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Quemado Lakeshore Trail No. 144

Contact Info
Quemado, NM 87829

Phone:
575-773-4678
Basics
Length:
1.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1/2 to 1 hr
Trailhead Elevation:
7860 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

The trail skirts the southwest side of Quemado Lake through stands of ponderosa pines. There are many opportunities to view the lake from the trail. Fishermen use the trail to access the lake from different areas. A bench along the trail is available for resting and lake viewing. Interpretive signs along the trail explain some of the birds that inhabit the lake area. The trail connects El Caso Lookout Trail, Overlook Trail, and Largo Trail #14 for extended hiking. Additional activities in the area include fishing and boating (restricted to oars and electric motors) on Quemado Lake.

Lakeshore trail through ponderosa pines.

High winds can occur in the area.

Details

Length:
1.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
1/2 to 1 hr
Trailhead Elevation:
7860
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Escondido Mountain
Additional Details:

Vault toilets are available in lake parking area and at various campgrounds on the north side of the lake.

Quemado (20 miles) provides gas stations, food, and motels. Snuffy''s Store and Restaurant near Quemado Lake provides gas, food, bait, and showers on a seasonal basis.

No water is available on the trail. Potable water can be obtained in the Cove Campground at the lake from May 1 to September 30.

Campgrounds at Quemado Lake are available. Juniper Campground offers 18 RV spaces with water and electrical hookups for $15/day and 18 single-family sites for $10/day. Pinon Campground offers 23 single-family sites for $6/day and 2 group sites at $35/day for a 30-person site and $55/day for a 75-person site. Juniper and Pinon are open from May 1 to September 30. Cove and El Caso Campgrounds offer free, primitive camping with vault toilets.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

From Quemado travel west on Hwy 60 for 0.5 mile. Turn south on Hwy 32 and travel 16 miles to Hwy 103. Follow Hwy 103 for 4 miles to Forest Road 13. Park in parking area. Trailhead is behind Quemado Lake sign in parking area.


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