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love this trail year round. Its beautiful and easy, our dogs absolutely love it and now know the trail by heart!

backpacking
1 month ago

As someone mentioned before, this is a great trail for an easy overnight backpacking trip. Beautiful views and fall colors. The trail is in good condition and is easy to follow. Park at the "upper" parking lot next to the road (not in the Picnic Area)- they don't care if you park overnight as long as you don't camp within 1/4 mile of the trailhead.

Hiked 10/26. Only one there up and back. 27 degrees at TH. Snow last mile plus, up to 8-12 inches in some places but passable.

hiking
1 month ago

My brother and I were on a mission to hike this trail and find the springs! We failed the first time and somehow took a wrong turn and ended up on a strenuous hike up to a wooden teepee and campfire! It was beautiful but we really wanted to see the springs. Two days later we attempted again and finally made it! We still aren’t sure how we got so off trail the first go around! When we finally made it we were awe struck! The views are spectacular and made it all worth it! The springs were not as warm as we expected but we could have cared less because it was still amazing! We met some great people, swam around and relaxed, walked to see the falls and had lunch on a rock in the middle of the mountains. It was such a great day and I think I speak for my brother and I when I say I would highly suggest this hike to anyone!!

Amazing lake. We hiked this in October and the lake was beautiful and we woke up to it snowing. I’m definitely goin back!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 10/16, snow on upper 1/3 of trail, so far not more that 1-3” so still easily passable. Trekking poles were helpful on some slippery bits and creek crossings

backpacking
2 months ago

Be prepared for this trail. It is not moderate, it is hard for a 50-years old person who does not hike much but pretty fit. There are couple of suggestions: get acclimatized before you go; be prepared for long steep hike. There were hikers on Windsor trail up to Skyline trail, but we have not seen anybody from Baldy turnoff to lake Katherine and back (we used Skyline trail that goes east and meets Windsor trail to come back) the other day. So, be prepared if you get lost. We camped before we reached the lake and hike to the lake in the morning. On the way back, "east" Skyline trail from Katherine lake to Windsor Trail conjunction is not properly marked. There is a trail there, it is not far from Skyline trail and comes to that junction, so, do not worry if your GPS will show that you are off Skyline trail on your way back. Take a piece of paper and a pen to leave your names at the trail head, just in case you get lost and rangers look for you. The distance is not 13 miles, it is over 15 miles. It took us about 8 hours to get to camping before we reached the lake, we stopped three times for 30 min, and many times to catch our breath. No phone coverage.

hiking
2 months ago

Made an overnight loop going past Lake Katherine to Spirit Lake then merged back with the main trail. Forested section to Spirit Lake was boring, but not difficult at all. Going up Santa Fe Baldy is worth it.

Perfect area for a morning walk. Arrived at 7:30 out by 9:15.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this trail solo on 9/6/18. Was happy my rental car was a small SUV. The gravel/rocky road had large pits and puddles. I would not recommend a sedan.

As mentioned in other reviews, steep climb via switchbacks. I took several Trail shortcuts. Made it to the lake in 1.5 hours. I’m from NC and had been in CO prior to my trip to NM. So I was partially acclimated to altitude. Had the trail and lake to myself. (Was on trail by 8:30.) Saw hikers and HB riders on way down which took 52 minutes.

Totally worth the climb! Highly recommended. I am 63 yr. old female. Do a fair amount of hiking in WNC. One thing I recommend is to put your cell in airplane mode. My battery was almost dead on way down. It was constantly looking for a cell signal on way up. Using AllTrails didn’t help either. But having it on airplane mode would have saved a lot of juice. Happy Trails to You!

walking
3 months ago

Great trail and wonderful springs in the end. Easy going back downhill

hiking
3 months ago

This was a beautiful but decently strenuous day hike. Avoid FR 639 as you come out of Truchas unless you want a fun 4-wheeling experience. Going around to FR 207 (El Valle Road) is a more relaxing route. Only a couple of cars there when we arrived. Make sure to stop and look around occasionally, as it is easy to keep looking down and focus on the trail. Didn’t see anyone going up until we got to the lakes, then saw a couple of camping groups there. A very beautiful area.

Short walk to the beautiful waterfall

Beautiful Hike! Very steep. This is on the hard side of moderate, so make sure you're mentally prepared for it. Very worth the effort. Lake Katherine has amazing camp sites and a gorgeous view. We got somewhat lost towards the end, but were able to find our way eventually. Make sure to follow the piles of rocks laid out, as the trail isn't mark well beyond that. Very active trail, with tons of experienced hikers. If you get lost you'll always have someone to help!

Happy trailing!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail for a beginner like myself. Couldn’t find the continuation of trail past the waterfall 樂. Definitely worth it and I’ll try again soon. Plan on going during the spring runoff should be a better experience for the waterfall.Hiking boots recommend

hiking
3 months ago

My husband and I hiked this on Sunday 8/19 with our dog. The Winsor Trail to Spirit Lake is very well-maintained and easy to follow. Spirit Lake is smaller than nearby Lake Katherine but still nice. We didn't see anyone else going to Spirit Lake. (Most were going to Nambe Lake, and the few that weren't went to Katherine.) We didn't see anyone else after the Katherine turnoff. We did see a small herd of cattle near that junction both times. Lots of water flowing in several spots for our dog. We ended up making a loop and continuing on to Lake Katherine via the Winsor Trail to the Skyline Trail; that portion of trail from Spirit to Katherine was difficult to follow with many downed trees--just an FYI for anyone planning to hike that route.

Small trickle of water. Perfect to attach a baby on you and walk to the falls and back. Wouldn’t go further then that with a baby. Saw lots of dogs. First hike I’ve done here since I moved from California. Reminded me a of Ojai and a little bit of home. Would like to know when the falls have more water.

Good trail, lots of options of where to go. I enjoyed getting up in elevation as you had shade and trees.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike for kids and dogs. Nice and shaded most of the way. The cave and the trickle falls are a nice little sit down spot for a water break.

Great place to hike around!!

My 13 year old daughter and I started Friday 7/13 and hiked the 5.6 miles (2.5 hours) to Trampas Lakes. We were the only soules there and we had the whole place to ourselves! Stayed one night and made the return hike in 2 hours and 12 minutes. Finally saw one couple hiking up as we we're headed down.

Definitely uphill on the way to the lake and we took a few breaks.

hiking
4 months ago

Small trickle of water, nice greenery, and overall good little hike.

starting from salado trailhead a pretty walk along fresnal canyon with views of the different strata. 1 1/4 mi to the waterfall... slippery when wet. fun run to the base of the falls barefoot if u have tough feet! awesome

Very nice lake hike trail. Worth noting that hike to lake is a steady uphill grind -- nothing difficult, but no flats to rest your legs. As of late June 2018, most steams were just a trickle, but enough for dogs to get a little drink. Well maintained trail and well worth the hike!

Moderate hike and well worth the trip all the way to the lake. . The lake is beautiful and easy to hike around once you get there. There are lots of chipmunks around the trees at the lake’s edge. You can also take the trail next to the river instead of the main switch-back trail. The river side trail is much more difficult but well worth the solitude and beauty of the forest.

Nice quiet trail with butterflys and hummingbirds . Falls are trickling today.

Quick and easy. You can walk to the top of the “falls” and get a pretty view as well.

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