Middle Fork/West Fork Road Trail 487

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Photo of Peple Snowshoeing


Travel south approximately 6 miles on State Highway 578 to the junction of Middle Fork and East Fork.  The pavement ends here.  Take the road to the right, Forest Road 58, for about 1.5 miles to a parking area.  No turnaround or parking is available beyond this point.  The trail begins here. 

Attractions and Considerations:

The primary use of this trail is in the winter months.  This trail is used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  In the summer months the trail can be used for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

Follow the Jeep road for about ¼ mile until it forks at the creek crossing.  The fork straight ahead is gated and there is NO PUBLIC ADMITTANCE as it is private land.  Take the fork to the left and cross the creek at the foot-bridge.  The elevation at the crossing is around 9,550 feet.  Continue up the Jeep road for 2 miles on switchbacks to Middle Fork Lake or follow a small trail on the east side of the creek for 1 mile until it reaches a waterfall. 

Fishing is permitted in compliance with State Fishing Regulations.

Please do not cut the switchbacks. As you can see, erosion has taken a serious toll on the slopes and has exposed tree roots and bare soil. 

Map of  Middle Fork Lake  - Forest Road 487

At a Glance

Permit Info: New Mexico Fishing License is required to fish Middle Fork lake.
Open Season: June
Information Center: For more information contact:  Questa Ranger District. (575) 586-0520. 



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  Area/Length : 
2 Miles

  Elevation : 
9,650 feet - 10,840 feet