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Columbine Trail is a beautiful singletrack trail connecting Columbine Campground to Lobo Peak Trail #57.


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Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.3

KM

Point to Point

11,180' 3,408 m

High

7,934' 2,418 m

Low

3,249' 990 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Need to Know

This trail is an out and back, but it connects up with several other trails. The most important thing is that there is no water source after about 5 miles, so refilling is important, especially if you are planning to continue on Lobo Peak Trail #57 or Gavilan Trail #60. There is plenty of foot traffic close to the trailhead, but you'll have solitude after a couple of miles.

Description

The trailhead is at the far end of Columbine Campground. There is a vault toilet and parking. For the first 5 miles, the trail follows Columbine Creek. There are several creek crossing, four with well-constructed bridges. Other crossings can be made by hopping from rock-to-rock, unless the water is high.

1.5 miles from the trailhead is a trail leading to Gold Hill and Twinings. Another mile up there is access to Placer Fork Trail.

Flora & Fauna

During late summer, asters and Indian paint brush are the prominent flowers. During early summer, columbine may be seen. Although no bear scat was on the trail, bears are in the area. Wild turkeys may be seen in the meadows. During a rainy summer, there are many types of mushrooms, including boletus.

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Shared By:

Gail Leedy

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Trail Rankings

#167

in New Mexico

#11,277

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Photos

Top of Gavilan / Columbine.
Sep 19, 2021 near Taos Sk…, NM
Bridge over Columbine creek.
Sep 19, 2021 near Questa, NM

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May 8, 2022
Michael Wolfe
5mi — 3h 46m
May 8, 2022
Mikhael Wolfe
Great P2P 4mi
Sep 13, 2021
Private User
Sep 23, 2020
Raymond Palmer
Very nice hike. Trees just starting to change. 5.3mi — 3h 30m
Jun 22, 2020
Scott B
Oct 19, 2019
Hayden Logan
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