Devisadero Peak Loop (Taos, New Mexico) 22-Jun-2018

Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
This year, our family round-up was in Taos, New Mexico. We couldn’t quite corral everyone but we got close. The LovedOne and I went out ahead of the rest, both to finalize housing and to get acclimated to the altitude (Taos is at 6,969 feet) with a starter hike. After consulting the hiking oracles, we picked this popular loop hike, which is in the Carson National Forest right on the edge of town. It offers views out across the Rio Grande Valley and seemed like the ideal place to start our acclimatization. We quickly learned to start all of our hikes, including this one, early to get ahead of the heat of the day.

Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
From the parking area at El Nogal on Highway 64, we started up under some powerlines
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
To a view south along the Rio Grande Valley
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
and of some cactus were still in bloom
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
Then more climbing – 1,400 feet in all
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
Pine trees became more common the higher we went
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
The summit of Devisadero, although viewless, offers seating on a “stone throne”
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
Starting down the return loop
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
Lobo Peak to the north
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
Passing the junction with the North Boundary Trail (USFS #495)
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
Taos from the trail
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
Continuing on back to El Nogal
Devisadero Peak Loop Trail Taos New Mexico
A great short loop hike (5.5 miles; 1,400 feet of elevation gain) on an excellent trail

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