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Gavilan Trail #60

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 4.1 (7)

A steep climb to a meadow with beautiful views.


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Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.3

KM

Point to Point

11,174' 3,406 m

High

8,921' 2,719 m

Low

2,253' 687 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Need to Know

The best views are in the meadow area; the remaining climb to the top of the ridge is only necessary to bring you to the junction with Lobo Peak Trail.

Description

Driving along Hwy 150 into Taos Ski Valley; this trail begins off to the left just before the Taos Ski Valley Village Limit.

The trail begins by winding its way along the back of a few buildings. It starts climbing immediately, and after the creek crossing just over 0.5 miles in (plenty of rocks, so no need even to wet your boots), the first set of switchbacks begin. These switchbacks take you up to another small creek crossing and a fork in the trail, where a sign points left for a quarter mile to Gavilan Falls. The main trail continues to the right.

The next quarter mile is a steep climb along the south-facing side of the canyon, followed by some shallower switchbacks that continue until the trail opens up into a meadow. During your roughly 0.5 mile climb through the meadow (which includes one more nearly insignificant stream crossing and a couple of times when the trail pops back among trees for a bit), don't forget to look behind you for some stunning views of the peaks surrounding the Williams Lake basin.

After the meadow, is one last steep, gravelly climb to the juntion with Lobo Peak Trail #57. This is a launching point to get to Lobo Peak by heading west and to Gold Hill by heading east, with other trails branching off between and continuing beyond.

Flora & Fauna

Birds, including the beautiful Steller's jay, and squirrels are the most readily seen animals near the trail, though there are deer, elk, black bear, and mountain lion in the area as well.

Pines, aspens, spruces, and firs grow tall above an undergrowth of low-lying juniper shrubs, kinnikinick, grasses, and wildflowers.

Contacts

Shared By:

Rachel Jagielski with improvements by Anne Travels and 1 other

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  4.1 from 7 votes

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#126

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Photos

The view from the meadow looking towards Wheeler Peak, Kachina Peak, and others nearby
May 21, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Gavilan Trail on the way back as it descends through the meadow
May 21, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Aspen and evergreen treetops along the Gavilan Trail
Nov 24, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM
Autumn glory of aspen filtered sunlight on the Gavilan Trail
Nov 24, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM
Hiking through the alpine meadow of the Gavilan trail
Nov 24, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM
Aspens and evergreens in the high meadow of the Gavilan trail
Nov 24, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM

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Oct 7, 2020
Matthew Kidd
Aspen trees near peak yellow, stream still flowing 2.7mi
Jun 16, 2020
Kelly Mccrom
Starting the trail... goal Is the meadow this time
Jun 13, 2020
Kelly Mccrom
Starting the trail
Jul 18, 2019
Valerie Norton
My way down from Lobo and Flag: https://valhikes.blogspot.com/2019/07/lobo-peak-and-flag-mountain.html
Sep 8, 2018
Tarah Nelson
Sep 5, 2018
Marc Corbin
Nice hike with my four legger Luke. 5.7mi