Adventure Projects is hiring a web engineer to join us in Boulder, CO
Hiking Project Logo

Trampas Lakes Trail #31

 4.5 (8)

Length


5.9 Miles 9.5 Kilometers


2,526' 770 m

Ascent

-77' -24 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

11,409' 3,477 m

High

8,961' 2,731 m

Low

Shared By Kristen Arendt

Conditions


Unknown

Getting forecast...

The spectacular views of the lakes and Truchas Peak at the end of the hike are definitely the highlights of this trail.

Kristen Arendt

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

If camping at the lakes, the Forest Service requires you to camp outside of a 300’ radius from the lakes to preserve the delicate ecosystem.

Description

This trail is great for a day hike or an overnight backpack in the summer and fall, and snowshoeing or backcountry skiing in the winter.

The well-maintained trail follows the Rio de las Trampas up a gradual climb as you pass Trampas Peak on your left and skirt around Jicarilla Peak on your right. As you make your way uphill, the trail ends in a bowl with the naturally-formed Trampas Lakes, surrounded by stunning views of the Truchas Peaks, the second highest point in New Mexico!

From the trailhead at the Trampas Campground, head southeast along Rio de las Trampas. The trailhead is well-marked (Trail #31) and follows the Rio for the entire route.

Since the trail is in dense forest, watch for blowdowns during the winter and spring. At mile 2.3, the canyon opens up to a small meadow and avalanche chute. The trail gets a bit steeper after this and begins to follow several switchbacks as you make your way up the canyon.

At mile 5.5, you’ll come to an intersection for the lower Hidden Lake, which is a great option for a side-trip and will add approximately two miles roundtrip. Take the left fork to continue to the upper Trampas Lakes.

Contacts

You & This Trail


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Aug 4, 2018
River Lotic
Fun and hard! 12mi
Sep 2, 2017
Amy Nguyen
5.9mi
Jul 4, 2017
surfaces
Day hike with Esme 11.8mi

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 8 votes

#1

in El Valle

#956

Overall
  4.5 from 8 votes
5 Star
63%
4 Star
25%
3 Star
13%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#1

in El Valle

#14

in New Mexico

#956

Overall
410 Views Last Month
4,075 Since Nov 23, 2016
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
0%
57%
43%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking