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Love this hike. Super rough in some areas and great views all around. Only problem is, we have a house up here and it's less fun when every college kid trying to impress their friend floods the trail in July or August.

William's lake is a fantastic stop off to relax and eat some lunch too

I have done this hike twice. Once from Middle Fork and Once from William's Lake. Great hike, excellent challenge; especially when you have to consider getting stuck above the tree line in the rain and storms.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked this trail with my son up from the ski lodges. It was a final tuneup before his trek at Philmont. Lots of wildlife and incredible views. It's a hard trail but anyone with experience can make this trek. Pace and water and you are good to go. Must see if you are in this part of New Mexico.

Great hike. Trail very clearly marked with signs right from the parking area and blue blazes on the trees. Left early since afternoon thunderstorms are the norm in mid-July. Clear blue sky on the summit at 8:00 am. Lots of marmot! Must have seen 15 or more. Even got a good picture of the more elusive picas

Lots of people hiking up as I was descending. Weather held out until just after noon when the rain and thunder started if you're hiking in July get an early start to beat the rains! It's worth the extra effort.

hiking
18 days ago

This is a great trail that takes you up into some beautiful alpine meadows & to the top of New Mexico's highest peak.

We started at 6am from the trailhead. I suggest that you leave early - not only is it cooler (you miss having the sun pounding down on top of you for most of the hike), but you will get to the top with ample time to avoid any afternoon thunderstorms.

The first two miles to Williams lake were rocky, but a gradual incline. The lake was beautiful, and there were five or so tents set up by campers. After the lake, you veer sharply left and begin the climb to the summit. Once you are above the treeline, you enter into a large alpine meadow. We saw two herds of bighorn sheep grazing, and dozens of little rodents scurrying around. Up until this point, the trail is fairly moderate - but then it steepens sharply and becomes a series of switchbacks entirely of gravel and large rocks. There were a few patches of remaining snow, but nothing on the trail (July 8). Once at the top of the ridge, you turn left and hike up to the summit.

We arrived at 8:30am. There was one other hiker who was leaving, so we had the entire summit to ourselves. The views are spectacular.

The hike back down was easier, but hard on the knees. I highly recommend hiking poles & to check the summit weather report before venturing out. We passed several groups of hikers on the way back down who seemed unaware that there was a thunderstorm coming.