Hiking The Devisadero Loop Trail
The 13th most popular hiking trail in New Mexico.
Tuesday 9 August 2016 03:58 GMT
East of Taos, the Devisadero Trail (#108) is a 5 mile hiking loop used by hikers, bikers and equestrians with about 1,100 feet of elevation gain. This trail begins across the highway from the El Nogal Picnic Area. To reach from Taos, follow US Highway 64 approximately three miles east of Taos.
The Devisadero Loop Trail will pass through two very different forest types. On the south facing slope the trail travels through pinons, juniper and some gambel oak. As the trail drops over to the north side of the mountain the environment is much darker and cooler with tall Douglas firs and white firs replacing the smaller drought resistant pinon/juniper forest.
Approximately 1/4 mile from the trailhead you will encounter a fork in the trail. The righthand fork goes directly up to the Devisadero Peak, elevation 8,304 feet. The lefthand fork has switchbacks which will take you up to the ridgeline. Once on the ridgeline you can follow the trail eastward to Devisadero Peak
Overall, Devisadero Loop Trail is the 13th most popular hiking trail of all 39 hikes in New Mexico. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Devisadero Loop Trail including Agua Piedra Trail, Alamitos Trail, Maquinita Canyon, Cordova Trail and Amole Trail System.