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Perfect little workout. About three hours if you stop a little. Take water.

Mostly in the woods, but went ahead and popped up to Lake Peak and Penitente Peak as well. Gave some very nice views

Definitely worth the miles for some great views along the way and especially at the top. The elevation got us a little as we’re used to life at 500’. Had to stop at the Baldy Santa Fe turn off as there was still a heavy coating of snow heading to Lake Katherine.

hiking
1 month ago

Great backpacking with awesome views! The trail is pretty moderate and well marked. Once you drop into the valley there are plenty of backcountry camp sites to find. Bear hangs are tricky with so many snags, but doable. Did I mention it's beautiful?
I'd also recommend continuing up the Rio Valdez. We looped over to Pecos Falls, passed Beatty's and finished up at Jack's Creek TH. So good!

This is one of my favorite hikes in Taos. It is a wonderful morning hike, challenging but reasonable. It offers scenic views, diverse terrain including beautiful alpine woods at higher elevations and open panoramic sagebrush and cactus in lower areas. There are gorgeous flowers and plants in abundance.

Loved it! Took us about 3 hours to do the loop! We stopped to enjoy the scenery and there is a nice, relaxing surprise at the top. The trail seems frequented by mostly locals-all very friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

A wonderful taste of this area at this elevation. Beautiful trail with many overlooks.

trail running
3 months ago

This Trail is great for hiking, and the views are amazing. But I would not consider it a good trail for running on. There was too much large loose rock, ice, and many many switchbacks to make it comfortable for running. I was able to maintain a light jog through most of it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views. Took us about 4 hours with random rest stops.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! Really sunny day and only had snow in the shade. Dogs also love it!

hiking
7 months ago

We are new to hiking. This is the longest we've hiked and it was amazing! Not much traffic. Great workout!

Amazing hike to Lake Katherine camped at elv. 11,776 ft.: seven other brave enthusiast braved the heavy rain/snow and lodged in the mystic beauty on slopes of Santa Fe Baldy...

hiking
8 months ago

Incredible lake. Hiked first to Santa Fe Baldy and then on to Lake Katherine with my husband and dog yesterday. 16.6 total miles roundtrip in 8.5 hours. Lake Katherine is much larger than nearby Nambe and Spirit Lakes. The water is so clear! Only one other group there while were there. Trail is fairly easy to follow. No place to camp nearby (and don't camp within 200 feet of the lake!), but lots of nice rocks to eat lunch. Plenty of parking at the Ski Basin parking lot across the road from the trailhead. For those with dogs, there were several stream crossings that were running well for our dog to drink from. Highly recommend!

hiking
8 months ago

I want to start out by saying that the description of the loop being 7.7 miles is false. The reason we chose to hike this trail was because we thought a nice 7.7 mile looped hike with a lake would be great for a nice day hike. As the description stated it is VERY lightly trafficked and we only saw two other back packers who showed us an actual map of the trail showing the whole loop was more like 14 miles. If not for them we would have continued on never the wiser. We only packed enough food and water for a few hours of hiking. We would have loved to make it to Stewart Lake which is about 8-9 miles in but decided to turn around about 4 miles in so we could get back to the trailhead and not run out of water. We will try this hike again but make it a two day camping trip. This is the second time I have found a trail off the All Trails app and have been mislead or misinformed with distance or trail numbers. With all this being said, the hike itself is breathtaking. Lots of greenery, shade and wildflowers. Not to mention the first 1-2 miles you're hiking along Winsor Creek surrounded by thick brush and tons of butterflies. It didn't even feel like I was in New Mexico. It felt like I was hiking in the Pacific Northwest. Beautiful hike, but if you plan to complete full loop, be prepared for a long 14 mile hike.

Beautiful high mountain lake. Tae a mask, as the National Forest signs do not identify destinations (lie Baldy or Lake Katherine. The signs only list the trail numbers. My Apple Watch showed a total distance of 15.25 miles, although I took a couple short detours. The first 0.75 miles is reasonably steep, then it levels out for about 4 miles. You hike up to the saddle below Baldy, go over the saddle and down several switchbacks to the final stretch into Lake Katherine. Watch for the rock piles, as the trail sometimes becomes indistinct. The lake is beautiful and in a gorgeous setting. I did this as a day hike in approximately eight hours.

Tough, but awesome trail. Can't wait to go again!

This trail has great views, but it is just typical deep woods hiking. It has no special features and tends to drag on.

I like this hike for the workout, but it does not compare to the hikes up in he proper mountains just down the road. Def feels like what you think of when hiking the Southwest though

My wife and I just backpacked for a couple day at lake Katherine for the first time. We really enjoyed ourselves but this was also the hardest trail we have ever backpacked. Make sure you give yourself lots of extra time, it took us about 7-8 hours. My wife also took a small fall on the loose rocks. That being said the views were amazing and we will definitely be back!!!

hiking
10 months ago

took us 3 hours, but my husband is missing half a lung and has asthma. Easiest to hike clockwise in the loop.

Decent hike in, nothing too crazy. Went during the week and only a couple other people camping there. Heard it can get busy on the weekends! Loads of marmots though!

Started out on Robert's track but after the big fields i didn't want to go down down down then turn around, so decided to loop around the mountain to get a loop instead of out and back. it was an awesome hike! if you do the loop i did, stay on 270 when you hook around the mountain- i wanted to check something out and wound up in thick brush to get down to the river. really really enjoyed it all and you get a dynamic set of terrain with a bunch of straightaways so more about endurance then intense uphills.
for the record my loop was 249->270->224->250.
enjoy!

excellent hike, great scenery although quite strenuous...take mosquito repellent...

Great trail. Super views.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. Took roughly 2 hours for me. Saw a pack of dogs up there. They didn't look like coyotes or wolves. Kinda strange.

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.

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.

backpacking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

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.

backpacking
Monday, April 24, 2017

Perfect for a beginner backpacking trip.

trail running
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

By far my favorite hike/trail run in the Santa Fe area!! I hiked Baldy and then trekked down to Lake Katherine. Some steep exposed areas but overall fairly moderate. Can't wait to try it in the winter.

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