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Trampas Lake Trail No. 11

Contact Info
Penasco, NM 87553

Phone:
575-587-2255
Basics
Length:
5.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9000 feet
Elevation Range:
9000 feet to 11400 feet
Elevation Change:
2400 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

From the Trampas Campground, the trail begins with a moderate to easy climb. After a couple of miles the canyon opens into a narrow, avalanche created meadow and the first view of the rugged ridge to the southeast can be seen. The trail begins a steeper climb after this with a few switchbacks up the more difficult sections. At about 5.5 miles, you will encounter a trail sign directing you to the different lake basins. The trail to the west travels about a mile to Hidden Lake. The trail continuing south heads upstream a short distance to the lower and upper Trampas Lakes (11,400). In order to preserve the delicate lake environment, select a site outside the lake basin. No grazing available for horses.

It is possible to climb the ridge to the west of the lakes and drop down to the San Leonardo Lakes. This is a very steep and difficult climb. The best route is to climb the ridge just north of Las Trampas Lakes and south of Hidden Lake. The top of the ridge provides a spectacular view in all directions. When dropping down to the San Leonardo Lakes aim a short distance north of the lakes to avoid the rocky cliffs just to the east of the lake basin.

In the summer months the trail is used for hiking and horseback riding. In the Winter he trails are used for cross country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing From alpine to desert, Outspire guides enrich your experience by giving context to your hike. So that your destination is not only what you see, but a sense of where the area fits in New Mexico's history, geology and natural world. Our hiking guides are experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share the joy of being outside! Day hikes and winter snowshoe outings are planned to suit your interests and fitness.

Details

Length:
5.5 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9000
Elevation Range:
9000 feet to 11400
Elevation Change:
2400
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: El Valle, Truchas Peak

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

This is a well maintained, moderately difficult trail, climbing up the canyon and ending at either of three separate lake basins. Each of these lakes is located in a beautiful setting at the base of high mountain ridges with jagged rocky peaks. Remember, to camp outside of a 300' radius around all lakes.


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