4.3 km away
Steep climb to beautiful views of the Sangres.
Difficult Trail Running
- 7.7 km
- 690 m
- 690 m
The most popular trail in Taos Ski Valley—but for good reason!
Trail Running Moderate
Even though it's just two miles one-way, you'll still have to climb over a thousand vertical feet to reach the lake, meaning you'll need at least moderate fitness to complete this run.
The trail to the lake "begins in Engelmann spruce stands and near the upper end opens up into meadowland and scattered rock fields," according to the USFS. The lake is located in the Wilderness, and some people choose to camp near the lake, but the USFS notes that camping directly on the shores of the lake is not allowed. The USFS asks that you select a campsite at least 300 feet from the lake, rivers, streams, and springs, and that you follow leave no trace practices.