Holy Ghost Creek Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews
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Holy Ghost Creek Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tererro, New Mexico that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1108 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

Holy Ghost Creek (Trail 283) is located east of Torrero, N.M. off F.R. 122 at the end of Holy Ghost Campground. Good trail to get you to the lake country for Backpacking too. Dirt trail that crosses a stream several times and have several switchbacks.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, nice path not terribly rocky. About 4 or five stream crossings. Path continued on from the point at which AllTrails indicated it finished but did not have enough time to continue on. Assuming it went to a lake that other people show photos of. Another time perhaps. Fortunate to be able to hike this one without snow in December. Santa Fe is suffering from a drought currently.

hiking
8 months ago

Fantastic high alpine hike deep in the forest. The trail weaves near a stream most of the way. There are grassy meadows and towering trees, and the trail is shaded much of the way. The first bit is a challenging uphill climb (if you are starting at the TH near the billboard in the parking lot) but it gets easier. One of my favorites.

backpacking
9 months ago

Was suggested by a friend. Was a mostly pleasant hike, however the last stretch of the trail leaves the creek and goes up a dangerous uphill. The hike up is rewarding however since Stewart lake is only a few miles away and there are lots and lots of beautiful aspen and fern patches.

hiking
10 months ago

From the parking it took 0.7 miles to get to the actual trailhead. You will walk through the Forest Service Campground, around a Restricted Use gate, then the trail begins by a pavilion and restroom.

We only hiked an hour since we had more hours to drive on our journey. What portion we did was a pleasant trail through meadows, ponderosa pine, and aspens.

I'd like to do the whole trail someday.

fishing
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Great for flyfishing

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great hike. Realize there are 2 trailheads. One high and one low along the river. They meet up about a mile down the path.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Though I was not filled with what so many do not know is the light of the sun, still, I felt the reverence for nature which aught to be commonly known to the righteous... Upon reaching the climax of this holy trail a calming spirit falls over you as you travel through the forest. The late afternoon light casting beams with some hidden purpose enters the soul, pulling you further out, further up...

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Beautiful hike! A nice little bit of uphill climb at the end where it goes up to the ridge. Due to the overall elevation I'd probably rate this one as "moderate".

Friday, May 20, 2016

Absolutely beautiful. There was a bit more uphill than I expected from the "easy" classification, but overall I would highly recommend it. The creek is lovely and it provides some much appreciated greenery.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Great hike. Went with my wife that was pregnant and walked 8miles on the trail. Great. Crossed the creek a couple times and had fun

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

This trail did not disappoint. Lovely meadows with wild flowers. Pine and aspen forests with waist high ferns. The creek was very active but we kept our feet dry despite 6 or 7 crossings. Hiking poles came in handy.

The turnaround spot is marked by a wooden sign at the intersection with Winsor trail. It is at the top of a pretty nice climb. I'm not sure I would call this trail "easy".

GPS led us astray on way to trail head. Keep your eyes peeled for the soft left turn off of 63 to Holy Ghost. The road is very rough but we did ok in our rented Sonata.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Nice little trail. Lots and lots of wildflowers. The trail ends at the creek. There are some log crossings that allow you to cross the creek and explore a bit. The creek is documented as having native trout but it is very small and one would need to find some deeper areas for fishing. Over all a very nice hike with some awesome views.

camping
Monday, June 29, 2015

Beautiful trail plush with green and wild flowers, a nice juxtaposition to the abq desert.

hiking
Monday, May 11, 2015

This is a beautiful trail for plant identification. As one previous review stated, there is an incredible variety of flowers. This is one of the most botanically diverse areas I've found in New Mexico.

hiking
Sunday, April 06, 2014

I hiked this trail and fished the Creek with no luck but it was still worth the effort.

hiking
Monday, October 14, 2013

What's to say, God's country

hiking
Wednesday, July 04, 2012

this trail was money! we started at the parking lot before you enter the campground and saw some great wilderness before we hiked along the creek. an amazing amount of wildflowers and hummingbirds. the hike to the junction to the lakes took us about 3hrs round trip.

hiking
Thursday, February 23, 2012

This trip is a lovely trip that starts at the end of the Holy Ghost Campground (Trail 283). I suggest parking just outside the campground, or you will have to pay to rent a camping spot. As the name suggests, you will have access to a creek often, which can be a nice and refreshing. This trail is classified as Moderate but do keep in mind there are several switchbacks to deal with (Esp. if you have children). This trail is also a great for Backpackers seeking to get to some of the lakes like Katherine via Trail 254. Sorry for the repeat, but Alltrails says I didn't actually do this trail even though my review is just below this one.

hiking
Thursday, August 11, 2011

This trip is a lovely trip that starts at the end of the Holy Ghost Campground (Trail 283). I suggest parking just outside the campground, or you will have to pay to rent a camping spot. As the name suggests, you will have access to a creek often, which can be a nice and refreshing. This trail is classified as Moderate but do keep in mind there are several switchbacks to deal with (Esp. if you have children). This trail is also a great for Backpackers seeking to get to some of the lakes like Katherine via Trail 254.

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