Horseshoe Lake

Taos, New Mexico 87571

Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Horseshoe and Lost lakes lie in rugged bowls at the foot of the highest ridge in New Mexico. The trail to the lakes is surprisingly gentle, threading through deep conifer forest up and above the canyon of the East Fork of the Red River. Ample campsites are available along the way, and this beautiful area invites more than a day trip. Both lakes host good populations of trout and are popular destinations for anglers. From Horseshoe Lake it is a short trip to the summit of Wheeler Peak, but extending the hike in this manner should be attempted only as part of an overnight trip.

Hikers can eliminate the road portion of this hike with a short, 2-mile shuttle by leaving a car or a mountain bike at the Middle Fork Lake Trailhead, then driving to start the hike at the East Fork Trailhead. See Hike 21, Sawmill Park, for driving directions to the East Fork Trailhead."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
late June to mid-October
USGS Wheeler Peaks
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