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hiking
11 days ago

This was a beautiful but decently strenuous day hike. Avoid FR 639 as you come out of Truchas unless you want a fun 4-wheeling experience. Going around to FR 207 (El Valle Road) is a more relaxing route. Only a couple of cars there when we arrived. Make sure to stop and look around occasionally, as it is easy to keep looking down and focus on the trail. Didn’t see anyone going up until we got to the lakes, then saw a couple of camping groups there. A very beautiful area.

My 13 year old daughter and I started Friday 7/13 and hiked the 5.6 miles (2.5 hours) to Trampas Lakes. We were the only soules there and we had the whole place to ourselves! Stayed one night and made the return hike in 2 hours and 12 minutes. Finally saw one couple hiking up as we we're headed down.

Definitely uphill on the way to the lake and we took a few breaks.

According to my Fitbit, the trail from the parking area is about 13 miles out and back. There were a lot of cars in the lot, but we had long stretches where we didn’t see anyone which was nice. Beautiful views with lots of flowers and minimal bugs.

hiking
3 months ago

We took road 207 following the recommendation done by Brenda, (thank you) we couldn't see a sign for Trampas Lake or Forest Road 207 from Hwy 76 instead it read El Valle Rd.
The scenery was beautiful once we got to Trampas Lake we also decided to go to Hidden Lake which is a mile from the Trampas Lake sign. Very nice hike

This was definitely one to put in the memory books! Definitely got cold and windy at night but I would totally do it again!

this hike is strenuous, but very rewarding when you get to the lakes. the views are phenomenal.

backpacking
3 months ago

I also went on Memorial Day weekend! There was quite a bit of folks but it wasn't that packed or outrageously crowded. Plenty of room to camp at the lakes and everyone was courteous. Great trail for a first time backpacker! There were alot of dogs on the trail and on the campsites. No snow on the trail by this time of year but you see some snow off the trail in a few scattered areas and a bit on the peaks. The trail was well maintained...a few trees here and there to climb over and some creeks and streams you had to get through. The elevation change wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and it was less steep than I thought. There are a few switchbacks during the last couple of miles before you get to the lakes but they weren't too bad. Free parking. Just wish they had trashcans at the trailhead parking lot.

The views and the scenery were just gorgeous. Well worth the arduous backpacking experience. The area is so green and something you would expect in New Mexico. If you plan to camp overnight, definitely layer up b/c it gets chilly at night.

Getting there: I recommend taking the 207 instead of the 639, even though it's a longer route, since it's better maintained and more grated.
Toilets: There is one pit toilet before you get to the trailhead parking lot...maybe a couple of miles before on the 207 and then another pit toilet at the trailhead parking lot. Of course no toilets once you get on the trail or anywhere near the lakes ;)

backpacking
3 months ago

Memorial Day weekend 2018 was packed! I was surprised but there was ample camping space on top. The trail itself was a little beaten up with trees blocking the path (likely due to the winter frost), but nothing too difficult to get around. There was some snow still left near the lakes but quickly melting. It never got below freezing but it was chilly and windy at times. Fly fishing is definitely possible, lots of trout in both lakes.

This is my second hike to an alpine lake but the first hike to pack in and camp overnight. The trail is well defined and is maintained by the US Forestry Service. Trampus is two beautiful alpine lakes separated by a raised area that is one option for pitching a tent. The backdrop is a rocky cliff reaching up to several peaks.

Beautiful trail and the lakes are well worth the trip. I did it in one day, there and back. Doable and it gets a little steeper after mile 3.

Interesting trail. We had no problem finding it.

backpacking
4 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful trail. While the trail can be completed easily within single day, I would recommend backpacking and staying at the top for a night. The view is gorgeous and the trail is very lightly traversed. You will pretty much have both lakes to yourself. There was some snow on the route but the trail is perfectly passable. At the lakes it gets really cold and windy at night so make sure you are dressed accordingly and carry winter backpacking gear.

So beautiful and totally worth it. If climbing in the spring time, plan for lots of snow at the top!

As of May 1st still lots of snow on the last mile or so before the lake.

Impossible to find.... locals have no clue what the map is showing.

Fantastic Trail- As you climb the grade is very reasonable and the view from lakes is truly spectacular. If you only do 1 Hike in the Pecos this would be it!

My brother and i hiked this in late December.. The weather on the ascent was just lovely at 40-55F. I had to take off my outer layer to keep from burning up on ascent but glad i had it on the descent. The last 20% or so of the trail on way to lake is tougher due to lots of slick ice in spots and slightly deeper (1-2 ft or so) of snow, plus slight incline and a few spots you have to cross ice on logs. All doable though. Bring more water than you need and energy bars or fruit and rest awhile at the top. I made the mistake of forgetting food and i started burning out about 1 mile from top. The grassy area surrounding the lake is perfect for a power nap. Gorgeous views and a hike that tests your stamina more than anything if you are in decent shape. We had a full moon and with headlamp getting down was easy at 1.5 hrs vs 2.5 hours going up. Truly a gem!

backpacking
11 months ago

Awesome hidden away place for some awesome views

backpacking
Thursday, August 31, 2017

Beautiful hike! We planned to stay overnight and got a late start. We are very fit and fast hikers in our mid 30s and 40s and we got to Hidden Lake in less than 3 hours with 30lb packs on (booking it a bit more than usual to beat total darkness and cold hands!). We intended to go stay at Trampas Lakes, but got confused by the sign pointing in multiple directions and wound up taking the clear, but unmarked, trail to Hidden Lake. We weren't sorry-- we had the camp area there completely to ourselves on a Friday night and hiked back out the next day. Taking our time more to stop and take photos, we made it back down from Hidden Lake in 2.5 hours.

This is a beautiful trail with a kind of rainforesty feel-- moss, ferns, mushrooms, gently rushing river, wild berries, etc. There are several creek/river crossings, but most of them have several options of getting across on logs. As we're in monsoon season, there are many muddy/soggy patches along the trail, most of which can be avoided somewhat. The lake areas themselves are scenic and peaceful. Didn't see much wildlife aside from a few squirrels, chipmunks, woodpeckers, and other birds.

Driving tip: we took the "long route" in our Prius. The last 4-5 miles of FSR 207 are just do-able in dry conditions with cautious and attentive driving, but I wouldn't want to put the car through that too often. There are a few camping areas along that stretch of road should you decide to pull off and hike in from there.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Requires a good effort. 60,fairly fit, with 35lb pack: 4 hour hike up- 2.75 down. Several rest stops, especially higher up. Carry ample drinking water for the hike up. Best advice on getting to thectrailhead - unless you have a serious 4wd vehicle, don't take the shortcut. It will save you maybe 20 minutes- but only if you make it through. Just turn left in Truchas, following 76. Go thru Trampas, then right turn onto 207. Go past El Valle, then to the trailhead another 5-6 miles down the road. This time of year, take rain gear. We got hail and rain most of the way down. Have fun. Pack it in, pack it out- Please keep our trails beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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!

backpacking
Monday, July 24, 2017

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
Monday, July 24, 2017

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!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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
Saturday, July 01, 2017

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
Friday, June 30, 2017

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
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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
Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

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

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