Middle Fork Lake Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Middle Fork Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red River, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1253 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
7 days ago

Conquered Middlefork Lake Trail again! We actually went a couple of miles out of the way but overall it was a great trip!

hiking
17 days ago

1 month ago

It was a very strenuous uphill Hike (for me who is an avid Zumba fan), with lots of switchbacks, small Creek you have to cross logs to continue on; however the lake at the top is spectacular! Well worth all the hard work to get there.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

nice hike. have to cross small streams bring extra socks.

fly fishing
1 month ago

This trail was challenging for us TX flatlanders, however, it was really fun...we took it slowly and practiced some fly fishing at the lake (no bites today, but great fun)

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Pretty lake at the end of the hike. It's worth hiking to a cliff overlooking the lake to get an overall view.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little weekend trip. 1.5 hours up with a 40lb pack. Only 1 hour back down to truck. Lots of day hikers but we had the lake to ourselves at night. Perfect for first timers.

2 months ago

This will forever be my all time favorite camping ground. Been all over Colorado and New Mexico, and this takes the cake. I also love hiking to Wheeler from here too.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail for young and inexperienced hikers. Wide trails are easy to follow since it used to be drivable years ago. Plenty of opportunities to pick up water as long as you bring a filter!

Beautiful lake at the top!

Leave No Trace!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Really amazing hike! Save a little energy for the lake at the end! You can hike around lake if your up for it or partial and come back!

3 months ago

Loved the trail--nice and shady for the most part in the morning, with many switchbacks so the elevation gain was very manageable. Beautiful waterfall half-point; gorgeous little lake at the top. Warning: there is a toilet at the lake, but it was not useable--the one at the trailhead was fine!

hiking
3 months ago

Our group of five hiked to Middle Fork Lake a few days ago, and it was awesome! Even with a wide range of fitness levels, we managed quite well. We did wish for a jeep, truck, or ATV to drive the mile from the end of the road to the trailhead, but even that walk by the creek was pretty. Since we started out at 3 pm, the afternoon sun was perfect for photos at the waterfall and the lake. We hiked all around the lake, then headed back down the mountain, arriving at our vehicle before dark. The cold, clear lake and surrounding trail were truly spectacular and made us wish we had planned to camp out there for the night! Next time!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

My 11 year old daughter and I did this trail with a small group. The group was of varying levels so it took us 1.5 hours to make it up to the top. Left around 10:30 from the trailhead and picnicked about 12. The lake was beautiful and well worth the trip! The trail itself was easy for footing and a nice grade so you didn't feel winded going up. Waterfall at midway point was a nice rest break and also the intersection for the Lost Lake Trail.