Sawmill Park Trail 55

Carson National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,217ft
Trailhead Elevation10,983ft
Elevation Min/Max9879/10986ft
Elevation Start/End10983/10983ft

Sawmill Park Trail 55

Sawmill Park Trail #55 is a hiking trail in Taos County and Colfax County, New Mexico. It is within Carson National Forest and Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 10,983 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,217 feet. This trail connects with the following: East Fork Trail #56 - Lost and Horseshoe Lakes.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The 3-mile-long meadow by Sawmill Creek is one of New Mexico’s easiestto- reach high-country destinations. The grades of this trail are gentle enough for beginning backpackers. Idyllic campsites are located at the west end of the meadow and in the basins of several side drainages that enter from the west. Most visitors to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness head for the rim country to the west; it is likely that hikers will have Sawmill Park to themselves."

Sawmill Park Trail #55 Trip Reports

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The trailhead was very easy to find. The hike was quite pleasant and lived up to its billing. I would recommend a week day for this hike due to crowds.
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Note that due to all the construction, Twining Road continues all the way to the upper parking lot, meaning that finding the trailhead is a lot less complicated than described in the guide book. The trail is relatively easy. Little toddlers might get tired and want to be carried, but most children should make it fine. We got sleet and rain in copious amounts on our way back, but that is because we started late and spent time walking around Lake Williams. Upstream from the lake is a beautiful waterfall that requires a small steep-grade climb, but it is worth it. Just take the trail to the right when reaching Lake Williams instead of bearing left, as most people are likely to do.

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Trail Information

Carson National Forest
Nearby City
Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area
Skill Level
USGS Wheeler Peak and Eagle Nest; USFS Latir and Wheeler Peak Wilderness
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