Hiking The Alamitos Trail

The 18th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.

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South of Taos and northwest of Holman, the Alamitos Trail is a 13.6 mile route above 10,000 feet that is open to hiking. This hiking trail climbs from Alamitos Trailhead to the Jicarita Peak Ridge then descends 1,000 feet in elevation into the East Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara drainage. The 1,000 foot drop into the drainage is steep and difficult. About 3.5 miles from the Alamitos Trailhead a spur trail takes a side trip to Serpent Lake. The trail climbs steeply up Jicarita Peak Ridge for another mile. The Jicarita Peak Ridge is barren and exposed and should be avoided during bad weather.

Trail 19 can also be accessed from the Agua Piedra campground on State Highway 518. The trail form Agua Piedra campground to the East Fork of the Rio Santa Barbara is 16 miles.

Overall, Alamitos Trail is the 18th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Alamitos Trail including Agua Piedra Trail, Devisadero Loop Trail, Maquinita Canyon, Cordova Trail and Amole Trail System.


Local Contact(s):  CNF (505) 587-2255; Taos Visitors (800) 758-3873; NM Tourism (800) SEENEWM.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Mexico" from Laurence Parent

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Agua Piedra Campground

Luxury Loding:  Fechin Inn, Taos (800) 811-2938

Breakfast Restaurant:  Michaels Kitchen Restaurant, Taos

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/carson/

GPS:  36.1345, -105.5311

Date Published:  1/6/2016

Date Updated:  8/15/2016

ID:  14328


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