I recently had the opportunity to hike up to Williams Lake again and follow-up the hike with a meal at the Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant. It had been nearly one year since the last time I hiked the Williams Lake Trail. The views along the trail and at Williams Lake were just as beautiful upon my second hike. It is one of those trails that never gets old.
This time, I went with my friend and colleague, Laurie Celine, a reporter at The Taos News.
Laurie Celine and Beth Dobos. Photo taken by a nice Dutch woman whom we met at this spot.
I recommend taking friends and relatives on the Williams Lake Trail because it is a trail that can be hiked by all ability levels. We even saw an elderly woman with crutches hiking up the trail with the help of her family. The distance to the lake is two miles up from the trailhead, so it can easily be done in an afternoon.
After our hike, Laurie and I had a late lunch at the Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant at Taos Ski Valley, which is located close to the trailhead. The Bavarian is constructed in chalet style architecture and offers traditional German cuisine, such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, spatzle, strudel and of course, beer. The waitstaff even dresses in traditional Bavarian dirndl dresses. All of these components of the Bavarian along with its setting amid the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains, makes one feel as close to Bavaria, Germany as one can feel while being in Northern New Mexico.
The Bavarian Lodge& Restaurant. Photo by Beth Dobos.
Blogpost by Beth Dobos