Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Red River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The incline is very steady which makes this hike easier than you’d think for the elevation you gain. I backpacked there this weekend and it was beautiful. Lost Lake is a gem.

One of my favorite all time hikes ever.

hiking
2 days ago

Did a hike here once or twice back as a kid in the 90’s...let’s just say that it’s one of my few standards for comparing hikes to now.

impassable after 5.5 miles. in effect, no trail to goose lake

backpacking
21 days ago

Just spent four days camped at Middle Fork. Backpacked up and found a great tent site. The first three miles of the trail are a pretty easy haul but the last mile is a little tough, especially when you're carrying a full backpack and not used to the altitude and, most especially, for a 64 year-old. I took my flyrod and tried to get a rise during my first couple of days there, but never saw a single trout feeding. I have a feeling that this lake is pretty much fished out. What a shame. The last time I was there, about 30-35 years ago, I caught fish after fish and released most of them. Of course, that was back when motorized vehicles were allowed on the trail. They have since built an outhouse at the top for the prissy folks. I had planned to pack over to Lost Lake on the third day but, unfortunately, I discovered my first evening there I discovered I had left my pill box at home and didn't want to risk going any longer without it so instead of a week in the mountains it came to only the four days. Saw a bear ambling by on my first morning there, about 250 feet away through the trees. I'm sure he knew I was there but completely ignored me. I made sure I hung my bear bag the rest of the time I was there. It's well worth the hike, especially if you spend the night up there. Lots of day hikers visiting during the day but quite isolated at night.

Great trail. There is a spot where there are lots of downed trees.... follow the creek at this point because the trail gets lost due to the downed trees. Use this app as your GPS to locate the trail and lake. Lake is beautiful and worth the hike.

hiking
23 days ago

This is an amazing 10 plus mile out and back and a Great workout!! The lake is beautiful and lots of dense forest before it opens up to amazing views of the Sangre De Christo mountains. It’s a 5 mile climb up but not to strenuous.

The road to the trailhead is a well-maintained gravel road, but still a little rough. We did see a Prius back there, but high clearance is probably a good idea. The trail is really just a set of switchbacks without much to see. However, it is well-maintained and shaded most of the way. About half-way to the lake you cross a creek with a beautiful set of cascades. The switchbacks aren’t too steep, but the altitude left me a little winded. The lake at the end is definitely worth the hike. It was gorgeous and we had the place to ourselves. Dogs loved it.

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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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
4 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.

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
6 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.

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