Taos Ski Valley New Mexico (US)

Hikeable Terrain and the Highline Ridge Hike

Highline Hike at Taos

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Taos Ski Valley Hikeable Terrain:

The summit of chair lift #2 is the gate to hikeable terrain along the Highline Ridge and along the West Basin Ridge. This upper terrain is open, steep, advanced and most importantly, difficult to get to so that it is the most likely area on the mountain to ski fresh untouched snow. The view above is as one emerges from the hike through the forest as finally access the ridge.

View of West Basin Ridge from lift 2 at Taos NM Ski Valley

West Basin Ridge as viewed from lift 2


Panoramic view from Highline Ridge

Taos Ski Valley Highline Ridge Hike:

Follow this photo-journey along Highline Ridge:

Highline Hike entrance at Taos NM Ski Valley

Hike entrance at the top of lift 2

Start of Highline Hike at Taos NM Ski Valley

The hike to Highline Ridge starts in the woods

Highline Hike at Taos NM Ski Valley

Small steps work best during the steeper portions of the ascent

Highline Hike at Taos NM Ski Valley

At this point we emerge from the woods and approach the ridge

Highline Hike at Taos NM Ski Valley

The first runs appear on the left. In this case it ("Donkey Seranade") was closed. You also will not find them all listed on the trail map. Repeat ridge hikers will know the names.

Highline Hike at Taos NM Ski Valley

Once at the Highline Ridge, walk till you find the fresh snow and entrance you desire. Nasty cornices can develop making the selection of a safe entry point important.

Highline Ridge run at Taos NM Ski Valley

Looking back up at the run from the catwalk below

Trail map for the Highline Ridge run at Taos NM Ski Valley

Trail map view

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