Lost Lake Trail 91

Area Status: Open


Travel south approximately 6 miles on NM 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 approximately 1.1 miles to a parking area.  No turnaround or parking is available beyond this point.  There is an outhouse at the parking area.

Attractions and Considerations:

Foot and horseback travelers begin at the parking area along the Jeep road to Middle Fork Lake.  Both sides of the road are fenced in this area to prevent trespassing on the surrounding land.  Visitors must stay on the road.  After ¼ mile the road forks at the creek crossing.  The fork going straight is gated and closed to the public.  Take the fork to the left (Forest Road 487) and cross the creek at the footbridge.  The elevation at the creek crossing is 9,640 feet.  For approximately one mile you will follow the trail along the east side of the creek.  At times you follow the Jeep trail as it switches back and forth on its way to Middle Fork Lake. 

You will reach the Lost Lake Trail junction at a river crossing.  The trail is signed and is to your left.  It switchbacks through Douglas-fir and white fir stands up the slope to some breathtaking vista points.  After about two miles, the trail leaves the forest and crosses a saddle on the ridge.  The country opens up into small meadows with some aspen and scattered stands of spruce. Continue up through these lovely openings across several rock outcroppings.

About one-half mile before Lost Lake you will cross into the Wheeler Peak Wilderness.  The lake is at an elevation of 11,495ft.  Fishing is permitted and a state license is required.  Lost Lake is stocked by helicopter with native cutthroat trout.  Camping and campfires are not permitted along the lake shore.  Please pick a campsite at least 300 feet from the lake.

Map of Lost Lake Trail 91 

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Know before you go! Check the spring 2024 snow conditions before going to higher elevations
Permit Info: New Mexico Fishing License is required to fish Lost Lake.
Information Center: For more information contact:  Questa Ranger District.  (575) 586-0520.


Lake and Pond Fishing

Located in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Access via Forest Trail 91. Trailhead 91 is on the middle fork jeep road. Lost lake is four miles up the trail. Stocked with native cutthroat trout by helicopter. 

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.0 miles

  Elevation : 
9,650 feet - 11,495 feet