Trail Update: Hiking in Taos Ski Valley10/13/2017: As weather continues to cool be prepared to encounter snow and ice on shadier and higher elevation trails, Williams Lake and Wheeler Peak.
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Williams LakeDiscover Williams Lake in all its glory in the summertime, an intermediate-level, four-mile round trip hike from The Bavarian. The valley is forested with aspen, Englemann and blue spruce, western white fir, and rarely seen red fir and bristlecone pine. Lush meadows are colored with countless varieties of wildflowers and plants.
Wheeler PeakConquer New Mexico's highest peak. This 13,161-foot summit can be accessed by either Bull of the Woods Trail or Williams Lake Trail. Get a very early start for this expert level hike. Backcountry camping is allowed without a permit. Keep your eyes peeled for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, elk and mule deer.
Precautions:Waterproof boots and hiking poles are recommended for these high elevation hikes, with many trails still holding snow into early summer. Temperatures can vary greatly. Be prepared for cool weather and rain, and always carry extra water. Beware of lightning and stay off the ridges if thunderclouds are overhead. Depart for hikes early in the morning to avoid afternoon lightning and showers.
Carson National Forest - Taos Ski Valley Hiking Trails
|Name of Trail||
Degree of Difficulty
|Italianos Canyon Trail 59||3.6 miles||X||X||X||X||Intermediate|
|Long Canyon/Bull-Of-The-Woods||3.6 miles||X||X||X||X||X||Expert|
|Manzanita Canyon Trail 58||4.2 miles||X||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||Expert|