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1 month ago

Beautiful and challenging hike, we hiked it early August. Thanks to the good monsoon season it was amazingly green with tons of mushrooms along the way. The trail is shaded almost the entire way with the river running parallel to it. I am however surprised this trail is rated moderate; it is an aggressive incline the entire way up, rarely letting up. I would rate it an advanced/hard trail. But once you get there it's beautiful and worth the work. Latir Peak hangs overhead and great campsites around the lake. We didn't make it up to the peak, but will be back to head up for sure.
We got a nice mountain drizzle for a few minutes but lucked out and it cleared up to a beautiful afternoon. Tracked roughly 9 miles up and back and 2,360 elevation gain. We didn't end up doing the loop. It's an ass kicker for sure, especially with 25+ lbs on your back.

Technically, the Lajunta Trail is 1.2 miles down to where the Red River meets the Rio Grande River and 1.2 mikes back up. You can go farther, to other trails if you like, but the hike back up is very steep and rated as difficult. After hiking down .8, you come to a fork. That is where you can choose one of the longer trails. All of this info is available in the flyer at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Father & 12 yr old Daughter hike. Proud of her. Not an easy one.

hiking
1 month ago

fly fishing
1 month ago

We had mapped this trail using the directions function in the app, so we started out on Big Arsenic. At the fork to follow La Junta and Little Arsenic, we opted to just follow Big Arsenic. It ends right down by the river with beautiful rock formations, a waterfall and refreshing cold mountain water - which was a relief because it was very hot the day we hiked (August 30, 2017). It was absolutely beautiful with stunning views along the way. That said, this hike was originally under Rio Grande Gorge hike and labeled as easy. Maybe because we hiked in and back up to the rim (7,575feet elevation descending 680 feet in only .8 miles) this was a moderately hard trail! Be sure to bring lots of water and sunscreen. But soooooo worth it!!!

backpacking
2 months ago

Excellent hike. Can see plenty of Northern NM and Southern CO peaks including Wheeler and Sierra Blanca. Venado Peak is easy to tack on to this trip. From Heart Lake to the trailhead via Bull Creek hitting Latir and Venado took us about 5.5 hours.

nice loop. go early if the heat is on.

Decent little trail to go see the confluence of the Rio and Red. Take a filter to pick up water at the bottom! Water fountains and restrooms at the top.

Leave No Trace!

This is a lovely hike near Taos, or Red River, NM. Make sure to take plenty of water!!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this with my family, including an 11 and 13 year old. The view going down from the La Junta Campground was super impressive. The rocky, steep grade kept us moving slowly. The confluence of the Red and Rio Grande was a sweet reward. Picnicked and tried to fish with no luck. Took the River Trail back to Little Arsenic Rim Trail. This last .6 was a beast. Would suggest doing this hike earlier than 2/3 pm. Got very warm!!

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this hike! Though I'd rate it moderate, not easy. We did a 7.0 mi loop version with 1300 ft of climbing. Beautiful mix of high desert and river views. Educational trail markers on the Big Arsenic section with facts about local plant life.

From Big Arsenic Campground take the Big Arsenic Trail switchbacks down 0.6 mi to the river. If you want to take go to Big Arsenic Springs, then go upstream and back for an extra 0.8 mi. Continue 1.2 mi downstream to Little Arsenic Springs Campground then another 1.3 mi to La Junta, the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande. Come back 0.4 mi and work your way up the La Junta Trail out of the valley on a steep 800 ft climb over 0.8 mi to the rim.

You'll pop out at Montoso Campground and you can take the Rinconada Loop Trail through the Little Arsenic Campground until you return to the Big Arsenic Campground.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike through the canyons. We were able to hike down towards the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande. We followed along the Rio Grande for a while and took some great pics. Trails were pretty slippery and steep in some areas but nothing a good pair of shoes and balance can't handle. Elevation is between approximately 6-7000'.