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Address: Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM

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Well-worth the Hike!

This is a fairly easy hike for people of all ages! You start this adventure near the Phoenix-Kachina lift of Taos Ski Valley Bring a picnic to enjoy after you reach the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
bobbihaque
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Taos, New Mexico, United States
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Taos, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fairly easy hike for people of all ages! You start this adventure near the Phoenix-Kachina lift of Taos Ski Valley Bring a picnic to enjoy after you reach the lake-remember something for the chipmunks and the birds!! This is a lovely outing for children, seniors, and dogs too! A big deal to brag about in winter is... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been to Williams Lake several times and love it. The views are amazing and the hike up is tough, but short. I went three times this summer (June, July and August of 2016). When I hiked there in June, there was still a lot of snow on the ground and the path got pretty slushy on the way back... More 

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Taos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is worth the day trip. From the town of Taos, Taos Ski Valley is about 40 minute drive. The hike is worth the time. Remember you are going to over 9,000 feet in the Ski Valley and then higher to the Lake, so if you need oxygen some places in town sale it. Often a Chlorophyll tincture, maybe from... More 

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Thank Starlillies
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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We are in our 50s and hike all over the country on moderate trails. We would call this one a little bit more than moderate. Probably because of the snow and the altitude . We had our snowshoes on and they helped tremendously. The trail is well groomed and packed but still a bit slippery and any step off the... More 

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Lake Conroe, United States
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Great place to stop and get information on all the attractions in the area. Plenty of parking, friendly staff, clean restrooms, Free WIFI.

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Thank David F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

If you are in shape and acclimated to altitude, this is an easy hike. Rocky road initially, I wore hiking shoes which were perfect, although a good pair of sturdy walking shoes will do fine. Person I hiked with was in fair shape and not used to altitude (over 11,000 ft) so we had to stop every 15 min on... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

4 miles round trip. not too steep. it is a popular trail for a good reason, the view at the top is stunning. the first third is basically a road, then it narrows to more of a trail.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

From the Taos Ski Basin this is a short mostly up hill hike/walk. Sneakers are fine. If you plan to go on to climb Wheeler Peak then a more aggressive hiking shoe is wise. This is a beautiful and easy walk. Well worthit

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Cedar Hill, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a "must do" hike when visiting the Taos Ski Valley. I have done the hike several time-each time I go to Taos. I have snowshoed in winter, but my favorite hike is in October when the leaves turn golden, and the temperature is pleasant. Joy!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a wonderful hike. go in the morning to avoid the crowds and you will be rewarded with amazing solitutde. even though its only 2 miles, its not easy, as it is a 2 mile rise and is at high altitude, 11,000 feet at the end. prepare to work for it, especially as an east coaster.

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