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Gavilan Trail #60, NM

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Rated  Favorite Wish List NM > North Central
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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
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9  2010-08-20 Grasshopper
Author friendofThundergod
author avatar Guides 18
Routes 278
Photos 7,659
Trips 712 map ( 8,339 miles )
Age 37 Male Gender
Location AZ
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Preferred   Jul, Jun, Aug, Sep → 7 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:50am - 5:59pm
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"Hawk Trail"
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Likely In-Season!
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.

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2018-05-30 friendofThundergod

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    Most recent Triplog Reviews
    Gavilan Trail #60
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    I did this little filler hike in between backpacking in the Pecos Wilderness and the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. I found the trail to be a very pleasant trail and the trail was well maintained. There is a nice little waterfall about a mile in, but the highlight of the trail was the upper mile where there are some nice meadows and big views. I took a little break at the top with the pups and then walked along the Lobo Peak trail a little to catch some better views, before returning the same way I came. I wanted to see the waterfalls later in the day with better light, but walked past the turn off on the way down and did have to do a little backtracking. The bottom two-thirds of the trail is a bit of a green tunnel, but I found the forest to be scenic and vibrant.
    Gavilan Trail #60
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    Our last full day of seven in the "Wheeler Peak Wilderness" area above Taos,NM. We selected this first time, out and back morning exercise hike since it was within a short drive from where we were staying in the upper Taos Ski Village.

    Of my six day hikes in this area, this one was the least memorable but did offer some good exercise (2439ft AEG) before needing to pack-up and exit on 8/21am for our planned second week away to the south central Colorado- Buena Vista area high country.

    (Note: If looking for a new day hike option to consider in this same NM area..TH off Hwy 150, I would suggest Yerba Canyon TR61.. would be a much more rewarding canyon hike than this Gavilan Canyon TR60). ;)

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    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.
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