Bull-of-the-Woods Trail

Page Type: Route
Lat/Lon: 36.56250°N / 105.414°W
Route Type: Hike
Time Required: Most of a day
Difficulty: Walk-up


From Taos, New Mexico: Drive four miles north on New Mexico (NM) state road #522. At about four miles, and at the first traffic light out of town, turn right (east) on NM 150 and drive for 15 miles until reaching the Taos Ski Valley ski area. As you arrive at the ski resort a huge "Taos Ski Valley" sign will greet you. Here the road forks. Go left at the fork and head into the upper parking lot for about 50 yards until reaching a gravel parking lot marked "RVs Only" (which does not apply in summer). There are big trailhead signs in view from here.

Route Description

There is a large trailhead sign near Twining Campground. The trail (#90) begins climbing almost immediately. Near the beginning of the trail, there will be several small trail intersections with little "horse trail" signs. Ignore these and stick with the main trail. Also, the beginning of the trail is on private property, so respect is in order. After two miles the Bull-of-the-Woods pasture is reached and the intersection to Trail #64 to Gold Hill to the left. Stick to the main trail as it turns southeast towards Bull-of-the-Woods mountain. A nice overlook is reached with spectacular views of the valley to the east. Just past the overlook, the famous log fence is reached and the trail begins to follow an old road around the west side of Bull-of-the-Woods mountain. The trail then skirts the west side of Frazer Mountain. At this point, avoid the old road down the west slope of Frazier. Keep an eye out for mountain goats as they like this particular area. After 4.5 miles, you will reach La Cal Basin. From here you will be able to see Mount Walter and Wheeler Peak in the distance. You have two choices. You can either cross the basin and ascent the west slope of the ridge across the basin, or you can ascend the ridge to the right of the basin Click on the below photo. Either way, the object is to get to the top of point 13,045. Once at the top of point 13,045, follow the ridge south to the summit of Mount Walter.

Essential Gear

Standard day hike attire including good rain gear.

Miscellaneous Info

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