This is the beginning half of hike #33 described in the book 50 Hikes In Northern New Mexico. It starts out from Columbine Campground heading south along Columbine Creek on Trail 71. Then it goes east on Placer Fork along Trail 72. Finally it follows Trail 104 southeast along the Willow Fork. "At 6.3 miles you enter the bottom end of a fantastic basin. The headwaters of Willow Fork carve a line through an open grass and wildflower zone...This is an ideal location for an overnight campsite."
From this campsite it is a strenuous 1.9 miles to the summit of Gold Hill (12711 ft).
You can download a pdf file of the trip description by hovering your mouse cursor over “More” on the Meetup page tool bar and selecting “Files”.
We will camp Friday night at the trailhead and camp along the trail Saturday night.
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.
Trip Dates: June 14 (Friday evening) thru June 16 (Sunday hike out)
Drive Time to Trailhead/Camp Area on Friday Night: 3 hours from ABQ
Campground/Trailhead Location: Columbine Campground off of NM 38. Campground fee is $17/Site, $5.00 extra vehicle fee.
Directions to Camp Area/Trailhead: Drive to Questa. From the intersection of NM 522 and NM 38 in Questa, turn onto NM 38 heading towards Red River. Travel 5.2 miles on NM 38 to the Columbine Campground on the right side of the road.
Trip Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
Trail Length: 6.3 miles Saturday, 6.3 miles Sunday (12.6 miles total)
Elevation Gain: about 3050 ft
Elevation: 7950 ft at Columbine Campground and about 11,000 ft at the headwaters of Willow Fork
Expected Temps: Highs 60's, lows in upper 30's to 40's
Link to Willow Fork Weather Forecast
Contact Eric Krosche with any questions