Heart Lake Trail 85

Area Status: Open

Access: Heart Lake Trail 85 can be accessed from Cabresto Lake Trail 82 or Midnight trail 81. 

From Cabresto Lake follow Lake Fork Trail 82 4 miles passing the Bull Creek trail 85.  After the log crossing there are a few campsites that mark a half-way point.  Continue the moderate trail making a left at the intersection of Heart Lake trail 85 and Baldy trail 81.  From there hike a ½ mile to Heart Lake. 

From Midnight Trail 81 follow the trail past Baldy cabin and across the meadow ½ mile to Heart Lake. 

From the lake, ascend the Heart Lake trail to the ridge. The view to the north includes the Latir Lakes 800 feet below and Colorado in the distance.  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.  Follow the ridge south and descend the Bull Creek trail 85 to Lake Fork trail 82.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Fishing is permitted and a state licence is required.
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:  Questa Ranger District.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate


Horse Riding

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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles