The Trampas Lakes Trail is a 5.5 mile trail that starts at the end of Forest Road 207 and ends at the Trampas Lakes.
Trail Condition: Good to Excellent.
From the end of Forest Road 207, Trampas Lakes Trail – Trail #31 starts on the northeast side of Rio de las Trampas. The first mile before entering the Pecos Wilderness climbs steadily, but modestly along the creek’s steam banks. After about 1.5 miles, the trail flattens out, remaining on the creek’s northeast side after a couple quick stream crossings.
Around 3 miles, the trail takes a big right turn to the south to follow the canyon. The trail remains fairly flat before reaching a set of gentle switchbacks. On a couple of the switchbacks, the forest opens enough to offer a nice, down-canyon view.
Roughly a mile before the lake, the trail crosses the creek and continues to climb to the lake. This is the steepest section of trail, but it remains fairly civilized just the same.
After the last bit of climbing, the trail reaches a marked trail junction. Continue straight for .1 miles to reach the upper Trampas Lake. The lower lake is to the east (left), separated by a small fin. There are a number of good camping spots on this fin between the two lakes.
The entire trail is in very good condition. There were a few downed trees, but nothing that made passage difficult.
To read more about the Trampas Lakes Trail, see my trip report from Trampas and Hidden Lakes.