Middlefork Lake Trail is a well-marked, moderate hike to one of 26 mountain lakes in the Red River, New Mexico area. Middlefork Lake is at the base of Walters and Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico at 13,161. Beautiful year around, it is especially fun in the fall with the golden aspens and in the winter on snowshoes. Along the trail, hikers can see the Big Ditch which was a canal carrying water from the Red River watershed over the mountains to the gold mining in Elizabethtown. Raspberries are plentiful in the summer.
Latitude: 36.5954773 Longitude: -105.4171658 Elevation: 10850 ft
Vertical Gain or Loss1,200 foot gain
Trail Distance2 miles one way
Middlefork is accessible only by hiking or horses. It is the fed by snowmelt and springs and is the origin of the Red River, the shortest river in New Mexico, and drains 18 miles, into the Rio Grande at the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic Rivers area.