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Nice hike. About 4 miles RT. Easy going switch-backs make the climb doable and enjoyable. Nice views along the way.
This is from the perspective of a 67 yr. old in decent condition. Even at my slower, smell-the-roses pace and hanging out at the peak for 20 mins, this trip was 2hr 30min. My 20-something kids were much faster.

Nice hike with lots of trees and shade. Description is very accurate.

hiking
5 days ago

It’s a beautiful trail. It is actually called Alamo Vista trail but luckily there is only little confusion because there is only one trail that starts at the Aspen Vista picnic ground and parking lot.

The first snow of the season arrived these days. At first we were disappointed because there were no views. Snow clouds were passing through. We were prepared wearing wind and water proof clothing. It was around 36 F. We walked through different climates zones up the trail which was nice. Towards the top it was 4-5 inches of snow. All the aspen trees had lost their leaves up there. At lower elevations there were several spots where it was warm, no clouds, and sun for short stretches. When there was no snow the beautiful green and yellow of the Aspen leaves were still lighting up the vista.

We will definitely be back.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy trail. Used to be harder back in my high school days =D Great place for a soak!

Amazing hike!

Easy walk in the canyon, we only made it about 20 minutes in, so never saw the river. Very pretty rock formations and arroyo. October a great time of year to go. Definitely don't go hiking there if rain is on the forecast. We went on a cool day, and still we missed the shade, as this walk is very exposed. Some bouldering required as well, so not good for older folks who aren't 100% steady.

A very pleasant walk in the forest. Beautiful Aspens, especially nice stands at the end of the trail. Long, steady, climb...just gradually, steadily up at the end gets the blood pumping! The 2 major turns could be a bit confusing...just check your position on the trail with this app to confirm you are still on track!

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful lake hike and the aspens right now can’t be beat!! We’re frequent hikers in Colorado and the end kicked my butt, but well worth it! The first part is just switchbacks through the woods, then you jump right into the aspens for a rather flat section that is STELLAR! Trail splits and you take the trail that goes UP. The last mile and a half you gain the entirety of the elevation (or at least it feels) and the trail can get super unclear at some points, but follow the carens for a path. You take the creek up a majority of the way, and then cross over at a meadow. The last half mile we saw everyone taking a different path, so whatever gets you up there. We were all winded together. Lake is LOVELY, we only had three other people there with us (lots of dogs on the trail). Perfect fall hike, dress warmly though! As always- the earlier the better as the lot was completely full when we got back. 3.5 hours RT.

hiking
15 days ago

Great and challenging hike! Took us 7.2 (we walked around the lake) miles and 3 1/2 hours. Certainly a tough hike but well worth Nambe Lake at the end. Advice: once you veer right at the Nambe Lake sign, follow on the right side of the creek until you reach an open meadow on the right side. Then cross the creek and travel up the left side of the creek until you almost reach the lake. Lots of random trails so, as others have suggested, stay near the creek.
I think the lake is beautiful- I found it strange that other reviews said they were not impressed with the lake.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

This is definitely one of my favorite hikes, close to town yet once entering the grove of aspens it's like being in church. Especially lovely in the fall. The climb is a little intense but since it's only about a mile to the too of the chair lift it's worth the views when you get there. There's another way down that gets you back to the service road but since we bushwhacked our way I can't share the details. It follows Big Tesuque Creek. We've also headed up towards the radio antennas and gone on to Deception and Lake Peak from the top of the quad lift on previous hikes. I bet you didn't know that there's an 18 hole disc golf course up there too. Cheers to happy hiking!

I loved finding this hot spring during my trip to New Mexico! This trail isn’t as well known so for the most part, I enjoyed the pools alone. After a while a man came and enjoyed the spring up top. I noticed he took all clothing off. If planning a trip here please be aware that many people come here to soak up the natural minerals and often do so naked. Probably not the best for young children to see! Otherwise, a beautiful area and amazing trail!

off road driving
23 days ago

Beautiful views!

Open again as of 9/27/18. Went with our 5-year-old and he did great, but was pretty wiped out by the end. The scenery was beautiful.

Very nice hike. Several pools to choose from. The main pool had a couple of naked men in so my wife and I chose one of the others. It hadn’t rained in a while so we had no problem getting there in out Jeep Wrangler. I could see how the road could be bad if it had rained. We met a couple of ladies that said they took a different road the was improved all weather.

Nice trail short the springs were clean and clear. The was was as warm as a nice warm bath.

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

Perfection

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

hiking
30 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!

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

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

on Nambe Lake Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

walking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

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