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on Tsankawi Ruins Trail

1 day ago

Awesome trail

Great hike! This was my first hike I did alone. It’s definitely tiring but the views are awesome. A lot of the trail is shaded (until the top) and that’s helpful. All was well until I came face to face with a bear, be careful.

Great every day trail. Convenient to town and nice relatively short loops compared to the higher trails. Lovely views at various points.

Great trail! Interesting terrain and history!

not enough signage to actually find the triangle. lost with kids was no bueno, gracias new mexico

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8 days ago

First of all what a Trek!! I got 4.8 miles on my Apple Watch, but I’m pretty sure it was more. If it wasn’t for my husband being there before I think we would have lost the map due to poor cell service. This hike is incredibly difficult at certain points. It’s a straight up incline up the ski basin slopes. We hit almost 12,000 feet in elevation just to give you an idea. You go to the top of the towers where you would normally ski the big tesuque trail from the top. I recommend snacks and extra water in a backpack. It took us 4 hours there and back. And just remember what goes up must came down. The hike down was more awkward on your knees. But overall the view is worth it! All I’m saying is being prepared for a long hike. Enjoy the views!! We saw herd of cattle and lots of deer!!! Enjoy <3

Nice trail, well shaded. Leash requirement for dogs rarely followed/enforced.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike. I headed up mid morning and got back early afternoon. More foot traffic as I was heading out. All the up was worth it! The lake and surrounding area was beautiful. Additional notes: ran into a cow herd on the way up. Peaceful forest. Trail is rocky. Download the map to help with the section after the switch in trails; trail was easily lost.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice short hike, you get good views of the surrounding countryside and the trail’s clear and easy to follow. I went after it rained and it smelled so fresh and good.

Nice in summer because it is under full canopy. Many dogs off leash which is annoying.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice trail with great views. Very peaceful; I began at 7:30 a.m. and only saw a few other people while hiking. It's definitely a rocky climb, and the downhill is slippery in places. Took less than two hours from the trailhead.

Great views along the trail and at the peak. Rocky trail with debris on steep sections that make footing difficult—I slipped and fell once.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful views! My 3 boys, husband and parents loved the hike. The ladders were fun and we had a picnic at the highest point. Will definitely do again.

ahh ok. I am glad to see this trail is rated difficult! I thought I was just in bad shape! seriously this trail definitely has some really steep stretches that makes it quite exhausting but really worth it! beautiful waterfall along the way and the lake is crystal clear! my twelve year old made it too and I am nearly 50 and not in the best shape so it's not that difficult! I also heard a hermit thrush along the way. beautiful bird with a flute voice!! overall a great hike!!

Beautiful trail. First section is quiet and inside an Aspen grove, with several little streams along the way. Not a ton of wildflowers, but definitely enough to add color. It took me about an hour to get to the first outlook point; hiking up to the ski lift area took another hour and a half after that. Enjoy!

15 days ago

Nice trail through a grove of Aspens. Would be super in October. I question the level of difficulty. Hard climb. 18% incline for 1 1/4 miles. View at the top is worth the climb.

hiking
15 days ago

July 29 2018. Gorgeous day to be hiking considering all the recent heavy rain around Santa Fe. Today clear skies and nothing but beauty every where you look. This hike out and back was right at 7 miles. I too took a few wrong turns and had to back track out. I do agree the trail is a bit hard to follow after the Windsor /Nambe fork. There is a high and a low trail, I suggest following the lower trail near the creek. After crossing the creek continue on - from here the remaining portion of the trail is frickin' hard. Upon arriving at the Lake, all the sweat was more than worth it. The Lake was crystal clear and just sparkled with the sun's reflection. Amazingly beautiful. Enjoy.

hiking
16 days ago

I did the “‘more difficult” route up. Because you’re hiking through a riverbed, the terrain is uneven and challenging, but I enjoyed it. Took the easier route down, which was lovely. However it was Saturday morning and TONS of people on the narrow trail. Was annoying the keep having to stop and step to the side.

Awesome! Steady decline for the first half, the second half is uphill. Lots of shade and breeze. Would definitely recommend!

One of my fave day hikes

hiking
21 days ago

It was absolutely beautiful but we lost the trail and were wondering around for a while. The lake was amazing and cold !
Hiking took us around 6 hours total including our stop by the lake for 2 hours. We are not expert hikers..

hiking
23 days ago

This trail for me was what I would consider "easy". I took the main route out to the turn around, and chose to hike the alternate route (by the dry creek) - heading back. Definitely did not like the alternate route as much.
If I were to choose this trail again, think I'll choose to mountain bike it and connect with several other trails at the top.

Will travel another 100 miles to take this hike again! loved it, and strongly suggest to take the fork to the right, the incline is easier. Lots of shade, and water.

Pretty easy hike with some good mountain views. The trail is very well mapped out. Would go again!

A fun and moderate trail, was less rocky and more humid than we all expected. We went on July 19, 2018 and found the area to be mossy and aromatic, less dry, and teaming with flora. We heard birds along the trail but didn’t see any wildlife.

Only saw a few other hikers and one mountain biker. I’d definitely go again.

hiking
28 days ago

Pristine wilderness. Makes you proud to be a New Mexican.
Not sure it the trail is really 6.4 miles.
Stick to the left of the Rio Nambe after the Windsor Trail forks.
Took about 5.2 miles to get there and 3.4 miles to return (following the trail to the left of the Rio).
Get an early start, afternoon showers could make for flash flooding at the lake.

Great trail with multiple options, really a network of trails. Altitude gains of 500 to 600 feet. Connects to the Little Tesque trail. Easily accessible from Santa Fe. Trails well marked with junction markers and on trail maps. We loved it. Lot’s great views.

29 days ago

This is a new favorite! It’s steep but worth it. The Aspen grove is like entering a secret world. The views at the top are spectacular. We’re probably moderate in hiking ability and got to the top in about an hour and 15 minutes with a break to let the rains slow down .

Only thing it lacks is a view - but a lovely stream and trail - a few big trees down but just reopened this morning after 5 weeks closed due to fire hazard - so no complaints!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful lake at the top. Can have snow until mid-May depending on the year's snowfall.

Trail can be hard to follow as the climb starts after the Winsor Trail split, but stay near the creek and you'll be fine.

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