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hiking
17 days ago

This is a great trail, I was advised to go counterclockwise and happy I did. Steep incline on the last part of trail. Nice switchbacks going up.

Best time of year to go.

hiking
1 month ago

A pretty trail, for sure. We went on a Monday, so there wasn't a ton of traffic. We took the more difficult "alternate" route on the left-hand side. If you're a hiker, it is nothing that I would consider hard. No summit or specific end-destination, but beautiful flowers and trees throughout.

takes longer to drive to the trail head than it takes to summit. great 360° views

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely and challenging hike. After the first mile or so you get a great view down the cliffs toward Nambe lake well below you. Once you get above tree line you get great views of Santa Fe Baldy and beyond. If you head toward Lake Peak be prepared to scramble in some challenging rocky terrain. Great fun.

Lovely. Easy to lose the trail in a few spots, but all roads lead to Rome. If you're not into rock-hopping, bear left at the scree field. Helpful white blazes make it easy to find your way back down. Quite the journey!

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic hike along the creek up to a small meadow. Numerous shallow stream crossings and shady spots to take breaks. Wild flowers everywhere.

As of 8/12 the road leading up to the camp ground was closed, due to unfinished road repair. It is a 3 mile hike to the camp ground and then another 1/2 mile to the group site and the trail head, where the hike begins.

hiking
3 months ago

We actually did the loop which is part of the San Juan and Windsor. It’s 10 miles and a tough hike. I had my all trails turned on. Not sure why the whole hike is not recorded. We’ve done this hike 3 times. It’s a good workout.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months 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.

LOVED IT

hiking
4 months ago

I liked this hike; it's not particularly difficult, though there are a couple steep sections. The trail is easy to follow and it's peaceful. Not much in the ways of views and vistas though. The trail terminates in a little meadow with a couple of backpacking campsites. Not exactly scenic, but it's pleasant.

Be mindful of monsoon season when doing this in the summer--it's best to do the hike in the morning.

Note also that the "Holy Ghost Trailhead" is located about 3/4 mile from the actual start of the trailhead. That is, if you park at the lot just outside of the trailhead, this is closer to 8.5 miles round trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Was moderate for the first mile and a half. the last mile was steep and somewhat difficult. view from the summit was spectacular.

hiking
5 months ago

For a good challenge I definitely recommend this hike. We made it past the treeline but not all the way to Lake Peak (didn't think our skills were up to par) Past the treeline I recommend a wind breaker or light jacket as it did get chilly. The views are amazing and the trail was not too hard to follow. Some small patches of snow and ice in the shade but none on the trail. My partner and I are in our early 30s and in somewhat good shape. The incline is pretty consistent and rocky at times but it is so worth it. I recommend doing the Nambe Lake trail first like we did (not in the same day) and then doing this one where you get an amazing view of the lake from above.

hiking
6 months ago

May 2018. This year certainly has been one filled with false pretenses. Things, people, places, aren't always what or who they seem to be. Today Deception Peak was a last minute decision (thought I was going for a long bike ride). I thought if I make it to the top, I'll do my little ceremonial dance, thank the universe that I'm healthy enough to be up here and say "good riddens" to ALL the deception vibrating around me this year. Deception Peak here I am....I need a word with you.
Follow the trail from the start of Winsor at the SF Ski basin. Once you get to the gate, it's not marked but do take the trail to the right to the Pecos Widerness. The trail will run adjecent to the fence line for some distance. There is lots of rock a tree roots so watch your step. About half the way up, the trail does become harder to locate but follow your GPS and you should be just fine. The trail is mostly shaded- a light jacket is recommended. It does get windy at the top once you come out of the tree line.
Okay, false summit... but that's the whole point right - why else be here if I wasn't absolutely enjoying myself. I'm here.. guess I'll head over to Lake Peak and check that out too. Just about made it to Lake Peak but the trail that runs on the back side of Deception Peak was a bit too unsafe for me or I missed the safer trail.
Anyway, I did my dance, performed a couple of Qi Gong poses, tossed my resentment into the wind, and headed back.

hiking
6 months ago

This was such a fun hike! Was sad that I didn’t get past the rock wall but once I found the trail around it it was like a blizzard at the top. I highly recommend taking poles as the second half before you reach the tree line is pretty snowy. I post holed several times so watch your step. The views were spectacular at the top. Can’t wait to do this one again. Oh and careful next to that barbed wire fence if the trail is icy. One slip and ouchie!

hiking
6 months ago

Fun out and back hike. We took the high road from the TH and came back down the creek bed. The higher trail has a few sections where there is a steep drop off; just be aware and you'll be fine.

on Chamisa Trail

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views on the high side of the loop. Other side is essentially beneath it where there’s a creek bed.

hiking
7 months ago

Enjoyed family time on this trail!

Nice hike. Took the “more difficult” trail in and the “easy” path out. Would recommend this route the views from the easy path are great! Quick hike!

Awesome trail.

8 months ago

Beautiful views!

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail. Starts on the same trail as Nambe Lake/ Baldy, but turn right when you get to the fence marking the Pecos Wilderness. Follow the fence until you can't anymore (at a beautiful overlook), then turn right again and head up the mountain. The trail is a little hard to follow, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. The views from the top are incredible. We hiked this last September, and had great weather, though it was very windy and cold above the tree line - make sure to bring layers!

I only gave this hike a 3 due to the difficulty in getting to the trailhead and the lack of signage. It does have an excellent 360 degree views including; the Rio Grande, White Rock, Los Alamos. Due to the time it takes to get to this trailhead from Santa Fe 1 hr 20 min! I would suggest other hikes if you have limited time in Santa Fe. If you have more time, then this is worth it.

Be advised!!! The last ten miles driving to the trailhead (more on that later) is over a washboard road. Due to the washboard, driving more than 20 mph will be extremely bumpy.

Trailhead: other posts on Alltrails have links but I thought I would describe it for you here. We drove all the way to the end of the dirt road (literally, the road ends right at the Rio Grande). The Alltrails directions do not take you to this point so keep driving down the dirt road following it until you hit the Rio Grande. There will be a small bathroom building on your left as well as an enclosed large building where they pump water from the Rio Grande. On your right will be a teal colored pipe fence line and you need to crawl through that fence about 50' back from the Rio Grande and you will see a small trail heading ENE. Follow that trail and you will come to a large arroyo. Turn right and take the arroyo away from the Rio Grande. There are zero signs for the trail so keep a lookout for the two cairns situated on the left side of the trail as this denotes the entrance to the small trail heading up. Also, there is a small pine tree just to the right of the trail and it has an orange ribbon tied to it.

The hike is a good one and is a good workout. There is a flat mesa at the top that you will cross as you head towards the next peak and where you will get the best views!

hiking
9 months ago

Did this trail 3 days ago. The snow near the ascent to get to the peak was too high; no one had broken the snow yet and snow shoes were required to go further. Had a lot of fun on the trail. Still a great hike.

10 months ago

a nice hike. not too difficult. some inclines and nice view of ski santafe and Mount Baldy from the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, nice path not terribly rocky. About 4 or five stream crossings. Path continued on from the point at which AllTrails indicated it finished but did not have enough time to continue on. Assuming it went to a lake that other people show photos of. Another time perhaps. Fortunate to be able to hike this one without snow in December. Santa Fe is suffering from a drought currently.

hiking
11 months ago

Steep climb with sharp drop offs. Not many overlooks, but beautiful trail through the trees. Just great to be in Santa Fe!

on Chamisa Trail

Sunday, October 01, 2017

after a weeks worth of rain, was hiking up a rillet and able to use the pinecone dams for dry footing. forest department volunteers were working on the trail to repair rain damage. there was a lone western scarlet gilia in the meadow. beautiful trail on a wet day.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Absolutely stunning views on a clear September day. There are a few sections that are brutal, in terms of elevation gain, and they'll have you wondering just what you must have been thinking on your way back down. We overestimated ourselves slightly, but still made it down, haggard but happy.

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