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This is an easy spot to get to. I usually park by the mailboxes on Camino la Tierra and walk or run in from there. Would love to bike back here. The trails are well-marked and the maps make it easy to find your way around. I rarely see more than a couple other people on this trail system, even on a weekend.
Did this on Feb-20 and it was amazing. There was a patch of 20 yards of packed icy snow but was passable without poles or snow shoes. The views are worth the moderately strenuous effort to reach the top. The trail is very well-marked and is easy to follow. This is a good hike for novice hikers interested in pushing their limits.
Amazing trail! My wife and I hiked in October on a cold morning after it had rained overnight. The stream running down from the lake was flowing nicely, which made for some great photos. We were on the trail for about 6 hours total and only saw about 10 people. The second half of the trail is a pretty good climb, and you need to try to stay along the creek in some spots because the trail can be hard to follow, but I can't say enough about how much fun we had.
A beautiful hike through varied terrain. A great view at the top is an awesome reward! I did this on Feb10: there were patches of snow/ice in the shadowy areas higher up the trail. I didn't use any assistance going up, but was glad I had yaktrax going down.
Sara C. on Aspen Vista Trail
can tell would be a beautiful hike...start out along creek and trail covered with pine needles and oak leaves....and ice today. made it in about 3/4 mile and turned back...really need skins/traction for your boots...very slippery. we took a side route up a slot draw....werent sure where would take us, figured would dead end. ended up scrambling all the way to top of mountain over granite, shale and rose quartz about a mile straight up. ended up being a great 3 hour total hike!
Nick C. on Nambe Lake Trail
Well it was an adventure after choosing not to take snowshoes...advise bringing them for the back half, beginning isn't bad without. Well traversed and relatively easy to follow...if you follow the wrong tracks you'll figure out soon enough