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

Perfect little workout. About three hours if you stop a little. Take water.

This is such a great trail close to town. 5 miles is perfect for an early morning get up or and afternoon get busy trail. My friends and I do this trail often throughout the year.

hiking
1 month ago

The directions to the trail head goes onto private property and they have gated the access to the trail. Best to go onto the trail at the El Nogal parking area a little further up the road off of 64.

This is one of my favorite hikes in Taos. It is a wonderful morning hike, challenging but reasonable. It offers scenic views, diverse terrain including beautiful alpine woods at higher elevations and open panoramic sagebrush and cactus in lower areas. There are gorgeous flowers and plants in abundance.

Loved it! Took us about 3 hours to do the loop! We stopped to enjoy the scenery and there is a nice, relaxing surprise at the top. The trail seems frequented by mostly locals-all very friendly!

Nice quick hike

hiking
1 month ago

A wonderful taste of this area at this elevation. Beautiful trail with many overlooks.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy stroll through shrubby land, direct to the canyon valley, with snow-capped mountains as walk-by background. Wonderful payoff for such a lowkey stretch-your-limbs kinda mosey!

So beautiful- was looking for a trail run and this was more of a steep walk/jog for the first half uphill , then a nice, rapid downhill. Not very technical, just steep and high altitude for someone who’s been living in Texas for 5 years :)

Did this as the loop and 164 had sections of ice and snow. There was nothing technical about the hike at all. Beautiful scenery along the way but harder to see at the peak because of denser trees. Biggest cairn ever and stone chairs let you know you made it.

trail running
3 months ago

This Trail is great for hiking, and the views are amazing. But I would not consider it a good trail for running on. There was too much large loose rock, ice, and many many switchbacks to make it comfortable for running. I was able to maintain a light jog through most of it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views. Took us about 4 hours with random rest stops.

Great hike today. Beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! Really sunny day and only had snow in the shade. Dogs also love it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! Steady elevation change, not too difficult. In the AM, it is chilly as the trail doesn’t get much sun. The trail is fairly narrow in some areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hiking trail! It is on the sunny side of the mountain, so it’s warmer on winter days than trail 164 which is shady and cooler in the AM. The trail is wide and mostly dirt and rocks.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, difficult if you're not used to the elevation. Don't underestimate it if you're from the lowlands!! Nice trail, not real well marked though - we had some confusing spots so be careful. The Summit was a little underwhelming - you have to go to the edges for vistas. And make sure to not step on the prickly pears - they're prickly.

Hiked with my dog - nice trail with wonderful views. Took 1:45 to get up - with a few stops and about 45m to get down. Was cold when we started - 31degrees- but the sun came out toward the end. Saw only birds, but a LOT of different skat so I’m sure there are plenty of other animals there :)

hiking
7 months ago

We are new to hiking. This is the longest we've hiked and it was amazing! Not much traffic. Great workout!

Great views of Taos. Chairs to sit in at the top!
Had trouble figuring out the loop. We just came back the way we started once we reached the peak.

Great trail, not too difficult, with some good views in places. I really liked he "lounge chairs" made of rocks on the summit!

Nice hike with scenic views. A good workout.

Love love loved it. Beautiful and challenging enough and once up on the peak you get rewarded with benches to rest. Will do it again

I like this hike for the workout, but it does not compare to the hikes up in he proper mountains just down the road. Def feels like what you think of when hiking the Southwest though

Completed on July 15, 2017. Great trail but damn this map is useless if you want to do the loop. And of course you do! We went right at the fork. Very few "markers," usually just a stake in the ground, but the trail is pretty easy to follow. Well-traveled enough that you can make out sneaker prints here and there and know you're on the right track. Lots of uphill, rocky terrain and switchbacks. You'll think you're at the top at least 3 or 4 times. You're not at the peak until you see the stone thrones and the sign announcing the 8,304 ft. elevation. The way down is completely different, feels like a stroll through the forest. Although I'm sorry to say, there will still be a few brief uphill climbs even as you go down. Took us 3.5 hours to complete, but it was midday and hot, and we took several breaks and ate near the peak. Although I would agree that this trail is in the moderate category, I would also say it's closer to the hard end of the scale. Maybe it's easier earlier in the day. Saw around 3-4 other couples. We were all alone when we reached the peak and free to enjoy the view all to ourselves. All in all, incredibly rewarding climb!

hiking
10 months ago

took us 3 hours, but my husband is missing half a lung and has asthma. Easiest to hike clockwise in the loop.

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful hike.

Great trail. Super views.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. Took roughly 2 hours for me. Saw a pack of dogs up there. They didn't look like coyotes or wolves. Kinda strange.

Loved this hike & views!

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