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Backpacking Trip to Horseshoe Lake (Wheeler Peak Wilderness)

  • Aug 2, 2013 · 11:00 AM





This is an extended weekend trip.

We will meet Friday morning at the trailhead, backpack to the lake and camp at the lake on Friday and Saturday nights. Saturday will be a day for hiking around the area with the option of summiting Wheeler Peak and/or other peaks in the area. Sunday we will hike out and drive home.

We will be hiking up trail 91, passing Lost Lake, to Horseshoe Lake where we will set up camp.

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form it can be downloaded from our "Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

If you RSVP "Yes" for this trip please plan on attending. Please read our RSVP Policy located in our "Pages" section.

The deadline for changing a "YES" RSVP to a "NO" RSVP is July 19, 2013

Trip Dates: August 2 (Friday morning) thru August 4 (Sunday hike out)

Drive Time to Trailhead/Camp Area on Friday Morning: 3.5 hours from ABQ

Campground/Trailhead Location: West Fork trailhead at the end of Forest Service Road 58

Directions to Camp Area/Trailhead: Drive to Red River. If you are coming from Questa, drive through Red River. Bear right at fork and head south on NM 578 which is Forest Service Road 58. Drive 8.3 miles down FS 58 to the road's end at the parking area and the West Fork trailhead.

Trip Rating: Moderate (day hikes could be difficult with elevation gain)

Trail Length: 7 miles Friday, 7 miles Sunday (14 miles total)

Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft

Elevation: 11,950 ft (at lake)

Expected Temps: Highs 70's, lows in upper 40's to 50's

Link to Horseshoe Lake Weather Forecast

Dogs Allowed

Contact Eric Krosche with any questions.

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  • Eric K.

    It was a wonderful time with all of you!

    1 · August 7, 2013

  • Chris R

    Nice backpack with nice weather. I had a nice time and was also glad to meet some more fellow backpackers. I look forward to our next outing!

    August 6, 2013

  • John U.

    This meetup showed how 6 hours of rain a night made the trip better. The rain never started until everybody was about to call it a night....Boy was it green up there.

    Thanks to Chad, Eric, Terrie and Corrrie for some lively conversation.

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Expect to be there around 12:30

    August 1, 2013

    • Eric K.

      See you at the lake.

      August 2, 2013

  • Michael C.

    I've been there many times. Great place to visit! Do you have a good map? If not, check out this one It can be purchased at most stores in Red RIver, and the outdoors shops in Taos.

    July 25, 2013

    • Eric K.

      How about joining us?

      July 25, 2013

  • Chad

    IM driving from abq, who wants a ride?

    July 18, 2013

    • Michael C.

      The road to the west fork trailhead is okay for 2wd vehicles with average clearance. Don't take your Miatta :)

      July 25, 2013

    • Eric K.

      How about joining us?

      July 25, 2013

  • Chad

    + my dog buzz

    June 22, 2013

    • Christine

      I'd say practically human. He had way more composure than I'd have in close sight of a moose (judging from the pic).

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • Chad

    + buzz

    May 29, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Is buzz a pet? If so, please don't use an RSVP spot for them.

      June 22, 2013

  • Paula

    I have changed my RSVP to no because I am likely to be out of town that weekend. If it turns out I can join you and there is space I will sign up.

    May 27, 2013

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