Trampas Lakes Trail (Trail 31) is a hiking trail in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. It is within Carson National Forest and Pecos Wilderness Area. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 11,419 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,684 feet. The trail ends near the Trampas Campground camp site.
Trampas Lakes Trail-Trail 31 Professional Reviews and Guides
"As it climbs 5 miles up the canyon of the Rio de las Trampas, the Trampas Lake Trail 31 stays within shouting distance of the cascading stream. The well-worn trail provides a long but reasonably gentle route to the lakes, which are nestled in a rock-lined bowl between Jicarilla and the Truchas peaks. Around the lakes, the entire horseshoe ridgeline stands above 12,400 feet. As late as 12,000 years ago, the high peaks of the Pecos Wilderness supported small glaciers and the upper canyon of the Rio de las Trampas exhibits the distinctive U shape of glacial valleys. The small stream—the “River of the Traps” in Spanish—takes its name from the days of the mountain men who came from Taos to trap beaver in the canyon. It is likely that Kit Carson trapped this stream early in his Western career."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
"This is a long day hike or overnight trip to two beautiful alpine lakes in the Pecos Wilderness.
The northern end of the Pecos Wilderness is much less heavily visited than the areas around Santa Fe and the Pecos River drainage. On summer weekends, the trail is probably moderately busy. The two natural Trampas Lakes, and a third another mile up the trail, were formed when glaciers carved out basins in the rock and deposited rock dams, or moraines at the downstream ends of the basins. The lakes are tucked into forest just below timber line. Above tower sheer canyon walls and the 13,000-foot Truchas Peaks, the second highest in New Mexico.
The trailhead campground consists basically of a pit toilet and a sign but still makes a good camp before or after the hike. No water taps or tables are present. Creek water can be treated for use."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
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