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Nice trail. The switch backs get you near the end, but the view at the top is worth the effort.

hiking
14 hours ago

I've been to Pecos baldy lake once this summer (Memorial Day) and then hiked a different loop (Cave Creek/Horsethief Meadow/Dockweiler/Jacks Creek) but again camped at the junction of Dockweiler/Jack's creek in August. There actually was water both times but the creek runs dry intermittently. In May and August the creek was dry where the trail crosses the creek, but if you go upstream like 20 feet there is water flowing. Not sure how it is this fall though, if anyone knows please comment! We're planning on heading there one more time this season.

Perfection

It was an easy trail for kids!! Still curious to find out how people were able to make it to the base of the falls. I did not see a trail leading down...

Another nice moderate hike. We are a fit couple and it took us 1 hour and 5 minutes up and and 1 hour and 2 minutes down.

Nice moderate hike. We are a pretty fit couple and it took us 62 minutes up and 44 minutes down.

hiking
3 days ago

This is a really nice hike that starts at the Santa Fe Ski Area parking lot. Look for the Windsor Trail sign and there is not a Nambe Trail sign at the start point. The trail starts off with a moderate incline along a well-maintained trail through the woods with Aspen and Pine trees. At the first intersection of another trail, there is a fence that you go through straight ahead to stay on the trail. The trail then starts a long slight decline towards the Nambe Creek. Again, mostly shaded with the same trees and some views of the valley and Mt. Baldy. As you get to the botton and to the creek, there is a sign that states Nambe Lake. Veer off to the right just past the sign and the trail starts uphill. if you go left or straight you will be off the trail. The trail at this point is more difficult to follow so bring AllTrails along. You will be gaining elevation from this point on and it does get steep. At the top is Nambe Lake which is rather unimpressive, small, shallow and greenish, but it is a good workout to get to this point. We are a mid50's couple in good shape and the hike was a great workout!

The gate was open so we took our Toyota RAV4 but half way through the road we had to turn back. Lots of big pot holes filled with water blocked our way. Since it rained the day before, the road was very rough. I didn’t want to get stuck in a mud with my 3 year old kid with no cell service. I’m okay paying for an entrance fee so they can fix the damn road. Very disappointing trip indeed.

Beautiful trail. As mid-westerners, the altitude of the climb made us a little winded but the summit was worth it!

This is a very nice moderate hike along the creek. It is well marked and mostly shaded. The first part of the trail is relatively flat until you get to the falls (to get to it, you need to veer off the trail to the left and walk through the narrows). If you hike up the boulders at this point you will find yourself above the falls and that is where the trail continues on, which is more moderate but with more views of smaller falls along the way. It is now one of my favorites in Santa Fe!

Great training trail for me up-and-down Burns of 1000

on Nambe Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike! Not too difficult; just right on the legs. There are a lot of user-made trails to distract you once you leave Winsor Trail, but keep going up and stay near the creek all the way. There are also some cairns occasionally if you doubt. Took me about 4 hours total. Ran into some cows on the way down.

Did this* hike yesterday and really enjoyed it. I say “this*” because I’m not sure if I followed the exact correct route (a lot of segments criss-cross the area). From trailhead parking I took segment 29 to 30 to 31 to 34 up to the peak. The tracker on my phone recorded the trail at 2 miles in each direction.

That said, loved all the parking at the trailhead and the well-marked, easy to follow trail. Fairly rugged with quite a bit of loose stone and sand along the way - though I never felt nervous about losing footing.

Beautiful views from the peak and a sweet breeze. Total hiking time out and back was 1:30.

Great trail, not "easy" though. It goes smooth for the most part but there are areas where you need to work across the stream and go over some loose rocks as well.

walking
11 days ago

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

off road driving
11 days ago

It was a beautiful run to get to the trail head but a barbwire fence has been constructed across the trail going up into the mountain. If you want to get past that obstacle bring wire cutters with you. There is no sign on the fence or any warnings. Looks like a fun trail though.

hiking
16 days ago

Very nice hike with fantastic views. Always sad to see that people leave bags of dog poop on the trails....just take it with you.
Parking lot fills up fast so early is better. Have to really pay attention to where you are going. You cross another road to get to part of the trail.
Lots of lizards, hawks and great variety of flowers, trees and rocks to look at.

We came by way of the Dale Ball Trails from Picacho Peak back in March, and the other trail up to Atalaya was closed. Well worth the extra distance from Picacho. The views are spectacular and the trail got much more adventurous and fun once you started to approach be Atalaya. Interesting scenery and a great way to spend a day. Definitely bring plenty of water.

hiking
16 days ago

Did this hike back March because we got snowed/frozen off of Mount Wheeler. It was a great hike, well marked, decent trail, and gave some good views of Santa Fe and the other mountains around. Also, a very interesting mix of scenery. We found a cactus growing in the shade of an evergreen. We added the extra distance up to Atalaya Mountain, which provided some even more spectacular views. It made for a great day. Bring plenty of water.

on Lake Peak Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Completed the hike to Deception Peak and Lake Peak today, Saturday, September 8, with my husband and our dog. We started around 8 am. It was a perfect day. The first part of the trail is shared with Nambe Lake, Lake Katherine, etc. Then at the wilderness boundary, turn right and follow the fence line. When you see Santa Fe Baldy, the trail turns to the right. It is fairly easy to follow the entire way. Definitely a consistent uphill trek. Deception Peak provides gorgeous views. From there, you'll see two trails going to Lake Peak. I was not up for what I read to be exposed class 3 along the upper trail, so we took the lower one. It was class 2 and very manageable for us. Beautiful views of Nambe Lake and ranges to the north from Lake Peak. We had considered going on to Penitente, but with clouds moving in, we opted to head back. We clocked it at 3.4 miles each way. It took us 2:18 up to Lake Peak and 2:00 coming back down. There were more people hiking this trail than we expected, but still much less traveled than other hikes we've done from the ski basin. Highly recommend!

Had a great hike. First time in Santa Fe, chose this trail based on reviews.
Being visitors here we took an Uber to the trailhead.
Some notes I wish were shared in reviews and hopefully these are helpful to others new to this trail.
Cell signal drops so ride share driver, unless familiar, will not be able to find the trail head.
Trail head not marked very well at all. We had to walk to the Audubon reserve, down the road, to ask for directions to trail head.
A simple post with a 29 on it. That’s it
Hopefully, this won’t dissuade you from hiking this great area.

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

Beautiful hike with lots of birds and some wildflowers. There were multiple recent momma bear and cub sightings but we didn’t see them, went around 11:00 and hiked until about 3:00. The ascent going in is very gradual, and only has some steeper climbs at the very end by the falls. One of my favorites in the Santa Fe area.

on Nambe Lake Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Fun hike to a lovely cirque. Made the lake in 1:37. A bit of a slog once you leave the Windsor trail, and the trail can be hard to follow exactly but there are many possible ways to go.

On the easier side of moderate but great for trail running. Lovely scenery!

hiking
21 days ago

A great hike today, a little crowded today due to Labor Day. Both of us are in our late sixties but we made it to the top within 2 hours. It was steep and very rocky recommend using hiking sticks. Great views of the city and the satisfaction of reaching the top and returning to the bottom safely. Would do it again.

nature trips
25 days ago

Beautiful short hike to the falls

great views from the top

Just a quick note on the prior review. You don’t go up through the Ski area. You park below the ski area in an overflow lot.
You hike up the Windsor trail until the turn off for the lake.
The hike is beautiful and reasonably hard but not really tough. The Lake is a special place. If it’s calm the mountains reflect in it so you can’t tell them apart in your photos.

hiking
27 days 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.

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