Santa Fe Baldy Loop

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Santa Fe Baldy Loop is a 16.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5,249 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

A loop including some of the best peaks and lakes in the Pecos Wilderness accessible from the Santa Fe ski basin. Unexpected wind and cold make the time up high feel a little rushed, but the views are just as grand. It does have a sketchy section near Lake Katherine where you have to down climb about a 6 foot, nearly straight down rock shoot. Very beautiful, but please understand what you’re getting yourself into if you choose this route.

trail running
9 months ago

This loop is possible. I just ran it last Friday (11/3/17). It does have a sketchy section that you have to down climb about a 6 foot, nearly straight down rock shoot. Very beautiful, but please understand what you’re getting yourself into if you choose this route.

9 months ago

amazing

hiking
11 months ago

No. My husband and I are fairly adept hikers, and we saw absolutely no way to complete this loop as written. It works to Santa Fe Baldy, but to go from Baldy to Lake Katherine as shown, you would pretty much have to roll down the side to the lake. There is no trail. If you want Penitente and Lake Peaks, there are better ways to get them.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
Tuesday, August 15, 2017