
its a beautiful hike, long but not too steep. It is great for backpacking at the top of the lake (though becoming more popular so there is more sign of human traffic, more trash and pollution). The trail is well worn so getting lost is hard. we went to eastfork trailhead and made it up in a 2wd mazda sedan taking it slow because of some rain washout and rocky areas. horseshoe lake is pretty close by which makes it a great backpacking spot to explore a little and fish.
I have hiked this trail so many times as a boy with my Father that I lost count if how many times I've been. I have not been there in 20 year, but I am taking my two children their in August and will post a full review when I return. The previous reviews are highly accurate. The Trail is Jeep Switchbacks for the first two to three miles and then becomes a nice single track of switchbacks after that. The scenery is comparable to what I see here in the PNW, but I fell in love the mountains here when I was 8 years old. Seriously, pack light and bring plenty of water and trailside food. And definitely fish at the lake before heading the next ten to Wheeler Peak. Sign the register and enjoy an easy hike on the way back.
Hiked this in early June, still a little early in the season, ran into some left over snow. Would highly recommend this trail, the views are amazing!
This is a great trail and well kept. There are some rocky areas, but I would say 5% to 10% is rocky. It's about 5.25 miles to Lost Lake. Do not get discouraged by the long uphill climb, your reward awaits you at the end. The total elevation climb was 2,900 feet. At the top is about 11,500 feet. Take plenty of water and snack bars, you will need them. Very few trails , I rate a 5 star, but this is one of them.