Heart Lake And Latir Mesa

Taos, New Mexico 87571

Heart Lake And Latir Mesa

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"At the close of the most recent Ice Age, glaciers melted from the highest peaks of the Sangre de Cristo range and left behind a dozen small lakes in cirques at the heads of the valleys and amid the jagged skylines that form their backdrops.

Located in the Latir Wilderness, Heart Lake is only 5 miles from the trailhead and is backed by sweeping mesas that reach above 12,000 feet. For casual hikers, it is an easy climb to the lake; strong day hikers and backpackers can make a grand loop past the lake onto the alpine ridges of Latir Mesa, where sweeping views reach from the Latir Lakes below to the summits of distant Colorado."

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Trail Information

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mid-June to late September
USGS Red River and Latir Peak; USFS Latir and Wheeler Peak Wilderness
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