El Monte Sagrado - Luxury Resort

Hiking

Current Conditions
As of early late June, all trails along Road 150 are open with some snow patches and muddy conditions at higher elevations. Bull of the Woods and Williams Lake are open. All trails are accessible with some lingering snow, and mud along the way.

Waterproof boots and hiking poles recommended for all higher elevation hikes as trails 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.

Note On Wheeler Peak
Wheeler Peak is accessible at this time of year with the proper equipment. Hiker report from Wednesday, June 22: "At the granite field, we were post holing (with snow mid-shin) into the granite. We decided to turn around. Not worth a broken ankle."


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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, 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
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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