Manzanita Canyon Trail #58
ElevationAscent: 3,430' 1,046 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 11,798' 3,596 m
Low: 8,370' 2,551 m
GradeAvg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A steady climb along the Manzanita Canyon bottom towards Lobo Peak.”— Rachel Jagielski
Remember that there is an avalanche hazard during winter months, and any water collected from the stream must be treated before drinking.
The trail begins on old rocky doubletrack that eventually fades into singletrack. The climb is steady, with practically no respite. Numerous creek crossings provide a distraction from the lung and leg workout.
After the final creek crossing (#11), it is a particularly steep climb up a ridge between two canyons. Following this is a final mile's hard slog uphill with a few switchbacks to the intersection with Yerba Canyon Trail #61. The trail along this last section is marginally harder to traverse and to follow, but should not prove too challenging for an observant hiker.
To reach Lobo Peak, head north along the ridge on Trail #61 for only about a quarter mile to get to Lobo Peak Trail #57, and follow a sign to the short climb to the peak itself for wonderful views of the Taos Ski Valley, the Rio Grande Gorge, and the city of Taos itself.
Birds and squirrels are abundant, and a lucky hiker may glimpse deer, elk, black bear, mountain lion, or bighorn sheep.
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Land Manager: USFS - Carson National Forest