The Best Day Hikes in America: Trampas Lakes

Carson National Forest, New Mexico
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You won’t find sawtooth ridges like the gray headwalls that protect these twin tarns anywhere else this far south in the Rockies. You also won’t find footprints: A rough road and blowdowns on the trail keep it empty.

Find the twin Trampas Lakes nestled at 11,400 feet—one framed by a fence-post ridge and the other by a rock face that arcs south to 13,100-foot North Truchas Peak. If you’re feeling sporty, tackle the mile-long spur to Hidden Lake, where monkshood, bluebells, and wild geranium bloom in midsummer.

Distance 11 miles (out and back) Trailhead 36.044611, -105.672730 Drive time 1:23 from Santa Fe Season April to November Contact