Snowshoe hike to WIlliams Lake

Mount Taylor rises above Williams Lake
Mount Taylor rises above Williams Lake
Last weekend, my friend Dusty Deen and I showshoed to Williams Lake in the Taos Ski Valley near Taos, New Mexico.

Williams Lake Trail in the Carson National Forest
Williams Lake Trail in the Carson National Forest

I had only tried snowshoeing once before and that was only for a few hundred feet in thigh-high fresh powder. It was a completely new experience and was honestly a pretty tough challenge. The trail started at around 10,000 feet and rose in elevation to about 11,000 feet. Perhaps it was the altitude but I was completely drained by the time we returned to the car after the 4 mile round trip.


Sadly, the weather didn't really cooperate and it was a low-contrast day. I still managed to get some okay shots but with the wind chill, temperatures approached single digits and it was too cold to remove my gloves long enough to compose a decent shot.

Dusty on the trail
The sun did eventually peak through the clouds for a couple minutes before the wind kicked up and we decided to head for the car. All in all, it was a fun trip and I would definitely do it again with better weather conditions.
williams peak trail
Williams Peak Trail
sun peaks through the sky in a snowy landscape
The sun peaks through the clouds

Williams Lake, elevation 11,040 feet
Williams Lake, elevation 11,040 feet



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