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Gavilan Trail #60, NM

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Rated  Favorite Wish List NM > North Central
3 of 5 by 2
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,889 feet
Elevation Gain 2,282 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,289 feet
Avg Time One Way 3-4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.63
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Possibly Connect
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9  2018-05-27 friendofThunderg
12  2010-08-20 gpsjoe
9  2010-08-20 Grasshopper
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Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep → 7 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  7:11am - 5:17pm
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Nearby Area Water
Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail
Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail
1.8 mi away
15.0 mi
4,302 ft
Gold Hill Loop
Gold Hill Loop
1.8 mi away
10.3 mi
3,442 ft
Wheeler Pk Wilderness- Scenic Loop Drive
Wheeler Pk Wilderness- Scenic Loop Drive
1.8 mi away
124.0 mi
6,500 ft
Wheeler Peak #62 - #90 Shuttle
Wheeler Peak #62 - #90 Shuttle
2.5 mi away
10.8 mi
3,363 ft
Williams Lake from Upper Trailhead
Williams Lake from Upper Trailhead
2.5 mi away
4.9 mi
1,285 ft
Lobo Peak
2.5 mi away
11.0 mi
3,800 ft
Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake
Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake
2.5 mi away
8.0 mi
3,000 ft
Yerba Canyon
2.6 mi away
8.3 mi
4,150 ft
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67
3.8 mi away
2.2 mi
2,106 ft
Columbine Canyon to Hondo Canyon
3.8 mi away
13.1 mi
4,400 ft
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Flora Nearby
"Hawk Trail"
by friendofThundergod

The Gavilan Trail is a short but sweet trail in the newly formed Columbine Hondo Wilderness area. The trail takes you through an idyllic mixed forest of aspen and conifers as it climbs to an elevation of 11 thousand feet.

The trailhead for the Gavilan Trail (Spanish for sparrow hawk) is located on a nondescript pull out along state highway 150, or Ski Valley Road. The trail starts with a little climb and then does not really stop climbing until you reach the ridgeline and the trail's ending point at its intersection with the Lobo Peak Trail. There is some private property bordering the trail for the first few tenths of a mile, but you enter the wilderness relatively soon. The trail starts off as a very wide path, but narrows to a more traditional single track as it climbs through the dense forest. The climb is certainly relentless, but the liberal use of switchbacks make it a pretty manageable climb. However, there was one particular long straight section in the middle that had me yearning for a switchback. At just over a mile in there is a sign indicating a quarter mile detour to some waterfalls that are worth checking out. However, the true magic of this trail is its last mile where the forest gives way to some scenic meadows and great views of its neighboring wilderness to the southeast, Wheeler Peak.

Once you hit Lobo Peak Trail you can return the way you came, or utilize the ridgeline trail to hit nearly every other trail in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness for a looping day hike, or more ambitious backpack.


    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    The trailhead is located along the west side of state highway 150 approximately 1.5 miles before you reach the Taos Ski Valley parking lot.
    page created by friendofThundergod on May 30 2018 9:40 pm
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