Williams Lake Trail 62

Carson National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,272ft
Trailhead Elevation10,183ft
Elevation Min/Max10180/11153ft
Elevation Start/End10183/10183ft

Williams Lake Trail 62

Williams Lake Trail #62 is a hiking trail in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. It is within Carson National Forest and Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 10,183 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,272 feet. The Williams Lake Trailhead Parking is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67.

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"Despite the state’s relatively southern latitude, New Mexico’s highest terrain was covered by glaciers until about 10,000 years ago. Hikers basking in the refreshing air of the alpine world surrounding the shores of Williams Lake will find it easy to picture the thousand-foot-thick sheet of snow and ice that filled the valley. The lake itself lies in a deep cirque completely surrounded by a jagged ring of peaks. Although the summit is not visible from the lake, Wheeler Peak—the state’s highest point—forms the eastern rim of the cirque."
Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Laurence Parent
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"Williams Lake nestles in a large glacial cirque at the western base of Wheeler Peak. The level of the small lake fluctuates somewhat depending on precipitation. It does not support fish, possibly because the entire lake freezes some years due to its shallowness. High craggy peaks encircle the lake, providing a stunning setting. Because the lake is easier to reach than most of the alpine lakes in New Mexico, the hike is popular, especially on summer weekends. It even gets significant use by people on snowshoes in winter. Blue paint marks on the trees mark the trail for winter travelers."

Williams Lake Trail #62 Trip Reports

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Hats off to the people who have designed and maintained this trail. From just a couple miles in the fact that this area is old growth becomes obvious as you are treated to one sensory treat after another. The stunning views from the top of the divide are equaled by the lushness of the forest itself. Hiking this trail is an opportunity to experience the world as it was when it was still young. What a magnificent artist the creator is!

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Trail Information

Carson National Forest
Nearby City
Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
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 7.5-minute USGS quad
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