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Very rewarding hike-worth the effort to get to the springs!

backpacking
8 hours 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.

hiking
18 hours ago

For a good challenge I definitely recommend this hike. We made it past the treeline but not all the way to Lake Peak (didn't think our skills were up to par) Past the treeline I recommend a wind breaker or light jacket as it did get chilly. The views are amazing and the trail was not too hard to follow. Some small patches of snow and ice in the shade but none on the trail. My partner and I are in our early 30s and in somewhat good shape. The incline is pretty consistent and rocky at times but it is so worth it. I recommend doing the Nambe Lake trail first like we did (not in the same day) and then doing this one where you get an amazing view of the lake from above.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail makes you work for the privilege of viewing the beautiful Alpine Lost Lake!

I would agree with another viewer that this trail is more than moderate.
My app showed 11.8 miles out and back and 51 floors.

Snow on the 2ft wide ledge of the sheer cliff trail made this part of the trail treacherous. Be careful and take your time, its a journey not a race

Hiked this trail yesterday. Was very windy and cold at the top. Snow on some parts of the trail past the treeline. Great views and well worth it!

Trail snow covered except for the last and first quarter mile or so. Hard to follow after you clear the wood line. Had trouble on the ice until I put my microspikes on. Still tough in places. Dress warm toward the top. Gusty winds. Great view. Might be best to wait until ice melts if time permits. Take plenty of water and some high energy snacks and take a meal and enjoy the view.

I did this hike on 5/19/18 and it was perfect. Great weather, great trail conditions (no snow or ice) just perfect. The trail is nice and wide but it’s definitely uphill and switchbacked most of the way, and the rock is loose so going down takes more time than you’d think. There were some fallen trees, some of which were fresh, so be careful. Also, the last mile to the trailhead is rough driving so a 4WD is recommended. The town of Red River is super cool and worth a stop after. The lake at the top is totally worth the effort.

beautiful hike this afternoon!

This was a very nice hike. Other hikers were friendly and considerate. Dog were leashed for the most part and kept under control.

Easily one of the most beautiful hikes in NM! Hiked yesterday with my partner, dogs, and two children (10 and 11). The trail was heavily used, even for a Saturday. It is a steep, steady climb, but should be manageable for most. We aren't accustomed to the elevation and thus took a few more breaks than usual. This just gave us extra time to appreciate the stunning old growth forest. Reminds me of hikes in the PNW (without the rain!)

The lake itself is beautiful and surrounded by interesting alpine life. Take the time to cross over to the waterfall on the far side, it is lovely (and full of the best quality water earth provides).

We plan to return with camping gear soon :).

The Truchas lakes are my favorite destination in the Pecos. Skyline trail is absolutely beautiful. The treck is a difficult one but it’s totally worth it.

We love this trek and typically take it as the first portion of a trek to Truchas peaks.

2 days ago

Beautiful coming down at sunset. I’d call it moderate. Plan time to do part of the crest trail as well since the view from the top is obscured by trees

Easy to moderate, depending on the weather. Impossible to miss. Not very frequented. Took me (woman, 210lbs) 2:45 hours including two ten minutes breaks.

We didn’t read the comments so when we finally went into the Four Seasons for directions both the doorman and the Concierge denied all knowledge of the trail! We gave up and did the Rio En Medio instead.

pretty new mexico views in the valley and it takes you down to the rim of Rio Grande Gorge. Flat most of the way. It says a little over 10 miles, but there are actually trails around the area that you can connect to that probably can cut it down to 8 miles if you plan it. A great place to mountain bike. I was jealous of everyone with a bike

Hike is beautiful all the way, and what a destination!! Starts at the Taos Ski area. If we had more time, we'd probably have gone up to Wheeler Peak, but we did it the morning we were heading out of town

I enjoyed this hike today with friends. Perfect loop. Not to long or too short. Enjoyed watching the butterflies and looking at the different wildflowers.

So beautiful!

hiking
4 days ago

Very easy & accessible. Boardwalk all the way out & back. Some information boards. It's a beautiful place.

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

Wonderful trail with great views. The equestrian campground had no water, so i had to drive 3 miles down to the state park to get water for my horse. Other then that, the camp was great.

Beautiful hike. We went at the end of April. A lot of snow and ice near the top. It even started snowing very heavily for about 15 minutes. The trail is hard to follow at times. Always find the river! If you stay with it you will be fine. The lake is beautiful and worth the work. Beginning and end are fairly steep. Don’t give up!

The trail is clear of snow, hard to follow at times because there are many off-shoots. Alltrails app was intermittent with Verizon service so I was able to use it with some success to get to the lake.

Easy walk but not a lot going on for the majority of it. Did see a snake & fox though.

The hike in and back out took us about three hours. We stop to enjoy the scenery and take pictures so it’s a much shorter trip if you’re looking for a trail run! There is basically no signage so I suggest sticking to the right hand trail if you want to find the falls - they are hidden and require walking on stones through a small river canyon to access the falls at the end. (Hike to end along right side - once you get to steep incline of pink rock and get to top you’ll see falls from above - then head back down, cross the river on the carefully places rocks that are there and continue on to the falls). Very worthwhile! We didn’t need any bugspray but as recommended by others, go early. We were there at 8:30 on a weekday and got a spot but all were taken when we got back to the lot later in the morning. Enjoy!

Beautiful hike. Awesome views, still some snow in May. Lake still icy.

trail running
7 days ago

Awesome run. A bit tough running about mile 3.5, very rocky. Great tree cover, very pretty, and beat me up. If you like trail running, a great challenge, pretty, and hardly anyone above mile 2.

Some packed snow till Williams Lake. Not bad. A little more snow from Williams to the end treeline. Slightly steep in some parts, but trail is in overall great shape. It is doable without poles. Super windy at the last few switchbacks and at the peak, but it is completely doable. Pretty runnable if you're a trail runner as well. Take some layers with you if you're going to hang out at the top, because the wind makes it cold. Views from the top definitely make it worth it.

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