Edelweiss Lodge and Spa

Hiking

Current Conditions
As of May 22,  all Hiking Trails along Road 150, the Taos Ski Valley road are open. Bull of the Woods and Williams Lake are open with snow at higher elevation. All trails are accessible except Wheeler Peak. All trails will likely have SNOW at higher elevations, including at Williams Lake up to Wheeler Peak.  Waterproof boots and hiking poles recommended. Temperatures have been nice in the day but check the weather as we have been getting very cold temperatures late afternoon with scattered showers and wind. We want you to enjoy all that our trails offer, but be smart about the weather as we want you safe after a great hike!
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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

Precautions: 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. Temperatures can drop suddenly. Wet clothing can chill the body quickly. Wool is best for heat even when wet; cotton next to the skin will keep the body damp and will actually wick heat away. Dress in layers which can be added or removed as temperature changes.

**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
Distance
one way
Hiking Trail Horse Trail Cross Country Ski Trail Snowshoeing
Wilderness Area
Degree of Difficulty
Gavilan Trail 3.3miles X
X

X
X Expert
Italianos Canyon Trail 59 3.7 miles  X X
X X Expert
Long Canyon/Bull-Of-The-Woods 3 miles X X X X X Expert
Manzanita Canyon Trail 58 4.2 miles X X
X
Expert
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 3.9 miles
X X

X Expert


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.1 miles one way 
Intermediate/Expert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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