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Williams Lake

Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM
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Beautiful; maybe wait until late June because of snow

The hike itself was very enjoyable. Getting to the lake is mostly uphill, and when I went June 9th... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Durango, Colorado
via mobile
Great walk form above the ski area.

A little difficult to find the trailhead, but a wonderful walk -- July/August has an explosion of... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Taos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The hike itself was very enjoyable. Getting to the lake is mostly uphill, and when I went June 9th, there was a lot of snow. It made for a pretty icy and slushy hike, which was difficult with a toddler in a backpack. The view...More

Thank ljhinz
Reviewed 3 April 2017

A little difficult to find the trailhead, but a wonderful walk -- July/August has an explosion of great wildflowers and "wild" mushrooms.

Thank willisgreiner
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is a fairly easy hike for people of all ages! You start this adventure near the Phoenix-Kachina lift of Taos Ski Valley Bring a picnic to enjoy after you reach the lake-remember something for the chipmunks and the birds!! This is a lovely outing...More

2  Thank bobbihaque
Reviewed 21 February 2017

I've been to Williams Lake several times and love it. The views are amazing and the hike up is tough, but short. I went three times this summer (June, July and August of 2016). When I hiked there in June, there was still a lot...More

Thank Traveler_J2018
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is worth the day trip. From the town of Taos, Taos Ski Valley is about 40 minute drive. The hike is worth the time. Remember you are going to over 9,000 feet in the Ski Valley and then higher to the Lake, so if...More

1  Thank Starlillies
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

We are in our 50s and hike all over the country on moderate trails. We would call this one a little bit more than moderate. Probably because of the snow and the altitude . We had our snowshoes on and they helped tremendously. The trail...More

2  Thank Beth G
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

If you are in shape and acclimated to altitude, this is an easy hike. Rocky road initially, I wore hiking shoes which were perfect, although a good pair of sturdy walking shoes will do fine. Person I hiked with was in fair shape and not...More

Thank Ken R
Reviewed 31 October 2016

4 miles round trip. not too steep. it is a popular trail for a good reason, the view at the top is stunning. the first third is basically a road, then it narrows to more of a trail.

Thank KathrynR105
Reviewed 30 October 2016

From the Taos Ski Basin this is a short mostly up hill hike/walk. Sneakers are fine. If you plan to go on to climb Wheeler Peak then a more aggressive hiking shoe is wise. This is a beautiful and easy walk. Well worthit

Thank ventura86
Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a "must do" hike when visiting the Taos Ski Valley. I have done the hike several time-each time I go to Taos. I have snowshoed in winter, but my favorite hike is in October when the leaves turn golden, and the temperature is...More

Thank stevieweavie2013
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Hello, my husband and I want to hike to see Williams Lake during last weekend of April. How is the weather and will there be a lot of snow on the trail? I am in a decent physical shape and I have done few day hikes, but never hiked in winter/snow.
19 April 2017|
Response from KathrynR105 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know how much snow will be there in April, maybe a lot!