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Lake Fork Trail No. 12

Contact Info
Questa, NM 87556

Phone:
575-586-0520
Basics
Length:
5.2 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200 feet
Elevation Range:
9200 feet to 11520 feet
Elevation Change:
2320 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The trail skirts the western shoreline of Cabresto Lake before following Lake Fork Creek for the remainder of the 5 miles in the Latir Peak Wilderness. A mid-way point is the junction of Lake Fork (Trail 82) and Bull Creek (Trail 85). Cross the bridge and continue north along Lake Fork Creek as it passes through mixed conifers, aspen groves and small meadows to the next trail junction (Heart Lake and Baldy Mountain). Take the path to the right and continue north. If you take the trail to the left you will be on the Heart Lake Trail 115. Heart Lake is a short distance from the junction. Camping is permitted 300 feet away from the lake's edge. It is worthwhile to hike up the mile of switchbacks west of Heart lake to reach a series of beautiful alpine mesas and the Latir Peaks.

Water is available for most of the trail but should be properly treated before consumption. For short trips, take a supply of water from home or other domestic source.

Day hiking, backpacking, pack and saddle as well as back country camping is permitted along the entire length of the trail. If you Pack-It-In, ...please ... Pack-It-Out. Motorized vehicle use is not allowed.

Details

Length:
5.2 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200
Elevation Range:
9200 feet to 11520
Elevation Change:
2320
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Latir Peak

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Questa, travel east .2 miles on Highway 38 to Cabresto Road (State Highway 563). Drive 6 miles to Forest Service Road 134A and then go 2 miles up this primitive road to Cabresto Lake. Trail 82 begins at the lake.


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