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Deception Peak and Lake Peak is a 6.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.6 mi Elevation gain 2,601 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Jake Baier
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HikingRocky
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Maren H
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Hiking

Amazing views (along most of the trail once you turn from the fence) & once you reach the top! Totally worth it. Some of the best photo opportunities & views I’ve had hiking in the Santa Fe national forest. My phone compass app said 12,320ft at the highest point of the hike, sooo it’s definitely a hard hike because not only are you walking uphill for most of the “out” of the out and back, but it’s also at high altitude (especially for people who are not acclimatized to altitude at all). Also important to note, the trail is more like 6 to 6.5 miles according to both my GPS watch and my iphone GPS. Also you may want to consider bringing layers to wear because once you cross the tree line, it gets way colder and super windy. Today the high in Santa Fe was 93°F, and we were wearing tank tops and shorts, but by the top of the mountain we were all shivering because it was so much colder even while we were moving. So especially if you’re doing this hike in a season other than summer, make sure you have layers!

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Madison Zuniga
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Lauren Simoneaux
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Hiking

Great hike with some steep sections- beautiful view at the top but did not make it over to lake peak because we didn’t realize there was an easier path to get over there and scrambled for a bit before giving in

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Casey Poe
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Hiking

This is a tough trail but the view makes it worth it.

Jessi Elder
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Hiking

This awesome out and back trail was a really good, tiring workout! The first 0.7 miles was heavily trafficked on an easy-to-see, fairly shaded dirt trail through the woods. The next 0.75 or so miles was on a fairly shaded dirt and rock trail along fence line. The next mile or so was a steeper path through the woods on a rocky dirt path, and the last 0.7 or so miles was very rocky, steep, and challenging! I recommend downloading this trail to use offline if getting off-trail make you nervous. It made me feel comfortable. :) The views throughout were very pretty and the view at the top was beautiful! It took my boyfriend and I four hours to complete.

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Franziska Morrow
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This is definitely for the more experienced hiker, but the views are amazing! Clear view of Nambe Lake and 360 views at the top. Also my Garmin logged in almost 3,000 ft of elevation gain and we finished at 6.5 miles. A little more than AllTrails says.

Karthik Ramaswamy
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Hiking

First time doing this one around sundown - views above the treeline during golden hour were amazing. Definitely think this hike is the most 'bang for you buck' you can get on the Winsor trail.

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Griffin Rutherford
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RunningRocky

Steep and challenging, but very much well worth it. Great views of Santa Fe, the Pecos Wilderness of the east and north including the Truchas Peaks, and Santa Fe Baldy. After you find the fence around a mile into Winsor Trail from the Ski Basin, make a right so that you can continue to walk parallel to the fence until you reach the view of the ridge. Next, follow the rocky path closest to the ridge until you reach the top. Try not to veer too far from the ridge. Deception Peak to Lake Peak is a challenging scramble, and I only recommend it if you are very experienced, so I would recommend just finishing at Deception Peak if you do not want to deal with two simultaneous cliffsides.

Moe Corral
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Hiking

Lots of steep parts, like going up uneven stairs. Gorgeous views throughout. Pretty easy to stay on the path, just follow the fence.

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Tamara Aragon
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Great hike! Was windy but the trail was clear with little snow. Lots of rock scrambling to get the the very peak but awesome views!

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Ben Bowman
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HikingSnow

Awesome views from the peaks. The trail is not very scenic until you get to the peaks, but the views at the summits are well worth it. There is still some snow on the trail, but it is doable without any special equipment. You can walk around what little snow is left.

Cory B
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HikingSnow

Still a little deep snow before the last clearing so we weren’t able to reach the top. Still... it was beautiful

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Zachary Tuthill
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Hiking

Insanely cool hike. Make sure you are acclimatized before you start this hike (we showed up from Texas and paid the price). As of Memorial Day weekend, there was a lot of snow and ice on the trail which made finding the trail very challenging or impossible at times. Lake Peak over to Penitente Peak was very tough scrambling because the trail was often covered with piles of snowdrift. We camped at Penitente and got blasted by wind much of the night and woke up to snow. We decided not to make the loop because the trail was so hard to find. Instead we backtracked to Lake Peak (and had a really hard time finding the trail) and over to the ski runs for a quicker (but less scenic) way out.

Madison Zuniga
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Stephanie Salas
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arnold szabo
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Snow

Nice hike. Once you start getting higher the snow turns into marshmallow fluff. I had good snow shoes and was still sinking in up to my hip. rock scramble at the peak if fun but not for the faint of heart.

Stewart Carnes
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Amazing hike. Beautiful views and scenery. I 7sed All Trails for navigation due to the snow covering the trail. Easy hike up Winsor Trail. Once you leave Winsor Trail I wore snowshoes up to Deception Peak. I then transisitioned to crampons for the trek over to Lake Peak.

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