Explore the best backpacking trails in New Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We didn't end up doing the trail, lots of keep out signs and an aggressive dog, not sure it's meant to be open to the public.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I love going to the Bisti. Lots of amazing rock formations. It can be hard to find the various named formations but well worth the effort!

By far my favorite hike/trail run in the Santa Fe area!! I hiked Baldy and then trekked down to Lake Katherine. Some steep exposed areas but overall fairly moderate. Can't wait to try it in the winter.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked it with our baby in a baby carrier. He did great and loved the scenery. We saw a couple deer and enjoyed the view of white sands at the end of the trail.

backpacking
5 months ago

This is a beautiful train with some tricky and steep parts, but overall, not that bad. The lake is incredible, surrounded by rocky peaks. We did a three day backpacking trip and stopping sometimes to do some rock climbing and rappelling.

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike. Fairly steady climb but not too long or technical. Easy to follow trail. Fairly heavy traffic. Does go to over 11,000 ft in elevation so altitude can negatively impact anyone not acclimated or not in decent shape.

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.

gorgeous. no other words. absolutely beautiful!
start early :)

I hiked this last weekend. the first I have hiked in the Pecos and I was left speechless and breathless.
its moderate difficulty and long if just going in and back out. so worth it though. amazing views. aspens. creek. lakes. if you have not hiked this trail...fix that and soon!

It was a great trail. Slightly above my skill level, but great scenery.

I feel like it was longer than 6.6 miles one way. I could be wrong but my Fitbit tracked it at over 11 miles just on the journey to the lake.

Only downside other than it being a longer trail than expected was the lack of firewood when getting to Lake Katherine. There were 4 other groups of campers at the lake when we went and everyone was having a hard time finding any wood for fires. Definitely being a burner if you intend on doing some cooking.