Aspen Ranch Loop

HARD 4 reviews
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Aspen Ranch Loop is a 6.4 mile loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1791 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

forest

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

So, the upper Rio en Medio and upper Windsor trail portions of this hike are fantastic. The lower Windsor trail portion of the hike is beautiful, but heavily trafficked by mountain bikers - not really an problem, but it's good to be aware of the fact.

The 1/3 of this hike that's on CR 102 is basically what it sounds like - walking up a narrow dirt road that you have to share with vehicles heading to and from campsites. It's not horrible, but it's not really any fun, either. I'd personally rather just do an out and back further on the Windsor or explore the entire upper/lower Rio en Medio if time permits.

FWIW, the Windsor leg is very well maintained and well marked. It's an easy stroll. The upper Rio en Medio portion is much more difficult, with several sloped areas full of loose rock. Totally doable, even for people in less than tip-top shape, but worth knowing about ahead of time. It wouldn't be a bad idea to pack a splint or ace bandage and some band aids just in case.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Great hike! Steady climb, but not strenuous. Just high altitude for this sea level gal!

hiking
Friday, October 05, 2012