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.
Williams Lake Trail #62 Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
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