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Middle Fork Lake Trail

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Nice gentle switchbacking ascent up to Middle Fork Lake.


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2.4

Miles

3.9

KM

Ascent

10,850' 3,307 m

High

9,635' 2,937 m

Low

1,219' 372 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

10%

Avg Slope (5°)

30%

Max Slope (17°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

Access to the trailhead on Forest Service Road 58 will likely require 4WD/AWD once there is any snow accumulation and the trailhead may become unreachable after heavy snow. Please note: parking is not permitted at the pullout off of 578 (where the turn onto FS 58 begins) if the road to the trailhead is impassable. Please be prepared for an extended approach from another area if this is the case. There is a pit toilet at the trailhead, however you'll probably want to bring your own toilet paper during the winter. Please note that this trail crosses through private land. Please be respectful of landowners.

Description

Travel south approximately six miles on State Highway 578 to the junction of Middle Fork and East Fork. The pavement ends here. Take the road to the right, Forest Road 58, for about 1.5 miles to a parking area. No turnaround or parking is available beyond this point. The trail begins here.

This route follows the snowshoeing, cross-country ski, and hiking trail ascending up to Middle Fork Lake and remains below treeline. The forest is pretty thick, but once enough snow is on the ground some tree lines could be ridden on the way down. However, from the lake there is access to the steeper terrain on the east side of Fraser or Bull of the Woods Mountains. The view from the lake is beautiful.

Additional information is available on the Forest Service website here: fs.usda.gov/recarea/carson/…

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Phillip Ferrier

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Arriving at Middle Fork Lake
Dec 12, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM
Skinning up Middle Fork Lake Trail
Dec 12, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM
Switchback on Middle Fork Lake Trail (most are wide enough that kick turns aren't required)
Dec 12, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM
Leaving the Middle Fork Lake Trailhead
Dec 12, 2020 near Taos Sk…, NM

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Jan 18, 2021
Phillip Ferrier
Super icy without much snow particularly on the north side of the lake. 6.1mi — 5h 02m
Nov 28, 2020
Phillip Ferrier
Ascended up the middle fork lake trail, cruised around the lake, skinned up the ridge on the north end of the lake, then skied all the way back down. 8.3mi — 3h 25m