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Williams Falls

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Beautiful cascading waterfalls surrounded by old growth forest.


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0.3

Miles

0.5

KM

85%

Runnable

11,160' 3,402 m

High

11,041' 3,365 m

Low

126' 38 m

Up

34' 10 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Need to Know

To preserve wilderness characteristics and riparian areas within the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, campsites should be at least 300 feet away from streams, lakes, and wetlands. Per USFS regulations, only pre-existing campsites may be used in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Please follow Leave No Trace guidelines - pack it in, pack it out - including toilet paper.

Description

Also known as Lake Fork Falls or Frazer Falls, this series of steep cascades is hidden in the forest southwest of Williams Lake. Several tributaries flowing from Lake Fork Peak's southeast basin merge into a fast-flowing stream above the waterfalls which can be heard rushing down the mountainside as you approach the lake. The route is steep and rugged; class 2+ climbing skills and stable footing are necessary to reach the waterfalls.

From the sign at the north end of Williams Lake, look for a narrow footpath heading southwest. The trail crosses a rock field and steep side slopes full of willows before leveling out near a wetland where the stream flows into the lake, then heads into the forest and climbs steeply alongside the waterfalls.

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J. Bella

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#10,178

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Williams Lake 10/2016
Oct 25, 2016 near Taos Sk…, NM
Williams Lake late October 2018.
Oct 21, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Williams Lake
Jul 4, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM
Williams Falls upper cascade.
Jul 11, 2019 near Taos Sk…, NM

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