As of mid-May, all trails along Road 150 are open with scattered snow patches and muddy conditions at higher elevations. Bull of the Woods and Williams Lake are open. All trails are accessible including Wheeler Peak with some snow patches and mud along the way.
Waterproof boots and hiking poles recommended for all higher elevation hikes as the trail still has snow. Temperatures have been very cool throughout the day but check the weather as we have been getting intermittenly nice weather mixed with scattered showers and wind.
Taos Ski Valley is well known for its many hiking trails on forest service land. The area is covered with Aspen, Englemann and Blue Spruce, Western White Fir and rarely seen Red Fir, and Bristlecone Pine. Taos County is home to herds of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Elk, and Mule Deer, and is covered with thousands of varieties of wildflowers, plants and other animal life.
Access Permits are also available to hike the private wilderness of Northside which offers 1,300 more acres within the village of TSV to explore. The highest point is 12,163 ft. Frazer Mountain. Access permits and trail maps for Northside are on sale at the Taos Ski Valley Chamber Visitor Center, Alpine Village Suites, Mine Slide,& Columbine Inn. For more information, visit: www.RideNorthside.com or call (575) 776-3233
Beware of lightning on the ridges. Since you will probably be the highest point around, get off the ridge if thunderclouds are overhead. Leave early in the morning in order to avoid the early afternoon thunder shower. Be sure to take proper clothing, boots, water and poles.
**Please be mindful of overflow parking at the William's Lake trailhead, parking must allow cars to pass and not block the thoroughfare.
CARSON NATIONAL FOREST - TAOS SKI VALLEY HIKING TRAILS
|Name of Trail||
Degree of Difficulty
|Italianos Canyon Trail 59||3.7 miles||X||X||
|Long Canyon/Bull-Of-The-Woods||3 miles||X||X||X||X||X||Expert|
|Manzanita Canyon Trail 58||4.2 miles||X||X||
|Wheeler Peak Trail 90||8 miles||X||X||X||X||X||Expert|
|Williams Lake Trail 62||2 miles||X||X||X||X||X||Novice/Intermediate|
|Yerba Canyon Trail 61||
4.1 miles one way