Trampas Lakes Trail is a 11.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chimayo, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length11.4 miElevation gain2,539 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersRocky
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The road leading to the trailhead may be difficult for 2WD vehicles. During spring/early summer, note that you will likely encounter snow halfway up this trail. Please plan accordingly. The route on this page does not include a final push up to Sheepshead Peak. The Sheepshead Peak hike can also be found on AllTrails.

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Matthew Russell
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not too exciting, not very good views

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Sean Di ianni
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Snowy. Beautiful. Used the snowshoes the whole time, probably only needed them for the second half closest to the lake. Passed one group of 3 that was headed back out from an overnight. Snowed about 6 inches last night. They had broken trail up to about a half mile for the lake. I broke trail from there, in about 1 foot plus of snow. Arrived at lake after sunset Watched the moonlight slowly illuminate truchas peak from the west lake.

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Andrew Gordon
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Spectacularly beautiful after a fresh coat of snow, but that makes it a more tiring hike. Tried to ascend the ridge in the snow, not advisable unless it’s just a dusting. It’s too steep to do in deep powder. Also it’s extremely cold here in the morning before the sun comes up. Temps were near 0.

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Ethan Buchsbaum
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Hiked this yesterday (11/8/20), trail was clear and easy to follow but about 6-7 inches of fresh powder for the last mile or so up to the lakes. One of my favorite hikes in the area and well worth seeing with the peaks dusted in snow right now.

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Ryan Formanek
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HikingGreat!Snow

Hiked this on Halloween and there was plenty of snow on the last half - challenging but very rewarding. Didn’t see a single soul the whole time. A steady incline leads to the magnificent lake and going down is nice and easy. Arrived at trailhead ~10:30 and ended ~5pm.

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Debora Hernandez
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Super fun, exhausted but all worth it when you get to the lake. Is hard at the beginning cuz is incline. Took us 4 hours with a lot of stopping for water, pictures and snacks. And going down is pretty smooth 2.5 hours. Super recommended. Start early morning to enjoy it a little more without rushing for the sunset.

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Keith Carrieri
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Epic

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Kevin Edwards
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Yael Rosas
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Amazing trail, with nice camping spots! A bit difficult going up but really short hike. Really easy and smooth coming down.

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Amelia Anaya
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ARUN GODA
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Such a fun hike! Since we went in fall the trees were changing colors and the views were just amazing! It took us 3.5 hours to get to Trampas Lake (including several stops for video and picture) and 2.5 coming down. It is not a trail with large elevation gain so it is a pretty gradual incline. Well we were a little tired when we got to the car, our two year old pup still had energy!

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Meg Tomlinson
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Not too steep and beautiful at the top!

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ian Broglie
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Zandree Stidhan
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Awesome spot!!

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Robert Analla
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Ethan Tate
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

We backpacked and stayed 2 nights over Labor Day weekend. This is a wonderful family/pet friendly environment. Very rewarding trail if you can push to complete. Exploring hidden lakes is worth the extra miles. Plenty of water on trail no need to carry any, just take your filter straw creek was flowing great.

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Hallie B
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Backpacking

Well maintained trail. Easy to stay on course. Lots of cutthroat in the lakes! Bring your fly rod. If camping at the lakes, try to avoid weekends for the most peace and quiet. Though gorgeous up there, the weekend we backpacked up (early August) we witnessed a number of unleashed dogs tromping through camps, screaming kids, and a lot of gung-ho men with axes attacking trees.

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Fredrick Ruiz
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BackpackingGreat!

Amazing views! Took about 3 hours to hike to the top but had some tough spots due to incline. We did a 2 night backpacking trip which was incredible! Once you make it to the top, your breath will be taken away! Must see!

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Tiffany Esquibel
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Clara Valentine
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My husband and I are from Kansas City so this took us much longer than the estimated time range. We started at 11 and ended near 7. The view if Trampas Lake is soooo worth it! It's scenic the entire time. The last 2.5-3 miles were super difficult switchbacks. It was raining heavily and we were unprepared so it felt extremely cold for a while. All in all, amazing hike/day!!!

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Jeremy Miller
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Katie Brousseau
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This was amazing! My friend and I went to both Trampas lakes, as well as hidden lake. My GPS calculated 14.5 miles total. The ascend was pretty gradual, and there were just a few people on the trail. Shaded, beautiful, and lovely lakes

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Andrew Gordon
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Beautiful hike. You won’t really get any views until the lakes, but there’s a nice stream the entire way up. The lakes look awesome in the morning with no wind since you can see the reflection easily. The ridge above the lakes is a lot of fun to explore. There are two ways to get there - up one of the extremely steep grassy chutes, or by hiking through the forest and up the slope northwest of the lakes (also steep, but not scary). The views from the western ridge were my favorite. You don’t need to climb any rocks or scramble at all if you approach Sheepshead Peak from the northwest route, it’s just tiring.

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Jeb Feldman
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Spectacular! Wouldn’t say this was heavily trafficked at all. A few dozen folks over the entire hike. And it is definitely a long and unrelenting uphill but the trail is great.

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Brenton Lane
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We did a backpacking trip last week during the workweek. First night, we were completely alone (in a thunderstorm). Second day, a few others came up, but everyone respected each other’s space. By the third day there were enough people to make it feel like a regular campground. I did see lots unleashed dogs, but most everyone was respectable about it. I didn’t hear any music as mentioned in another review. The trail is very doable but the last mile and half can be pretty tough, especially if you aren’t used to the altitude. We drove from Texas (elev. 500’) and did the hike all in one day so with a can-do attitude you should be alright. It’s a beautiful area. I wish we would’ve had the time/stamina to make it up to the ridge line. We fished for trout every day, but only caught one trout on salmon eggs. I didn’t see anyone else catching anything, but I saw plenty of fish eating bugs off the top of the water. If you have time to venture over to Hidden Lake, it’s totally worth it. We saw some big horn sheep climbing up the rockslide between Trampas Lakes and Hidden Lakes. I can’t wait to come back! This was a great hike, tough enough to be rewarding, and the scenery was beautiful!

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Sheena Chakeres
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Fabulous- a steady incline gets you there relatively gently. Lots of gorgeous peaks, mossy trees, aspen groves, and cascades to keep you distracted along the way. Slippery when wet. Would make a great backpacking trip, but it was pretty busy on a Monday, so I wouldn’t attempt on the weekend.

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Brian Lane
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We hiked the Trampas Lakes trail in July and the weather and scenery were beautiful to say the least... breathtaking actually :) in more ways than one! The first few miles of trail have small elevation gains and offer several places to stop and catch your breath. Word of advice for beginners... the last mile or so is challenging due to the terrain and rapid elevation change. That being said, once you make it to the lakes it’s a sight to see! The solitude, water falls, singing birds, and sounds of rocks cracking down the slopes and echoing through the valley will stop you in your tracks. Can’t wait to go back!

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