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Great short hike to a beautiful alpine lake.

Beautiful hiking along the Rio Hondo through beautiful pine and aspen forest to lovely alpine lake... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2019
Bob D
Taos, New Mexico, United States
Beautiful hike in the snow

My husband and I took this hike the week of Thanksgiving prior to the ski area at Taos opening... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2019
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 12 February 2019

Beautiful hiking along the Rio Hondo through beautiful pine and aspen forest to lovely alpine lake set below the towering Wheeler peak, the highest summit in New Mexico.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bob D
Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

My husband and I took this hike the week of Thanksgiving prior to the ski area at Taos opening. The town was empty and quiet. The trail is about a mile past the ski resort heading up the mountain. In the winter you will definitely...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank roamer222
Reviewed 30 December 2018

We love the hike from the ski area up to William's Lake. It's about 4 miles roundtrip. Doing this in the winter is wonderful as you practically have the trail to yourself. We went before Christmas and the trail was packed down pretty well, snowshoes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank christylou60
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Make sure you drive to the trailhead and not just the ski valley. This hike is beautiful. It had some snowpack in late October, but nothing really to worry about. Also, make sure you go to the right of the lake to see the cascading...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank DANIEL B
Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

We hiked this trail in October, amongst the snow. The terrain gradually had us climb from 10,000 feet to 11,000 feet. It was magical with the snow. We enjoyed the hike tremendously and would definitely do it again, although next time we would like to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rebecca K
Reviewed 17 October 2018

We thought the hike was a little difficult as there was snow on the path. The path was very narrow and filled with rocks. The view at the end is fantastic and a must hike.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 535wilsonr
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This was a great hike to really get a feel (and good look at) the Taos Ski Valley. The trailhead is a mile or two above the main base lodge area at Taos Ski Valley (you'll want to drive up to it or get a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Tracy B
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Went for a late afternoon jaunt, and it's a good thing we went when we did. There was a foreboding sign discouraging hikers from using the trail, in light of the many and heavy construction projects abounding in the woods. The builders appear to knock...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank MomoBobo
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Some of the reviews suggest this is an easy hike. That might be true for experienced hikers or for those more in shape. I don't fit either of those categories. I am moderately overweight and don't get a lot of exercise, plus I live at...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank 668barbaras
Reviewed 23 August 2018

Moderate hike, which ascends gently first through a smallish section of forest thinned for fire safety (not the most aesthetic but don't worry, this part is short) then intact forest. The trail ends at the lake, surrounded by high peaks.

Date of experience: August 2018
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18 April 2017|
Response from KathrynR105 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know how much snow will be there in April, maybe a lot!