Weekend Backpacking Trip to Trampas Lakes

  • August 17, 2012 · 8:00 PM
  • Trampas Lakes

This hike (trail #31) will take us up the canyon of the Rio de las Trampas (along a stream) to the Trampas Lakes which sit below the Truchas and Jicarilla peaks at 11,400 feet. The upper part of this canyon is a typical U-shape caused by past glaciers. Our camp sits between the 2 trout filled lakes in a beautiful setting. This is one of my favorite high elevation hikes in New Mexico!

You will be able to RSVP for this trip starting July 1, 2012

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 have 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 August 3, 2012

Trip Dates: August 17 (Friday evening) thru August 19 (Sunday hike out)

Drive Time to Campground/Trailhead: 2 hr 15 min from ABQ

Campground/Trailhead Location: Trampas Trailhead Primitive Campground Forest Rd 207

Directions to Campground/Trailhead: Take I-25 north to Santa Fe, then US 84/285 (St Francis Exit) out of Santa Fe north into Espanola.  Continue "straight" through Espanola and 84/285 becomes SR 68.  Continue down SR 68 a short distance and turn right onto SR 76 (also called Santa Cruz Road).  Take SR 76 through the village of Truchas where things can get tricky. In Truchas you actually have to make a left turn to stay on State Route 76.  If you don't make the turn and continue straight, you'll be on Route 639 which eventually deadends. Back on State Route 76 you'll drive through the village of Trampas. Within a mile after going through Trampas you will turn right onto Forest Road 207. Take FR 207 through El Valle and in approximately 9 miles it ends at the primitive campsite and trailhead. Look for our Meetup sign and tents.  If by chance the campsites at the end of the road are full we'll camp a little further back up the road, so just turn around and look for us!

 A passenger car can easily make this drive, just keep an eye out for a few rocks!

Trip Rating: Moderate to Difficult (high elevation and gain)

Trail Length: 6 miles Saturday, 6 miles Sunday, 12 miles total (day hike options)

Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft

Elevation Range: 8,900 feet to 11,400 feet

Expected Temps: Highs in 70's, lows near 50

Dogs Allowed

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect!

Contact Bob F with any questions

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  • Derrick

    finally made it woohoo!

    August 22, 2012

  • Bonita

    Blowback

    August 22, 2012

    • Derrick

      there was one more that came later.

      August 22, 2012

  • Derrick

    anyone remember the nickname we came up with for Dean?

    August 22, 2012

  • Amey

    Hi all,

    I've posted some of the photographs I shot from the recent Nambe Lake trip on my Picasa page. Here's the link: https://picasaweb.google.com/114...­

    August 19, 2012

    • Melissa Koch

      Nice job on the pictures, they look great.

      August 20, 2012

    • Amey

      Thanks Melissa! :)

      August 21, 2012

  • Chris

    Really, really nice. Bob and Amey were are terrific organizers. They made newer members feel welcome and helped out another seasoned backpacker that got a bit of altitude sickness.

    August 20, 2012

  • Amey

    Typo...:-) , it's the correct link though

    August 20, 2012

  • Bob F

    As much as we'd love to look at those Nambe Lake photos again, didn't you mean "the recent Trampas Lakes trip"?

    August 20, 2012

  • Bonita

    Thanks guys! Sorry I wasn't much fun last night :-( but I am feeling a lot better! Thanks for hanging with Melissa, I truly appreciate it!

    August 19, 2012

    • Bonita

      Me too! Derrick, thanks for your offer to walk back down with me! I came close to taking you up on it, but I am glad I didn't have to! See you guys on the trail again soon!! :-)

      August 19, 2012

    • Bob F

      Glad you're feeling better!

      August 20, 2012

  • Bob F

    Even with some rain it was a fun trip!

    August 20, 2012

  • Amey

    Great trip! Thanks to Bob for organizing. :)

    August 20, 2012

  • Bonita

    Even with some rain, the trip was still worth it!

    August 19, 2012

  • Dean

    I posted some pix using the meetup app. I think I should do that more often!

    August 19, 2012

  • Melissa Koch

    Wonderful hike with fun people

    August 19, 2012

  • Dean

    Hey Bonita! Hope you're feeling better :-)

    August 19, 2012

    • Melissa Koch

      Me too Bonita! It was really great to meet you. you kick butt!

      August 19, 2012

  • Derrick

    ok so no puppies coming and I have Friday off. I am gonna head up early friday and hike up to nearby San Leonard Lakes. If anyone wants to join let me know. Bob what time you getting to the Friday camp?

    August 14, 2012

    • Chris

      Darn wish Dean and I were heading up earlier!

      August 16, 2012

    • Bonita

      I might be able to Derrick...I'll text ya if I can!

      August 16, 2012

  • Melissa Koch

    Is there really a spot still open on this trip? if so, would I be able to car pool with someone? I lack a vehicle for this one, consequently this would also be my first trip with the group.

    August 6, 2012

    • Melissa Koch

      Dean and Chris, I got a ride with Dave so you don't have to worry about me yammering on or strapping me to the roof. However, if you want to strap me to your packs and carry me up the mountain I might not mind ;)

      August 15, 2012

    • Chris

      Great Melissa ... the part of you getting a ride, not being carried up the mountain by Dean and me!

      1 · August 16, 2012

  • Dean

    I'm not much of an angler, but I was thinking I could take my stuff up to fish,too. Looks like at least 3 others are interested ...

    August 16, 2012

  • Dean

    Melissa, you'll be missing out!! Chris and I are alotta fun!!! Well.... Chris is.

    August 15, 2012

    • Melissa Koch

      Oh goodie, I will look forward to fun. You will have to make up for it on the actual excursion.

      August 15, 2012

    • Chris

      OMG, I really should be checking this more often when my ears are ringing!

      August 16, 2012

  • Dean

    Nah, you have no idea. We're a blast!! :-) good laughs! Charlie the dog finding wild shrooms and seeing munchkins was a special occasion!

    August 15, 2012

    • Bonita

      I was freakin awesome! The hardest I have laughed in a long time!! One occasion I will NEVER forget! Charlie is so cool!

      August 15, 2012

    • Bonita

      Oops...I meant to say "THAT was freaking awesome!!" sorry...typo!

      1 · August 15, 2012

  • Dean

    You'll still get one!!!

    August 15, 2012

    • Bonita

      I'm sure I will Dean....I always do!!

      August 15, 2012

  • Melissa Koch

    Oh, I am starting to get a picture of what I might be in for with this group

    August 15, 2012

  • Dean

    Deal :-) lol

    1 · August 15, 2012

  • Bob F

    I should be arriving at the camp area around 3:00 pm Friday.

    1 · August 15, 2012

  • Bonita

    If there's no more room with Dave, someone can ride with me....only problem is I have two dogs in the back

    August 13, 2012

  • Ed

    Hello Dave, if you still have room I'd be interested in carpooling. Thanks!

    August 12, 2012

  • Dana

    Dave- I would be interested in carpooling- any idea how early you'd want to leave? Thanks! Dana

    August 10, 2012

    • Dave Perry

      Sometime after 3:00pm. See my email for more details.

      August 10, 2012

  • Dave Perry

    Any one else interested in car pooling? I'll be going up Friday afternoon from ABQ and have a Toyota Tundra with room for 3 plus camper shell to cover gear in the back.

    August 10, 2012

    • Melissa Koch

      Hi Dave, I could car pool with you. Chris thought he might have room for me but wasn't sure. I could leave Friday afternoon easily. Let me know and I can pitch in for gas.

      August 10, 2012

  • Bonita

    I would but I have two dogs...sorry

    August 10, 2012

  • Derrick

    forgot to mention I have to bring my dogs on this trip. not trained but I am working on them. We are prepared to camp away from the group and might go up a day early to check out san leonard lakes.

    August 6, 2012

  • Bonita

    I'll be happy to teach you what little I know...and you don't have to carry my fishing stuff! :-)

    July 17, 2012

  • Derrick

    Bonita I will carry your fishing stuff if you give me a lesson!?!?

    July 17, 2012

  • Bob F

    There's quite a few trout in both lakes! Sometimes you can see them from the shore and they look to be in the 12" to 15" range. But, I've never fished there. Shoot Paul (attended the Serpent Lake trip last month) an email asking what he used.

    July 11, 2012

  • Bonita

    If there's trout...I'm definitely bringing my fly rod!

    July 10, 2012

  • Chris

    Did I read something about trout in the lakes in the description or am I dreaming? Anyone fished there before and can give some pointers?

    July 3, 2012

  • Derrick

    You could always cruise up to Abq and carpool with someone from there to ease the pain of the long drive.

    June 18, 2012

  • Tyler Krueger

    I am seriously considering this backpacking trip but since I live in las cruces logistics is more difficult due distance and time ..I really would like to experience a more alpine setting than is available in the Gila/southern nm

    June 18, 2012

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