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Amazing hike with great views! We completed the route in 3 hours, 15 min with a half hour lunch break. We didn't quite do the red and blue trails, but instead did the blue dot trail until it hit the red and then doubled back. We couldn't find a parking lot near the red, so we parked near the blue.
The red and blue dot trails actually run parallel to each other, with the river trail connecting them along the Rio Grande. The whole trail altogether forms a big U, with the tips being the starts of the red and blue trails, so you have to walk 3 miles through residential areas to connect them. We didn't really want to do that, so we headed back as soon as the river trail hit the red trail.
The trail is moderate, with a bunch of rocks and loose gravel, so hiking boots are a necessity. At the bottom of the red trail is a nice lunch spot near a waterfall! Overall, fantastic views and a wonderful hike!

Rocky and steep at first, then smooth along the River Trail. Great sunrise/sunset views at the top.

hiking
11 days ago

Compared to some of the hikes that we do, this was a walk in the park.....except for the icy ground. Good for all ages but more of a nature walk.

Snowshoed all the way to Nambe Lake. Great fun! Most of the trail is packed hard and easy to snowshoe on. Last ~ 1/2 mile is not - no one had been to the lake it seemed for a few weeks. Some big drifts that are difficult to get your spikes into, especially with this part of the trail being on the steeper side. I blazed a path through the snow so it should be a bit easier for others, at times building steps in the snow so I could move up and forward. Not insanely hard, but definitely strenuous. You will pothole alot, so be careful. Bring lots of calories and water! Also, it’s much colder at the lake than a few hundred feet below it. Bring a puffy jacket. I’m in good shape and round-trip was 4 hrs because of the last half mile and strenuous nature of the last full mile. Enjoy! :)

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

Beautiful views and scenery on the way up and at the top. A lot of mild switchback and mostly uphill but beautiful area and a great overall hike!

snowshoeing
snow
20 days ago

hiking
snow
20 days ago

This trail is an awesome one to take visiting family/friends on. For an easier route, stay on the left-side bench out and back. View at the end is gorgeous. At a couple points throughout the trail it splits, but most of the time both routes will reconnect. Watch out for mountain bikers in the summer/fall. In the winter with snow, this trail is still accessible for trail running and hiking.

Alternative routes also include dropping down on the trail from Barranca Rd, on the right after Dos Brazos St. After reaching the overlook, you can also loop around the other side of the mesa and follow Gonzales Road back into the canyon, then scramble up a short route to pop back out on Barranca Rd. One of my favorite trails here!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
21 days ago

Great hike alone in winter (Feb 1). I did the hike before in the summer (July 2015) and didn't get to the summit then because of time (poor planning) and the small group I was with wasn't conditioned for it. I will say summer is hot on the bottom portions and the trail is rocky (lots of loose rocks). The views are great any time of year. It is windy on top (10,000 feet) and if there are dark clouds don't test the thunderstorms by being out in the open. Winter has a lot fewer people (I didn't see anyone at all in February), so I was able to enjoy the mountain to myself. There was snow on at least a third of the trail, and it was deep in the upper portions (2-3'). Wear boots and gaiters (though I took off my coat and gloves because of the exertion). I followed the human tracks until they gave out, then I followed the animal tracks (deer and bear), but I did have to break some new steps and that was hard on top. Didn't see any of the big wildlife this time. I appreciated the snow on the way down because it covered all those rocks and cushioned the path.
Don't dress too heavy or you'll be shedding those layers. Pack a light layer in your bag and bring plenty of water (1 liter is not enough for one person). Lower portions of the trail are going to be muddy in winter and spring. Summer and fall should be dry unless you have the passing afternoon shower (ultralight raincoat recommended). It's a good day hike--get started early unless you are backpacking and plan to stay the night. I wouldn't want to be carrying a lot of gear on this trail though.

hiking
snow
21 days ago

Wonderful outing, can be as adventurous/easy as you make it! Depending on the search option you select from Google Maps, it may lead you down the wrong road. Definitely look for the big dark brown JEMEZ FALLS sign, rather than any other back road. Trail is straightforward, and the more adventurous can roam around and hike above/below the falls to see more of the river. This is hikable in the winter, as well, and the frozen falls can be an amazing site. Road is usually closed in the winter, so park by the highway and go around the gate. Follow that trail for about a mile to the second campground, where the trail head starts (you'll see the railings.)

Great hiking trail to take visiting family/friends on.

hiking
snow
22 days ago

I was really excited about this trail, but my experience was completely ruined by some deplorable human beings who had been there before me. There's a tiny little cave you can go into and soak, but it smelled like smoke, there was trash all around, some tissue even floating in the water, but the worst was a used tampon that was stuck to the cave wall with a glob of poo. Whoever did such a thing thinking that was ok or somehow funny does not deserve to live among us... Anywho, it's not there anymore. (Your welcome... and also "thanks" to "Nick" who left his plastic Ziploc bag there so that I had something to grab it with.) I had brought a garbage bag with me and left with it being fairly full. If this place was cleaner, it would definitely be a better experience. Though the other disappointing factor was that the water wasn't really hot except for in the cave or right at the entrance to it. Also, just FYI, it's tiny. I'm guessing if you go on a weekend, you might have to wait your turn.

hiking
snow
25 days ago

Beautiful hike in January in the snow! We only went to first summit and the view was breathtaking.

It was a little slippery ( I was in sneakers), especially on the way down when the sun was starting to melt the snow. Be smarter than me and wear boots!

Highly recommend this trail for moderate hike with big payoff in views.

Snow was well packed for most of the way up. Things get windier and more Powdery as you break the treeline. Couldn’t really follow the trail anymore at around 11330 ft, so decided to turn around, but there’s a great lookout point right as you get to that altitude.

hiking
snow
25 days ago

Does anyone know whether 376- the road in- is suitable for for cross country skiing in?
The short cut road to walk in on- is that Road 132?
Thanks!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, serene landscape. Definitely worth it!

Great trail, not too difficult & has some great sights.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Hiked on 1/19/19

Pros:
Beautiful canyon view
Swimming hole
Little waterfall
Diverse terrain
River & creek

Cons:
Confusing to follow
Had to walk through a neighborhood and along a road to complete the loop

on Nambe Lake Trail

snowshoeing
1 month ago

My husband and I snowshoed toward Nambe Lake with our dog today Saturday, January 19. We have hiked it in the summer and fall previously but never tried it in the winter. Snowshoes were absolutely essential today. The first portion from the trailhead to the wilderness boundary had about 1-1.5 feet of snow. Snow depth steadily increased for the second portion to the Nambe Lake turnoff, reaching about 2.5 feet by the turnoff. The trail was not well-packed but easy to follow from the trailhead to the Nambe turnoff. However, no one had been past the turnoff in a long time; we could not see any sign of tracks in the snow on the trail toward Nambe, which reached about 4 feet in depth within ~.5 miles of the turnoff. We tried to go on but were post-holing too much to continue, even with snowshoes, so we turned back. It didn't look like any of the other few hikers we saw today were going to make it to the lake, either. We did see a couple groups continue on the Winsor Trail instead of turning off to Nambe, and that trail looked much more manageable. Still a beautiful day, though cold! (18F at the ski parking lot when we started around 9 AM.)

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Nice trail close to the city centre, though this time of year hard packed snow and ice is prevalent which slows you down.

on Atalaya Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

My wife and I hiked about 3/4ths before we turned around due to darkness. Nice hike through St. John’s College and the woods. We did get high to see a nice overlook. Definitely would hike again.

on Black Canyon Trail

hiking
1 month ago

So peaceful in the snow. Didn’t pass a single other person until I got almost back to my car. Lovely hike to get a little exercise and some fresh air.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice loop trail through the foothills. So peaceful in the snow.

Kind of fucking hard. That said I’m glad I made it to the top and I’m glad I made it to the bottom. Great views from the top and Minnie great views on the way. That said I’m glad I made it back. You don’t think

Was a bit icey yesterday but still so beautiful and a nice hike :)

Beautiful!! Hiked this on Christmas Day ‘18 with friends. Nice to have some snow and great views. Turned around about just before the top, but still enjoyed it!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

We just did the trail loop with fresh powder snow. Although it's a continuous walk uphill, it is a gentle slope and the trail is surrounded by trees. We found only a few people in the trail. We could enjoy the solitude and tranquility that you can only find during the winter season.

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