Williams Lake Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews
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Williams Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley, 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1013 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

hiking
5 days ago

Nice hike, lake was frozen.
Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.
Recommend micro spikes or something similar due to the ice/show.
Sign to trail-head road stated "4-wheel-drive" only, however there were vehicles in parking lot that were not 4x4. Was a very steep climb to the trail-head.
Arrived at the trail-head Sun around 1100 and parking lot was not full and had plenty of places to park.
Trail is marked with blue spray paint on the trees if you get lost.
Since AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions.

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
21 days ago

Fun trail with a beautiful lake at the end. We did the hike on Black Friday, and it was definitely busier than we expected at the lake, but the trail didn’t feel overwhelmingly crowded.

There was a lot of packed down and icy snow, so be sure to bring shoes with good traction. We lucked out with weather, but it would be easy to feel cold if you don’t bring warm enough clothing.

trail running
28 days ago

Lovely! Overcast and cold AF, perfect for a run. A bit of ice but easy to navigate. Lake is gorgeous and if we were better dressed we might have gone on to the peak. Don’t be a dumbass and forget your hat and gloves

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a cold grey windy day but it didn’t matter.... it was so beautiful and the trees protected us from the wind the entire way up. Situated in a incredible alpine bowl

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Just right for a vigorous afternoon adventure. Be sure to bring a hat and gloves--it gets windy and cold up there even when it's temperate in Taos.

1 month ago

Awesome views and moderate hike. Take a picnic for a great time! Remember, pack it in pack it out!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail during my stay in NM in August and again in September (on the way up to Wheeler's Peak). It is by far one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The hike itself is not too difficult with a mild but pretty continuous incline. The trail is wide and well marked but definitely rocky. Along the trail there are trees and many flowers. The lake is gorgeous, surrounded by mountains and so blue. If I am ever back in the area I hope to camp at the lake... absolutely beautiful!

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Don’t be put off by the gravel Jeep trail the first 1/2 mile; gets better as you go. Be sure to hike to the waterfalls beyond the lake. It’s just another 8 minutes using the trail to the right of the lake.

2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes I've ever done, absolutely beautiful at the end!!!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was okay, but not as glorious as all the comments on this page make it seem. Expectation and reality was completely different. The hike up to the lake was definitely rocky like everyone said, and it was steep, but it was not easy as some of the ridiculous comments here say it is. We saw a lot of people suffering on this trail.

The lake was rather average once you get there. It's surrounded by endless boulders and green rocks and colorless mountain peaks without trees; however, depending on your experience this might be nice for some people.

The lake sits in a bowl surrounded by canyons that pick up a lot of wind that shoots across the lake, so be prepared for a windy reward at the top. It gets cold when you crest the top because of the wind, so be prepared to add layers of clothing. We were there mid-September.

If you've ever hiked in the Rocky Mountains, this trail and lake might disappoint you as it did with our party. Also, Taos Ski Valley was terribly boring. There is nothing to do in this little ski town. We planned on staying four days, but checked out of our room after only two days.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago