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trail running


This wilderness area in the Santa Fe national forest has a great variety of high peaks and ridges, pocketed lakes, and cascading creeks. Access points on all sides provide ample recreation opportunities, while the large size of the area makes solitude possible.

scenic driving
6 days ago

7 days ago

Took my 12 , 9, 7 year old kids. Beautiful wildflowers saw some orchids too. Caves were small but interesting didn't go in too far. Good intro to the Pecos without hiking far.

Went there 3/13-15 and didn't need any snow shoes or traction aides. There was only one part of the skyline trail right after the fork to go up to Baldy which required some minor route finding to navigate around the snow. Within the next week or so that section should melt out.

Great fun! Took my sons, 11 and 7, they did fine!

13 days ago

Absolutely beautiful with lots of wildflowers along the way. Easy hike.

16 days ago

Tried to make it to the lake last weekend​, but was not able to due to the snow. I honestly wasn't expecting that much snow this late into the year. The hike was still awesome with lots of streams for water and there is plenty of meadows to set up camp at a lower elevation, but don't expect to make it to Lake Katherine without snow shoes this time of year.

Absolutely stunning. My 11 year old loved it as well.

Beautiful trail! The rivers are high & fast and they require some creative crossing skills--and will result in wet boots/pants. The West Fork trail is still icy headed up to the skyline trail, making this a difficult backpack through option right now.

Do not take this trail early in the year. I recently attempted the hike into the lake, and there was far too much snow. The trail seems really nice and fairly easy, but it's near impassable in the snow. I'd recommend waiting until June or later.

2 months ago

Perfect for a beginner backpacking trip.

Kids loved it but had to carry them back, a little too long for under 8.