Santa Fe Lake Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, NM that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Did the lake drain away into some unforclosed sink each time I approached? Through the aspen did it flow settling beyond my wary view? Lurking uphill out of sight as I climbed the fireroad from which it fled? Because I should have studied the map more attentively before ascending to this liquid phantom. I could not find its mystical trace. Though did not find the search without its pleasures. Into the aspens out of the crowd where is found awe...
This is a really cool hike if you want to see the aspens changing colors in late Sept. We modified the hike to connect with the aspen vista trail (hiking/mtb trail) which is about an 8 mile loop. From the big parking lot, you will see a gate for the trailhead. When you go thru the gate take an immediate left and stay along the gate. You will immediately be climbing so warm up/stretch before you start this hike. The hike is pretty steep most of the way, but really beautiful and you will have several clearings to take in the views. Eventually you will get to the top of the ski lift at mile 1.5. Just continue past the lift and stay on the trail - around mile 1.8 you will see a trail that goes right/up - it was marked with a cairn - from there its pretty much straight up towards the communications towers. At mile 2.35 you will hit a road. If you want to see the lake, keep going uphill. If you want to take the loop back down, go right and just follow the road. Lots of MTBers on the trail. The first part of this loop back down is just an easy downhill, okay views, but once you get down towards the bottom it just gets more and more beautiful. You will have great views of aspen trees, streams, etc. Once you get back to the car its an 8 mile hike. Really awesome hike, especially in late September when the leaves are changing!! Enjoy!
Great hike! Pretty steep at times but absolutely beautiful all the way! I did it two days in a row because it was so enjoyable the first time.
A beautiful hike especially when the Aspen leaves turn yellow! An Easy 10,000'.
nice easy climb on a wide dirt access road. give the mountain bikers the right of way, you might see a few. great views of the ski basin summit and santa fe area
Very beautiful easy hike. Especially during the changing leaves of Autumn.
All Forest Road-- the grade is fairly consistent. Solid views at the top. Great ride down!