Unfortunately, Fishers Peak is almost entirely surrounded by privately held land. However, the good news is that the top of the Fishers Peak mesa is the James M. John State Wildlife Area. This area can be accessed by going to Sugarite State Park in New Mexico and continuing to the Lake Dorothey State Wildlife Area in Colorado just north of Sugarite State Park. A trail goes from Lake Dorothey up onto the plateau. It is then a hike of several miles to the summit of Fishers Peak, although great views are available of the Purgatoire River valley if you hike west to the edge of the mesa. Be sure to stop before you fall off the cliff!
You can find information about the James M. John SWA on the Colorado Division of Wildlife website (http://wildlife.state.co.us). Look under Viewing-State Wildlife Areas.
Here is a map of the James John SWA from their website:
I think it would be great if a trail could be developed from Trinidad to the top of Fishers Peak. This would require the consent of a number of private landowners on the north side of Fishers Peak and a major trail development effort. However, I think such a trail would be a great asset to Trinidad. What do the rest of you forum viewers think about this? Is it time to start a "Friends of Fishers Peak" citizen's group?