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Hike Descriptions

Class 1 Easy: up to 1,000 ft. Elevation gain and 1-4 miles roundtrip
Class 2 Moderate: 1,000 to 2,000 ft Elevation gain and 4-8 miles roundtrip
Class 3
Difficult : more than 2,000 ft. Elevation gain and more than 8 miles roundtrip

 

CLASS 1  

Big and Little Arsenic Springs -  Class 1          
Distance:  3 miles.                                 Elevation Gain:  800 ft
Take Hwy 522 north from Questa to Cerro and turn left on Hwy 978 to Little Arsenic Springs Trail. Hike down into the Rio Grande gorge via many switchbacks and along Rio Grande River to Big Arsenic  Springs.  Look for petroglyphs .  Hike Big Arsenic Trail as it switchbacks steeply up to the trailhead.  

Bull Peak - Class 1
Distance: 1 mile                                       Elevation Gain:  320 feet
FR 76, and turn right onto to FR 153 and proceed to cattle guard. Park here. Enter the trail on south side of FR153, ascend 320 ft. to top of Bull Peak .  Great Views.  The trail enters the forest for a ½ mile descending 200 ft. down to Berm Pass and FR 153.

Cebolla Mesa Trail #102 - Class 1
Distance:  2.5 miles                               Elevation Gain: 880 feet
From Taos , drive US Highway 64 north, continue on State Road 522 for about 15 miles, to Forest Road 9,   Cebolla Campground . Drive west, for 1 mile on a  deeply rutted dirt road, which may be slick when wet.  The trail is a moderately  strenuous  trail an is steep and rocky, at the top, then switching to moderately steep, with 22 switchbacks. The views, of the gorge and the desert landscape are spectacular with large boulders. The trail crosses the Red River via  a bridge and continues along  the east side of the Rio Grande , for another 3 miles to Big Arsenic Springs. This is a delightful fishing trip to the confluence of the  Rio Grande and  Red River .  

Clear Creek Trail - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  3.5 miles                               Elevation Gain:  800 feet
Drive east to mile marker 292 in Cimarron Canyon and park.  Cross the creek to find the trail on the right.   Trail follows Clear Creek and crosses several log bridges.  A short section of the trail is steep and narrow.  The trail ends at the third waterfall and returns along the same route.  

Columbine Trail. - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance determined by group.  Out and back as desired.              Modest elevation gain.
Take Hwy 38 from RR toward Questa. Park in Columbine campground on left just past moly mine. Beautiful canyon hike through aspens, conifers, dogwood and wildflowers along Columbine Creek, with 4 bridge crossings.  Third crossing is two miles from trailhead. Easy hike; go as far as you like.

Elk-Coyote-Deer Greenbelt Loop - Class 1
Distance:  4 miles                                  Elevation Gain:  500 feet
Beginning at Frontier Square trailhead, proceed down Bobcat Trail to Elk Trailhead.  Follow Elk to Coyote Trail; turn right on Coyote proceeding to Deer Trail; and return on Deer to the trailhead. 

Don Fernando/Paradise Park - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  4 miles roundtrip                    Elevation Gain:  600 feet
Drive Hwy 64 west to Valle Escondido, turn left on FR 437 and go seven winding/uphill miles to FR 445 and park.  Hike two miles to Don Fernando Peak .  Return to car via Paradise Park . 

Elliot Barker Cuchillo de Fernando - Class 1
Distance: 4 miles                                      Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Take FR 76, and turn right on to FR 153. Drive about 2 ¼ miles to Rincon Saddle and park here.  The trail is located on the south side of the road.  Hike up to Berm Pass. Travel west 60 ft above FR 153, along an old bermed logging road to Luna Pass.   Great views.  The trail continues for about 2 miles.  When it enters a big meadow  enjoy more wonderful views.  This is the turn around place. 

Elliot Barker - Short Whoop - Class 1  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  4 miles                               Elevation Gain:  600 feet
Drive Hwy 64 toward Taos to parking area at bottom of Palo Flechado Pass.   From parking area walk through gate and straight to wood fence then turn left and cross bridge.  After 0.7 miles (from car park) follow trail right and continue uphill 1.1 miles to Whoop De Do Trail.  Turn left and continue 0.4 miles then turn downhill to intersect Upper Whoop De Do Road .  Turn left and return to car park. 

Guadalupe Mountain Trail - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  4.5 miles                               Elevation Gain:  1000 feet
Drive to Questa, turn north on NM 522 for about 3 miles turning left on NM 378 at Cerro.  Drive approximately 7 miles and turn left on Guadalupe Mountain Road just before the Bear Crossing Campground proceeding another 1.7 miles to the Guadalupe Mountain Trailhead.  Follow Guadalupe Mountain Trail approximately 2 miles to Guadalupe Peak ; then return along the same path to trailhead.  

Lady Slipper Trail - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  3.5 miles                               Elevation Gain:  400 feet
Drive to Monte Verde Lake .  Begin hike at parking lot.  Follow trail along right side of lake one half mile to Lady Slipper trailhead.  Continue along trail approximately one mile to overlook.  Return to parking lot by same route or by taking alternative loops that parallel the main trail including trail around the other side of the lake.

Manby Hot Springs - Class 1
Distance: 1.5 miles                                   Elevation Gain:  400 feet
Located about 12 miles west of Taos off of highway 64. Take Tune Dr. and go 2.8 mi. and bear left at the Y intersection.  Follow signs for Manby HS.  Bear left at another Y and continue 1.7 miles on this lesser-maintained dirt road to a broad parking area.  Find the trail on the left side of the parking area. Hike down the old stage coach road to the Rio Grande River .  Enjoy the ruins of the old stagecoach stop and mineral bath resort.  The springs bubble into several rock-lined pools alongside the Rio Grande . 

Oesta Vista Loop Trail - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance: 3 miles                                   Elevation Gain 800 feet              
The trailhead is next to the Quest Building   on Hwy 434 across to the Angel Fire Country Club entrance.  The trail combines hiking through deep forest with grand views toward the west of Monte Verde Lake , golf course, surrounding hills and Wheeler Wilderness.  

Old Pass Overlook - Class 1
Distance: 2.5 miles                                  Elevation gain 300 ft.
From Enchanted Forest Nordic Ski area hike various logging roads to Red River Pass.   Enjoy a break at the top, and return to parking area. 

Osha Meadow - Class 1
Distance: 4 miles                                      Elevation gain 200 feet
Drive FR 76 for 4 miles, to where it turns south.  FR #70 starts here and is a bermed road with a moat.  A sign is here.  Park and hike along the bermed FR 70 to Osha Pass.   There is a trail sign at the edge of Osha Meadow. Explore and enjoy a snack and return to the parking area on the FR 70.

Palo Flechado to OK Canyon - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance: 3.5 miles               Elevation Gain: 400 ft.
Drive one car down the pass and park it at OK Canyon.  Drive the other car to the top of Palo Flechado. Park in the turn out on the north side of the road.  Cross the road and hike south to the T intersection with Elliot Barker Trail.  Turn right and proceed to Bull Spring having left the Elliot Barker Trail.  Proceed to OK Canyon where you have left a car.

Pescado Trail - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance: 4 miles                                      Elevation Gain: 750 ft.
Hike from the Red River Fish Hatchery to Wild Rivers Recreational Area Visitors Center .  This is an out and back hike.    

Sage Lane - Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance: 4 miles                                   Elevation Gain: 800'
From Mountain View Blvd. (NM 434), turn on Sage Lane , pass multi-story condos on right. Park on street at west end on condos. From trailhead, hike on Sage Trail west toward power lines, cross Armijo Dr., continue west parallel to power lines, cross Buena Vista Dr., Turn south to intersection with Coyote Trail. Continue north on Coyote to its trailhead. Walk on two streets, via del Rey and Cochiti Trail, back to Sate Trail, then back to trailhead. The grade of this hike will vary from flat to pretty steep.

Santa Barbara Hike Class 1 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  10 miles                                  Elevation Gain:  1200 feet
Santa Barbara Campground in the Pecos Wilderness:  To reach the campground go south from Rancho de Taos on the "High Road" SR 518 to Penasco ,then south on SR 73 look for a sign on the left FR 116 to Santa Barbara campground. Drive about three miles to the campground where the trailhead is at the south end of the campground following the Middle Fork of the Santa Barbara River . The hike is a moderate climb along the river in the canyon with large meadows surrounded by aspens on the canyon walls.  Cross the river and follow the west fork for about four miles where the trail then begins to climb.  Turn around here or climb on toward No Fish Lake.

 

 

CLASS 2  

Back Basin Hike - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  5 miles                                  Elevation Gain:  3000 feet
Take North Angel Fire Road to ski area turning left at Sunset Grille onto Back Basin Road.  Continue on road to Ski Lift Drive and park. Hike along Back Basin Road to Aspen Street ; turn right and walk to end of road.  Then return to cars following West Agua Fria Creek.  

Big Burn - Osha Pass - Class 2/3 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  8.7 miles                        Elevation Gain:  1850 feet
Hike or drive to Lady Slipper trailhead to begin hike.  Follow Lady Slipper trail into National Forest bearing right and continuing uphill along fence until intersecting old logging road.  Turn left and follow road up to the Big Burn area.  Turn left, intersecting Elliott Barker trail which leads to Osha Pass.  At the Pass, turn left to return to logging road then proceed back to trailhead.

Blackjack Park - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  4 miles                                  Elevation Gain:  1100 feet
Drive east past road marker 294 and Maverick Campground in Cimarron Canyon to trailhead parking.  Walk through iron gate and up rocky road to trail sign.  Bear left for two-tenths of a mile until trail divides at the creek.  Either path can be taken for about a mile to Blackjack Meadow with the return along the other path (on the other side of the creek) before returning to the trailhead.

Bull of the Woods Trail to Copper Mine - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  7 miles                                    Elevation Gain: 2300 feet
Drive to Taos Ski Valley parking lot.  Start hike at Bull of the Woods Trailhead turning right at Bull of the Woods Pasture (1.8 miles from start).  Continue to ridge where Wheeler Trail turns right.  Turn left and hike 0.2 miles to mine.  Return to trailhead by same route.

Deer Coyote-Bear Greenbelt Loop - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance: 5 miles                                     Elevation Gain:  800ft
Hike Deer Trail thru meadows and pines to Coyote Trail.  Hike through the conifers  and to the open greenbelt. Cross the bridge and begin to ascend through the forest and through a park like area of spruce and aspens.  Return via Bear to Bobcat Tail. Turn left to return to Valley Market.

Devisadero Loop Trail - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  5 miles                                  Elevation Gain:  1300 feet
Drive US 64 through Taos Canyon to trailhead just east of Taos across highway from El Nogal Campground.  Follow trail uphill keeping to right to Devisadero Peak at 8300'.  Continue on trail to left looping back to main trail and trailhead.

Elliot Barker to Apache Pass - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  8.5 miles                               Elevation Gain:  1500 feet
Drive to the Elliot Barker Trailhead at the base of Palo Flechado Pass.  Follow the EB trail about 3 miles to the Palo Flechado trail (on the right) and the Bull Spring Pasture (ahead) then continue another 1.3 miles on EB to the power lines.  This is Apache Pass.   Return to trailhead along the same route.

Elliot Barker/Whoop De Do - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  5.7 miles                               Elevation Gain:  800 feet
Drive Hwy 64 toward Taos to parking area at bottom of Palo Flechado Pass.   From parking area walk through gate and straight to wood fence then turn left and cross bridge.  After 0.7 miles (from car park) follow trail right and continue uphill 1.1 miles to Whoop De Do Trail.  Turn left and continue approximately one mile downhill until it intersects Lower Whoop De Do Road .  Turn left and return to car park.  

Garcia Park-Borrego Crossing - Class 2 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  10 miles                              Elevation Gain:  1130 feet
Drive highway US 64 toward Taos turning left at Valle Escondido.  Follow FR 437 for about 8 miles to Garcia Park .  Hike South Boundary Trail (#164) to Quintana Pass.   Turn right to FR 438 then follow 438 to Borrego Crossing returning by Trail #121 and FR 438 to Garcia Park .

Jarocita Park to Borrego Crossing - Class 2
Distance: 5 miles                                     Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Drive FR 76 for 5 miles, turn right onto FR 153  for a ½ mile.  Notice at the left turn in the road, a dirt road to the right.  Drive in about 3 blocks, until the trailhead sign for #121 appears on the left.  Park.  The trail proceeds southwest, then turns north (right).  It crosses a logging road and continues north through the conifers to the Jarocita Park .  Hike north entering onto a logging road.  Descend west on the road, past a walk-thru and to a switchback to the left.  Hike a short distance.  Notice an open marshy meadow with a falling down shack.  This meadow is about a mile from the TH.  Continue for about 1 ½ miles, FR 438 appears.  This is Borrego Crossing. 

Jasper-Agate - Class 2 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  2.9 miles              Elevation Gain:  1040'
From Angel Fire drive through Eagle Nest into Cimarron Canyon, past Clear Creek and park at pull-out by mile marker 293.  Cross highway and begin hike following draw 0.7 miles to trail split.  Take either right fork (Jasper) or left fork (Agate) and continue around loop following trail markers to return to trail split.  Then return to trailhead along the draw.    

La Jara Canyon Loop – Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance: 5.4 miles                                                Elevation Gain: 850 feet
Drive US Highway 64 to the hairpin curve at the base of the west side of Palo Felchado Pass.  Turn right onto Forest Road 5 and Park.  This hike is very gentle along the road, and follows a stream to the meadow. If turn around at meadow, it is 4 mile round trip.  Option of turning west from meadow, climbing up to the ridge, returning to the road in a counter-clockwise loop and adding another 1.4 miles to hike.

La Junta Point To Arsenic Springs  -  Class  2  (see Trail Map)
Distance: 4.7 miles                                  Elevation Gain:  1000 feet
Take Hwy 522 north from Questa to Cerro and turn left on Hwy 978 to La Junta Point trail. A park access fee is required.  Hike down steep switchbacks to the confluence of the Red River and the Rio Grande River and then along the Rio Grande to Big Arsenic Springs. Take Big Arsenic Trail as it switchbacks steeply up to the trailhead.  Walk back to La Junta (or take a car if it was left on the way to the La Junta Trailhead).

Lower Tolby Creek Loop- Class 2
Distance:   5.5 miles                              Elevation gain:  1000 ft.
The trail follows Tolby creek for most of the length through forest,  meadows, and  narrow canyons with great views of the cliffs and surrounding mountains of Touch-Me-Not. Truly a beautiful hike that has moderate grade.  Hikers may  tailor the hike from 5.5 miles to 12 miles. 

Maverick (New Loop ) - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  6.5 miles                               Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
Drive east on Hwy 64 past mile marker 295 and Maverick Campground in Cimarron Canyon to trailhead parking which is on the left 0.3 miles past the campground.  Walk through iron gate, up rocky road past Blackjack trail sign and bear left on main trail.  Continue to and around meadow until road is reached.  Cross to lower trail and return on lower trail to main trail, then return to trailhead. 

Maverick (Old Loop ) - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  6.1 miles                               Elevation Gain: 1300 feet
Drive east on Hwy 64 past mile marker 295 and Maverick Campground in Cimarron Canyon to trailhead parking which is on the left 0.3 miles past the campground.  Walk through iron gate, up rocky road past Blackjack trail sign and bear left on main trail.  Continue to and around meadow until road is reached.  Turn right on the road and return to main trail, then return to trailhead. 

Middle Fork Lake - Class 2
Distance: 4 miles                                   Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
At Red River take Hwy 578 to road’s end, continue 1.5 miles on dirt road to parking area. Hike moderately steep 4WD FR # 489, along the stream to  serene Middle Fork Lake.(10,850 ft.). There is a beautiful waterfall and bridge crossing at mile 1.

Nordic Trails - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  6.4 miles                               Elevation Gain:  550 feet
Ride the Chili to the summit and enjoy the trails in the Nordic ski area.  Follow the Nordic trails in a large clockwise loop (Daisy/Cody/Rosie/Cody/Daisy/Sara) returning to the top of the Chili Lift.

OK Corral Loop - Class 2 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  5.5 miles                             Elevation Gain:  1100 feet

Follow Hwy 64 toward Taos over Palo Flechado Pass.  One mile past the hairpin turn at the bottom of the Pass, park on south side of Hwy 64 and cross road to corral to begin hike. Hike in woods parallel to highway for one mile where the trail splits.  Turn right following draw for 1.4 miles to main trail on top of ridge.  Turn left and continue to meadows and view points, returning to corral via a second draw that connects to the trail which parallels the highway.

Palo Flechado – Elliot Barker Loop - Class 2
Distance: 5.3 miles                             Elevation Gain:  1000 feet
Park at the Elliot Barker Trailhead at the bottom of the Palo Flechado Pass.  Proceed through the gate and hike south on the trail.  This will lead past a small pond and on up the hill to the top of Palo Felchado Pass.  Join the trail that has come from the highway, turning left onto it.  Continue up the hill to the junction with Elliot Barker Trail.  If you turn right you can go up a short distance to the meadow.  If you turn left you will follow the trail back to the trailhead.

Palo Flechado-Whoop De Do Loop - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  7.6 miles                                           Elevation Gain:  1300 feet
Drive Hwy 64 toward Taos to parking area at bottom of Palo Flechado Pass.  Proceed through gate  pass the pond up to Palo Flechado Pass.  Continue through gates to Elliot Barker Trail and turn left.  After one mile turn right on Whoop De Do Trail and continue another mile until intersecting Lower Whoop De Do Road .  Turn left and return to trailhead.    

Ponil Creek – Class 2
Distance: 7 miles                                                  Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Drive through Cimarron 4.5 miles to FR 1950. Drive 28 miles to the trailhead in Valle Vidal. Explore the old 1879 mining town of Ponil with its’ old ruins and remains of railroads, cabins, turkeys and a cemetery. 

Rio Chiquito  from Mexican Canyon to Borrego Crossing - Class 2
Distance: 5 miles                                                Elevation Gain:  350 feet
Drive toward Taos on Hwy 64 and turn into Valle Escondito.  Turn right onto FR 437.  Drive about 8 miles to Garcia Park . Continue through park FR437 down Lagunita Canyon .  At base of canyon turn left to Mexican Canyon Campground.  Park car.  Hike east along  Rio Chiquito for about 2 ½ miles to Borrego Crossing and return to campground.

Rio Grande Gorge West Rim Hike - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  10 miles                                Elevation Gain:  -600 feet
Drive to Taos and continue on US 64 to Rio Grande Gorge Bridge .  Park at trailhead on west side of gorge.  Hike south on west side of gorge rim for 10 miles to awaiting transportation at the confluence of the Pueblo de Taos and Rio Grande (5 miles north of Pilar). 

Sawmill Park Trail – Class 2
Distance: 7 miles                                      Elevation Gain: 1200 feet
Drive to Red River , turning back on SR 578 and continuing until the pavement ends.  Veer left on the dirt road leading to the East Fork Trailhead.  Hike 0.7 miles pass the Ditch Cabin Site, cross the creek and continue up the trail about 0.5 mile further where the trail will traverse the Big Ditch.  Continue until the Sawmill Park Trail #55 turn off on the left.  Proceed up this trail until Sawmill Park , which is a large meadow, is reached.  Enjoy lunch or a snack and return down the trail to the trailhead and parking lot.

South Boundary Loop - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  10 miles                                Elevation Gain: 1300 feet
Drive US 64 toward Taos turning left at Valle Escondido.  Follow FR 437 for about 8 miles to Garcia Park .  Turn left on FR 438 and go about 4 miles to Borrego Crossing.   Follow Trail #121 east to Jaracita Park turning left (north) on Elliot Barker Trail for 3/4 mile until it intersects South Boundary Trail (#164).  Follow South Boundary for 2.5 miles to Quintana Pass.   Turn left to intersect Trail #121 then turn left again and return to cars at Borrego Crossing.

Taos Valley Overlook - Class 2
Distance:  5.5 miles                               Elevation Gain:  200 feet
Take Hwy 68 south from Rancho de Taos for 7+ miles to turn off (a bit past the Stakeout road).
Trail is a loop returning to the trailhead.

Touch-Me-Not Hike - Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  5 miles                                  Elevation Gain:  1800 feet
Go 2.5 miles east of Eagle Nest on Hwy 64.  Turn left at the Reintegration Center sign taking the first right up the steep, rocky and winding road.  Go 4.5 miles and park in open area on left under power lines.  Follow logging road down to saddle then follow trail up through forest to ridge.  Continue straight ahead over scree to open mountain top.   

Williams Lake Trail – Class 2  (see Trail Map)
Distance: 5 miles                                     Elevation Gain: 1300 feet
Drive past the Taos Ski Valley toward  the Bavarian Inn.  Just before reaching the Inn there is parking lot on the right side of the road for hikers. Park there and hike down the short road to the Bavarian Inn. Hike to the base of the ski lift and head left to the trail which is signed for Williams Lake . Continue along the creek until the trail forks to the left.  There is another sign here. The trail enters the Wheeler Peak Wilderness as it continues to the lake.  On the far, south end of the lake is the waterfall that feeds the lake.

   

 

CLASS 3  

Angel Fire Ski Area - Class 3 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  8.4 miles                             Elevation Gain:  2250 feet
Follow North Angel Fire Road until it ends and park in the lot next to the ski school by the Chile Lift.  Hike up trail left of the lift then follow ski trails to summit.  There is a short half-mile loop near the summit that can be taken, if desired.

Columbine Loop – Class 3
Distance: 14 miles                                  Elevation Gain: 4300 feet
From Columbine Campground, begin up the Columbine trail to where it forks with Placer trail.  Continue on Placer to Hondo Ridge.  Follow the ridge to Willow trail descend to the Columbine trail and eventually the campground.

Crested Butte to Aspen - Class 3
Distance
: 12 miles                                   Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Drive to Crested Butte . The hike starts in Schofield Park with a gentle hike through beautiful wildflowers, then climbs steeply with switchbacks to West Maroon Pass (terrific views).  Descend through a beautiful valley with streams, wildflowers and  spectacular views  surrounding mountains and Maroon Bells.  The trail becomes quite rocky and  passes by Crater and Maroon Lakes to the bus stop. Be sure to take a camera and lots of pictures. Hike back or have car in Aspen .

Gold Hill via Columbine - Class 3
Distance: 15 miles                                 Elevation Gain: 4800 feet
Drive to Columbine Campground on Highway 38 west of Red River . Drive to the back of the campground to the parking area & trailhead. Hike along the trail which parallels the Columbine Creek. Turn east and hike along Deer Creek then south along the ridge to Gold Hill. The trail is steep and long; goes through Aspens, Bristle Cone Pines, and open areas with great views.

Gold Hill via Goose Creek - Class 3  
Distance: 13 miles                                             Elevation Gain:  4000 feet
Drive to Red River turning back on SR 578 and drive approximately 2 miles to Goose Creek trailhead on right.  Hike across bridge turn left along Red River then turn right at Goose Creek .  Follow creek for 5.1 miles to Goose Lake .  Follow cairns for a short, steep switchback trail to ridge, turn right and continue for another mile to Gold Hill and its 360 degree panoramic views.  Return by the same route. 

Gavilan-Columbine Trails - Class 3
Distance:  8 miles                                              Elevation Gain:  3000 feet
Drive toward Taos Ski Valley on Hwy 150 stopping at Gavilan Trailhead approximately seven miles beyond Arroyo Seco.  Hike road by creek for a short distance before trail becomes a series of switchbacks climbing Hondo Ridge.  Cross ( Lobo Peak to Gold Hill) trail at top of ridge and follow switchbacks down ridge to Columbine Creek.  Continue along creek trail to Columbine Trailhead and awaiting transportation.

Goose Lake - Class: 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance: 10.5 miles                                          Elevation Gain:  2900 feet
Drive to Red River turning back on SR 578 and drive approximately 2 miles to Goose Creek trailhead on right.  Hike across the bridge and turn left along the Red River .  Soon the Goose Creek Trail  is on the  right.  Hike along the rushing stream. The trail crosses the river twice, then traverses the north side of the canyon, through small open meadows and large stands of aspen. Continue on the trail, as it starts its' moderately steep climb through beautiful aspen, spruce and fir.  Turn left and continue to Goose Lake .

Heart Lake – Class 3
Distance: 11 miles                                                           Elevation Gain: 3000 feet
The trail begins at Cabresto Lake that is out of Questa.  Take the Lake Fork trail which starts by skirting to the left (west) of Cabresto Lake .  About 2.5 miles along the trail, Bull Creek Trails #85 goes off to the left.  Continue straight on the Lake Fork Trail.  At mile 4.5 is the junction with the Baldy Mountain Trail, bear left toward Heart Lake . Once at the lake, it is possible to climb the ridge to view Latir Lakes below.  

Latir Wilderness Hike - Class 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  12 miles                                            Elevation Gain:  3400'
From Questa take SR 563 north; after 3 miles the road changes to FR 134.  Continue another 3 miles turning left on FR 134A and drive 2 miles to Cabresto Lake parking at the campground.
Follow trail along left (west) side of Cabresto Lake 2.3 miles to Bull Creek Trail (#85) turning left on the trail.  Continue on trail about 2 miles turning right on Trail #167 to Latir Mesa (12,700').  Turn right on Trail #85 to Heart Lake returning on Trail #82 to Cabresto Lake and the trailhead.

Lobo Peak via  Gavilan/Manzanita Trails - Class 3
Distance 11 miles                                                Elevation gain 3,800 ft.
From Taos , drive north on State Highway 64, then east on State Highway 150. The Gavilan trailhead is on the left, west of the private land and has limited parking.  Park here.  Follow the trail behind some private buildings. Soon, it veers left at a rocky road intersection. The trail steadily climbs through conifers and aspens, with the stream on the right.  As you near the top, the trail veers left across the meadow, up a tiny ridge and intersects, on the Hondo Ridge, with the Lobo Peak Trail #57.    The Lobo Peak Trail #57 is east and west, along the ridge connecting Lobo Peak with Gold Hill. Turn left and hike 3.5 miles along this beautiful ridge, through the conifers and rock formations. Hike 160 feet elevation gain to Lobo Peak [12,719 ft.]    The trail is to the right, with another 160 feet elevation gain. The views are 360 degrees, of Taos , Colorado , Latir Peak and Wheeler Peak Wildernesses. Return to the sign and hike south down a steep, rocky trail for a short ¼ mile. Look for the Trail #58, down Manzanita Canyon , to the left.  There is not a sign, here. Hike 3 ½  miles through conifers and along the stream. There are many stream crossings. Hike up, Highway 150, for 1 mile to return to vehicle.  

Lobo Peak via Manzanita Canyon - Class 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  7.8 miles                                           Elevation Gain:  3800 feet
From Taos drive toward ski valley on Hwy 150.  Trailhead parking is on left approximately five miles from Arroyo Seco (two miles after Upper Cuchilla Campground).  Hike up Manzanita Trail #58 to Lobo Peak then return to highway trailhead.

Lost Lake Trail - Class: 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  10 miles                                               Elevation gain 2000 feet
From Red River , drive south on State Road 38 and continue on State Road 578, for 6.4 miles to the end of the pavement.  Turn right on Forest Road 58, a rocky narrow road, for 1.1 miles to the parking area for Middle Fork/Lost  Lakes Trails.  Hike up the jeep trail, for a ¼ mile to the gate; turn left  and  cross the Red River via a bridge  for 1 mile and turn left on Lost  Lake  Trail #91. The trail ascends the slope to some breathtaking vistas and crosses a saddle on the ridge. On the western side of the lake there is a small waterfall.  

Pass to Pass - Class 3 (see Trail Map)
Distance:  10.6 miles                                                Elevation Gain:  2000 feet
Drive to parking area at top of Palo Flechado Pass.  Cross Hwy 64, go through gate and continue south 1.6 miles to Elliott Barker Trail (#1).  Turn right and continue on Trail #1 past Bull Meadow, Apache Pass, passing below the Big Burn to Osha Pass (~5.8 miles).  Turn left and go 0.8 miles then turn downhill following logging roads for 1.2 miles to fence.  Continue downhill to the Lady Slipper Trailhead and waiting transportation.

San Leonardo Lakes - Class 3
Distance:  8 miles                                                  Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet.
Directions:  Drive US Highway 64 to Taos . Turn left on State Road 585 and left on State Highway 68 to Ranchos de Taos. Turn left on State Road 518 and right on State Road 75 through Penasco. Turn left on State Road 76, through Chamisa for about 5 miles. Turn slightly left on County Road C-001 and Forest Road 207 through El Valle and four miles to the Trampas Campground.  Just before the Trampas Campground, notice a road to the right, that crosses the Rio de las Trampas. Drive the 4WD Forest Road 639 across the stream and along a very bad deeply rutted road for about a mile. The road goes west at this point and there is a Trailhead sign here. One may drive south for about another ½ mile, park and start your hike here.  The main features of this trail is the green moss covered rocks in the tumbling stream and the solitude of the lakes. The trail starts at 9,400 feet and soon enters the Pecos Wilderness.  Trail #30 follows the Rio  San  Leonardo up a narrow canyon gently climbing thru a small aspen grove.

Tolby Meadow - Class 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  11 miles                                            Elevation Gain:  2000 feet
Drive Hwy 64 east to just beyond Eagle Nest dam and park at Tolby trailhead. Follow Tolby Creek to meadow 4.5 miles from trailhead.  Return by the same trail or upper switchback trail for better views.    

Wheeler via Bull of the Woods to Middle Fork - Class 3
Distance:  13.5 miles                                         Elevation Gain:  4300 feet
Drive to the Bull of the Woods trailhead adjacent to the Taos Ski Valley upper parking lot.  Follow trail up to Bull of the Woods Pasture, turn right and continue to Wheeler Peak .  Return on Bull of the Woods trail until it intersects Middle Fork Trail.  Turn right and continue past Middle Fork Lake to trailhead and return transportation.

Wheeler Peak via East Fork - Class 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance: 16 miles                                               Elevation Gain:  3800 feet
Drive to Red River and turn onto Hwy 578.  Continue till pavement ends then veer left and follow dirt road to East Fork Trailhead.  Hike trail #56 about 5 miles where the trail will reach a junction with Lost Lake Trail #91.  Turn left and continue up to Horseshoe Lake .  Cross the outlet stream and hike up the ridge on the trail to Wheeler Peak .  When reaching the saddle between Simpson and Wheeler peaks, turn right and traverse beneath Wheeler Peak , turn left and hike up the north side of the peak.  Return by same route.

Wheeler Peak via Middle Fork Lake – Class 3
Distance: 11 miles                                               Elevation Gain: 3900 feet
Drive to Red River and turn onto Hwy 578.  Continue till pavement ends then turn right and continue 1.5 miles on dirt road to parking area. Hike on a 4WD FR # 489, along the stream to Middle Fork Lake .  Hike south over a tiny bridge and continue to La Cal Basin.  Join trail #90 at tree line and continue up the switchbacks through marmot territory to Wheeler Peak , 13,161 ft.  Return by same route.

Wheeler Peak via Three Lakes - Class 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  14 miles roundtrip                               Elevation Gain:  4100 feet
Drive to Red River turning on Hwy 578 and continuing until pavement ends then turn right and continue 1.5 miles on dirt road to parking area.  Hike up road one mile to waterfall, cross creek and continue up switchbacks to Middle Fork Lake .  Continue up trail by Middle Fork Creek to Bull of the Woods Trail; turn left and hike to Wheeler Peak .  Return by descending on Horseshoe Lake Trail #91 to the lake.  Continue past the lake until the junction with East Fork Trail.  Turn left and follow trail to Lost Lake ; then continue to waterfall and trailhead by parking area.

Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake - Class 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance: 8.2 miles                                                Elevation Gain: 2900 feet
Drive past the Taos Ski Valley toward  the Bavarian Inn.  Just before reaching the Inn there is parking lot on the right side of the road for hikers. Park there and hike down the short road to the Bavarian Inn. Hike to the base of the ski lift and head left to the trail which is signed for Williams Lake . Continue along the creek until the trail forks to the left. The trail enters the Wheeler Peak Wilderness as it continues to the lake.  Just before the lake, take new trail to the left through the woods and up to Wheeler Peak .  Return by the same route.

Wheeler via Bull of the Woods to Williams Lake - Class 3  (see Trail Map)
Distance:  10.3 miles                                         Elevation Gain:  4300 feet
Drive to the Bull of the Woods trailhead adjacent to the Taos Ski Valley upper parking lot.  Follow trail up to Bull of the Woods Pasture, turn right and continue to Wheeler Peak .  Return down Wheeler to Williams Lake then continue to the Bavarian Inn parking lot and awaiting transportation (or continue walking another 1.5 miles to the Bull of the Woods Trailhead).