Trampas Lakes Trail

HARD 26 reviews
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Trampas Lakes Trail is a 11.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Chimayo, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
11.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2972 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike. It's uphill the entire way, but doesn't become tiring until maybe the last 1/3. It took us about 3.5 hours to get to the lakes, but we stopped for photos a lot. On the way down, it took around 2 hours, which included stopping to photograph the stunning moss covered trees illuminated by the setting sun. I DO NOT recommend attempting to get to the trailhead by driving east of Truchas on Forest Road 639. Even with 4WD, there are rocks and lots of water (at least during monsoon season) that made it harrowing. Instead, try 207 down from El Valle. We took that on the way back to Taos, and it was much better. There's no snow at the top by mid August.

hiking
17 days ago

19 days ago

Started the trail yesterday at 12:20pm and got to the top in about 3 hours. The hike up is fairly strenuous and is pretty much up hill he entire way (6 miles). There are beautiful streams, a group of Aspen trees, and many wild flowers along the way. When you make it to the sign at he top, go left. There you will find the first lake on the right and the left lake is just a short walk away. There are plenty of nearby streams to get fresh water at the summit and many places to set up camp with some previously made fire pits. We camped at the end of the right lake, which came with a great view and was pretty secluded from other campers. Today when we hiked down it took us about 2.15 hours, stopping a few times to talk with other hikers coming up the mountain.
I definitely recommend this hike! You can do it in one day, however I feel like you'd miss out on some of the beauty this mountain has to offer if you don't stay at least one night.
Oh and one more thing, if you don't have a truck or similar vehicle, take the longer way to drive to the trail. We started up the shorter driving route and had to turn around because the road was so rough. Enjoy!

hiking
21 days ago

backpacking
22 days ago

backpacking
24 days ago

The trail is a steady elevation gain all the way so it doesn't seem as bad as the elevation gain implies. The trail isn't very scenic until you get to the lakes but the lakes more than make up for it. There's a very large area to camp between the lakes with plenty of spots so it doesn't feel crowded like Lake Katherine can. I'd also say the lakes are more scenic than Lake Katherine. This is my favorite place in NM so far.

backpacking
25 days ago

Went last fall, was a beautiful site when you got to the lake. Had amazing views and looked like something from a magazine. I do suggest this hike! Stayed the night alone and camped out at the very start of the hike, was very peaceful. I plan to go again soon!

30 days ago

This is so far my favorite place I've hiked and camped at in New Mexico. So beautiful and peaceful. Hike up was not as bad as I thought it would be, took just over 3 hours; the switchbacks make the elevation gain not seem so bad. Even if there are a handful of people there it's easy to find a spot all to yourself.

hiking
1 month ago

Wasn't able to make it to the trail driving a Toyota Corolla. When 76 turns into 75 it becomes a dirt road that after about a mile becomes rocky and very easy for a low profile car to bottom out.

A truck would be a better choice for driving to the trail head.

backpacking
1 month ago

amazing destination. more crowded than I would have thought but still peaceful. Decent hike going up if you have gear, quick and easy going down. I would definitely recommend.

backpacking
1 month ago

Busier than expected but absolutely lovely. Took about 4.5 hours up and 2.5 down. We camped between the two lakes at the top. Not much snow left as of June 24.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great Trail! The last mile or so is packed with snow which makes the trail a bit more challenging. Be prepared with extra socks. The view is incredible.

2 months ago

2 months ago

really gorgeous pair of lakes at the end. I wish it elevated out of the treeline a little more, still a great trail.

3 months ago

9 months ago

rickiwr than expected.
gorgeous trail. when you finally reach the trampas lakes sign turn left.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike. According to my tracking it turned out to be around 13 miles. The hike is pretty difficult and is pretty much uphill the entire way. The sign at the top that is supposed to lead you to the lake has vandalized arrows pointing both ways to Trampas lake. My intuition told me to go left and I was right. We even saw a baby bear on the hike down.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike. Tree-lined all the way, so views are limited. On the trail at 7 a.m. and finished at 2:30. Felt longer than 11.3 mi. (8/25/16)