Lake Fork Trail 82

Area Status: Open


From Questa, travel east .2 miles on Highway 38 to Cabresto Road (State Highway 563) Drive 6 miles to Forest Service Road 134A and then go 2 miles up this primitive road to Cabresto Lake.  Trail 82 begins at the lake.

Attractions and Considerations:

The trail skirts the western shoreline of Cabresto Lake before following Lake Fork Creek for the remainder of the 5 miles to Heart Lake.  Cross the bridge and continue along Lake Fork Creek as it passes through mixed conifers, aspen groves and small meadows to the next trail junction (Heart Lake and Baldy Mountain).  Take the path to the left.  Heart Lake is a short distance further.  Camping is permitted 300 feet away from the lake’s edge.  It is worth it to hike up the mile of switchbacks west of Heart Lake (Bull Creek Trail #85) to reach a series of beautiful alpine mesas and the Latir Peaks.

Water is available along the entire length of the trail but should be properly treated before consumption.  For short trips, take a supply of water from home or other domestic sources. 

Hiking, backpacking, horseback riding as well as back country camping is permitted along the entire length of the trail.  If you pack it in please pack it out.  Motorized vehicle use is not permitted.

The Latir Lakes require a permit as they are on Private Land.  Permits can be obtained at the Rio Costilla Livestock Association on Hwy 1950.

GeoPDF Map of Latir Peak Wilderness Trails: Bull Creek Trail #82 and Lake Fork Trail #85

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The trail has been entirely cleared of downed trees caused by the December 2021 windstorm.
Information Center: For more information contact:  Questa Ranger District.   (575) 586-0520.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Moderate

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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles

  Elevation : 
9,150 feet - 11,450 feet