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Lake Fork North Face

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 4.0 (2) SKI LINE

A wide open, steep face on one of New Mexico's highest peaks.


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12,760' 3,889 m

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12,015' 3,662 m

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Up

745' 227 m

Down

42%

Avg Slope (23°)

56%

Max Slope (29°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
Wilderness area—no mechanized equipment, drones etc.

Need to Know

This is dangerous avalanche terrain especially during the early season and after big storms. Checktaosavalanchecenter.org andnnmae.org to find and share information.

Description

This is the most famous backcountry ski descent in the Taos backcountry. This straightforward, obvious line is a classic—a high alpine, wide open chute dropping down Lake Fork's north face from the summit. Most people access this line via the Lake Fork Primitive Route.

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J. Bella

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Descending Lake Fork's north face during June 2016
Jan 24, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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Jun 8, 2019
Lee Ringer
Incredible run, great summit when approached from the east ridge — 3h 30m