“The spectacular views of the lakes and Truchas Peak at the end of the run are definitely the highlights of this trail.
— Kristen Arendt
Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
If camping at the lakes, the Forest Service requires you to camp outside of a 300’ radius from the lakes to preserve the delicate ecosystem.
This trail is great for a day run or an overnight backpack in the summer and fall, and snowshoeing or backcountry skiing in the winter.
The well-maintained trail follows the Rio de las Trampas up a gradual climb as you pass Trampas Peak on your left and skirt around Jicarilla Peak on your right. As you make your way uphill, the trail ends in a bowl with the naturally-formed Trampas Lakes, surrounded by stunning views of the Truchas Peaks, the second highest point in New Mexico!
From the trailhead at the Trampas Campground, head southeast along Rio de las Trampas. The trailhead is well-marked (Trail #31) and follows the Rio for the entire route.
Since the trail is in dense forest, watch for blowdowns during the winter and spring. At mile 2.3, the canyon opens up to a small meadow and avalanche chute. The trail gets a bit steeper after this and begins to follow several switchbacks as you make your way up the canyon.
At mile 5.5, you’ll come to an intersection for the lower Hidden Lake, which is a great option for a side-trip and will add approximately two miles roundtrip. Take the left fork to continue to the upper Trampas Lakes.