Midnight Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Access:  From Questa, drive east on State Highway 38 and turn north on State Road 563, which becomes Forest Road 134. Drive 13 miles to the trailhead, which is on the north side of the road. The trail sign is about 150 feet from the road. Park here.

Attractions and Considerations:  Hike through the open meadow and into the conifers. The trail begins its’ five switchbacks, climbing 400 feet. It ascends gently and then begins a steeper climb, before the trail becomes level at 11,000 feet. The trail intersects with a jeep road marked with a cairn. Turn left and hike a short distance where the trail crosses a private fence line. Hike north for ¼ mile where it ascends 400 feet up a ridge for a mile, before entering National Forest land. Please do not leave the trail while on PRIVATE LAND and leave only footprints. The trail descends 40 feet, levels off and opens to a clearing. The views are to the south, of Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Soon the trail begins a gradual climb, then a steeper climb. At about mile 4, notice a point of land to the west or to your left. Leave the trail for a great view and lunch spot. The trail traverses the west side of the ridge, through the mature conifers, with many switchbacks. The trail borders the private land and weaves in and out of the National Forest. At this point, the trail enters the Latir Peak Wilderness. Hike up small switchbacks, the trail levels as it travels through the young spruce and fir. Soon it opens to a high meadow at the top 12,046 feet. ( Trail #81 continues just to the west, on the high meadow, descending 600 feet in1 mile to Baldy Cabin). 

Map of Midnight 81 (pdf file)

At a Glance

Permit Info: Fishing is permitted and a state license is required.
Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Camping and campfires are not permitted along the lake shore.  Please use pre-existing sites at least 300 feet from the lake. 
Closest Towns: Questa, NM
Information Center: For more information contact:  Quest Ranger District.



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  Area/Length : 
5.4 miles

  Elevation : 
10,200 feet - 11,450 feet