Gold Hill-Trail 64

Carson National Forest, New Mexico

Distance3.7mi
Elevation Gain2,706ft
Trailhead Elevation10,857ft
Top12,704ft
Elevation Min/Max10857/12704ft
Elevation Start/End10857/10857ft

Gold Hill-Trail 64

Gold Hill Trail #64 is a hiking trail in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. It is within Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area and Carson National Forest. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 10,857 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,706 feet. The trail ends near Gold Hill (elevation 12,703 feet). This trail connects with the following: Wheeler Peak -Trail 90, Deer Creek Trail #69, Lobo Peak Trail #57 and Goose Creek Trail #65.

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Laurence Parent
"A day or overnight hike to a high peak above Red River and Taos Ski Valley with bristlecone pines, tundra, and spectacular views. The name Gold Hill is somewhat misleading, since the peak is one of the highest summits in northern New Mexico. Since the peak is separated by several miles from any other summits of comparable height, Gold Hill commands tremendous views of the northern New Mexico mountains. The peak provides views almost as spectacular as Wheeler Peak, New Mexico’s highest, but has far fewer people. If you arrive at the trailhead parking lot and find a traffic jam, consider climbing Gold Hill rather than Wheeler Peak. Be sure to get an early start on this hike. To avoid thunderstorms, you want to be on the summit before noon."
100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
"At 12,711 feet, Gold Hill qualifies more as a mountain than a hill, and hikers won’t find any precious metal on the summit. And although Gold Hill doesn’t quite make it on the list of the state’s ten highest named peaks, the view from the summit rivals that of nearby Wheeler Peak. The routes to these two high points share the first 2 miles, but at Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture most hikers head right to Wheeler, leaving the left-hand trail to Gold Hill delightfully devoid of people."

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9/12/2009
This trail was really close to Taos. We accidentally started at the end, which was only a few minutes into Kit Carson national park. Hiked for about 3 hours and it was all uphill.It was defintely a difficult section. By the time we got to the top of the mountain the highway and cars on it we came from were the size of ants. We had a bunch of scenic shots of Taos. There was about 20 cars in the parking lot, but we only saw about 4 couples. We think everyone else went on a more flat hike that went in the northwest direction. When we got to the top to the adjacent mountain the clouds quickly came in so we headed back earlier than we wanted. It only took a hour to get down. I would recommend hiking poles for this section, due to the steep decline coming back, tight trail (only one person could fit on most sections no side by side hiking) and the drop to the sides left little room for mistake. I loved it because I enjoy hard hikes with lots of scenery and few people.
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Trail Information

Carson National Forest
Nearby City
Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Difficult
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
Carson National Forest, PO Box 110, Questa, NM 87556; (575) 586-0520; www.fs.usda.gov/carson
Local Contacts
Wheeler Peak, Latir Peak and Columbine- Hondo Wildernesses, Recreational Map of Red River, Taos Ski Valley, and Vicinity, Carson National Forest; Wheeler Peak and Red River 7.5-minute USGS quads
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