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There are 22 switchbacks. Mostly shade, lots of wildflowers, dragonflies, and beautiful lake at the top. The mileage we clocked was 5.4 miles.

hiking
9 days ago

Nice fun trail...until you can’t find it anymore

Beautiful, not very strenuous gradual incline. Only difficulty is the length. I did this trail and backpacked to lost lake set up camp then hiked up to horseshoe. One of my all time favorite hikes.

10 days ago

Absolutely stunning, a must do hike in the Taos area. Not very strenuous and views galore!

hiking
11 days ago

My girlfriend and I are not super active people but are young and still go out to hike about once a month at the most, we were tired and a bit sore by the end but definitely doable. Took 2 1/2 hours to the top and about 1 1/2 down. The first mile follows a beautiful creek with mini waterfalls throughout, then a large portion after is slow sloping switchbacks with minimal views until about the last mile, where there is a ridge with great views. The lake itself is incredibly clear and worth the trek, woodchucks wandering around the surrounding forest and awesome green hills surround the lake. We went on a sunday in early june around 1:30 and there was noone at the lake by the time we got there. Some camping sites at the lake as well. Enjoy!

This is my favorite trail in Red River. The trail gives you access to both lost lake and horseshoe lake. At the end of the trail you will see a sign with direction to both lakes. I was told you can also access Wheeler peak from this trail. I plan on attempting that next year.

This trail has some of the most beautiful views of any trail in Red River. However, the first few miles are wooded. The trail really gets beautiful after you cross the bridge. My favorite part of the hike was the end of the trail to lost lake.

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Great hike, gradual climb the whole way. First 2 miles was a lot of dead-fall making it very slow going. Lake was nice and the views were amazing. Spent the night at the lake and the wind was at a minimum making the weather very enjoyable. Dogs also had a great time.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike, gradual climb the whole way. First 2 miles was a lot of dead-fall making it very slow going. Lake was nice and the views were amazing. Spent the night at the lake and the wind was at a minimum making the weather very enjoyable. Dogs also had a great time.

This trail is a series of switchbacks. It is not one of the prettier trails in my opinion. However once you get to the lake it’s a beautiful view. This is also one of the shorter trails. I have done this trail several times and have seen people of all ages on the trail.

A couple of things to note about this trail. First, this is not the Jeep trail. The Jeep trail is closer to town. Second, I was unable to find the lake. Around mile 5 I ran into a ton of down trees and lost the trail. There are down trees everywhere, making it very difficult. It is a Beautiful trail trail though. We saw a beautiful black bear by the primitive campsite around mile 3. It’s around 100 flights at mile 5 where I lost the trail.
I am rating this a 3 Star due to losing the trail. If the trees are cleared and a clear path is made to the lake this is definitely a 5 Star.

off road driving
28 days ago

Great views and an awesome trail!

hiking
1 month 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

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.

So beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked toward the end of April. Beautiful walk the whole way. Half the walk was on loose pack dirt but the other half was in slushy snow. Waterproof shoes were useful at this point in the season with wet snow. Gorgeous lake area still mostly frozen. A very hike short hike.

I had a blast here! Very pretty easy going Trail.. spent the night by the lake.. well worth the climb!

off road driving
3 months ago

Great trail and beautiful views at the Lake. Did it in a lifted 4Runner. No problems at all. Very fun and rewarding trail.

on Goose Lake

off road driving
3 months ago

Lake view is great. Maze of trees to get there and bumpy trail boring.

Super fun trail. Lake at the top is beautiful. Hiked at the end of July and the temp was awesome. Coming back to take my dog soon.

Steep climb up, but once you're there it's breathtaking.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! We did it in the winter and it was pretty icy. In two spots we had to cross frozen rivers. Definitely worth it though! Just be prepared and take it slow.
We did it in tennis shoes and it was fine, you just had to be careful

The trail was great but you better be good at navigating around off the trail. Towards halfway of the trail you lost site because of fallen trees everywhere. Be sure to expect delays but the end and getting to the lake is well worth it.

very beautiful, went up dec 26th and the lake was frozen!

love this trail and all the offshoots. however, it is a steep climb with ice and loose rock.

Beautiful and lots of different scenery. trail was pretty rocky and a straight up and down.

Conquered Middlefork Lake Trail again! We actually went a couple of miles out of the way but overall it was a great trip!

It was a very strenuous uphill Hike (for me who is an avid Zumba fan), with lots of switchbacks, small Creek you have to cross logs to continue on; however the lake at the top is spectacular! Well worth all the hard work to get there.

Great trail. Backpacked in with my 12 year old daughter and 4 year old golden retriever. We spent 2 nights at the lake. It is a beautiful spot.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike on an awesome trail! Very easy to follow. Description is spot on. The lake is beautiful and views from the ridge were good! Definitely all of the 10+ miles!

nice hike. have to cross small streams bring extra socks.

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