Middle Fork Lake Trail

MODERATE 19 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.

4.3 miles
1253 feet
Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips

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wild flowers


1 hour 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.

2 hours 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!

5 days ago

13 days 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!

15 days 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!

15 days 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!

17 days ago

19 days 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.

20 days ago

We love this trail and do it every year! Great for families. Wonderful view at the top and a great place for a picnic.

horseback riding
24 days ago

8 months ago

9 months ago

Middle Fork Trailhead is actually in Red River NM, not Questa.

9 months ago

October 2016. We used to go frequently on dirt bikes and have not been up here in about 15 years. Now closed to all motorized vehicles. Still as beautiful as I remember. Great hike and worth the effort. If you are not used to the altitude, take your time, you will not be disappointed. Don't forget to dress in layers as you will get hot going up. The lake can be breezy and chilly. Brief rain showers are always a possibility. Water and snacks are a good idea as well. Save access to the lake. PLEASE DON'T CUT THE TRAILS!

9 months ago

We hiked to the lake in July 2016. It is a beautiful hike. It is steep in some parts, "we did not follow the old road.". The lake at the top is worth the hike. We followed the water all the way back down. I have hiked all over the Red River NM area and this will be on our list every time now.
Like some of the others said. You follow 578 through the valley until the pavement ends. You can park there, or drive back about a mile to the little parking area. The road is rough.
Thumbs up.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

One of the best trails around this area. Has a awesome lake. This trail is located close to Red River NM not Questa.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Good snowshoe trip.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Great hike. Strong trails and consistent climb. Well worth the effort at the top.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Friday, March 02, 2012

Old jeep road to Waterfall at 1/2 point. At junction to Lost Lake Trail waterfall and trail swichbacks up to the lake. Good hike for families. It's can be touch if not acclaimated to the 9000' plus altitude. Lake is stocked with trout.
Good backcountry route up to Wheeler Peak and over to Taos Ski Valley.