Santa Fe Baldy Via Windsor Trail

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Santa Fe Baldy Via Windsor Trail is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,517 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! Fantastic views. A few more people on the trail than I had expected based on the trail description - though it was Sunday. In the late summer, you want to start this hike early so that you don't get caught in early afternoon storms that sweep in - we barely missed the thunderstorm that rolled in quickly around 1 pm. The last mile is very exposed, so plan to be off the peak by noon or so.

hiking
17 days ago

(Drove in from Houston last night, hiked Baldy today.)

Beautiful, long, reasonably hard hike.

The 3 creek (very small, more like “criks”) crossings were beautiful. At 3.5 (half way to top), there is a nice creek to rest or cool off your feet.

The terrain is (mostly) loose rock. I just wore tennis shoes (mistake).

It is an “up” then long ramp “down”, then “up” until you reach baldy.

The last mile is tough. I had to walk 100 steps, then rest. Of course, my heart was racing the entire time due altitude (and fat belly...ha).

Once you get to top, keep walking to the next ridge (maybe 40 yards) and you look down on a beautiful lake (Lake Catherine...I think.)

The locals love this one. If you aren’t used to the altitude, just take breaks so you don’t blow yourself up. It’ll still be tough.

I was committed to walking slowly enough for this hike to take all day. It did. 5 hours out. 4 hours back.

All in all, beautiful hike. As I was about making my way to summit, a man said to me “your almost there, it’s worth it.” He was right. Wow. 360 degrees of Gods beautiful creation.

(One note: as I was leaving the state police where setting up to search for a lost hiker. It’s a beautiful, well marked hike, but just be careful.)

One of the greatest assets especially for being 25 minutes from town. Hike in & out day trip style or backpack it for an awesome scenic two day adventure

hiking
3 months ago

Great Hike!! Hiked this trail on April 14, 2018 and the whole trail was covered in snow. There was more snow in April than back in January..

5 months ago

Need snow shoes for sure right now/spikes. Very icy and snowy. Didn’t make it far

hiking
5 months ago

Love love love this. It’s really pretty easy til the last ridgeline, but that part is short. Great views of Katherine lake and more of the Sangres. Keep in mind when you do it, there’s a little downhill on the way out for a couple miles, so save some energy to go uphill near the end on the way back

8 months ago

enjoyed it thoroughly felt challenged
one must pay attention to the trail since it is not very well marked.

11 months ago

Great hike! Very manageable until hitting the tree line, then it gets pretty intense. The views are worth the effort.

11 months ago

Amazing trail! The last bit is pretty tough but more than worth it for the view of Lake Katherine. Today was perfect because there were never any serious clouds over the peak basically the whole day. Be sure to bring a wind breaker or something. The wind picks up, along with the grade, once you pass the Lake Katherine trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this on Saturday 9/9 with my husband and dog. Not too many people on the trail. We ended up doing Santa Fe Baldy and then continuing on to Lake Katherine, making for a total mileage of 16.6. The hike to the top of Baldy is a challenge with a lot of elevation gain. Started around 8 am. Plenty of parking in the Ski Basin parking lot across the road. Made it to the summit around 11:30 am. The aspens were starting to turn, making the first part of the trail very pretty, and of course the views from the top are great. The stream crossings were all flowing, giving our dog several opportunities to drink along the way.

11 months ago

Hiked to summit and returned yesterday. 7 1/2 hours.
Classic route with challenging ridge to summit, class 2. Wonderful views of Pecos Wilderness on one side and the Rio Grande valley on the other. The fires of the West made for a hazy view.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Hiked to the peak yesterday. From the top you can look over Lake Katherine which is frozen right now. There was a decent amount of snow, but most of the trail was clear. The view from the top is incredible.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

My wife and I hiked only a portion of this out and back. This is a beautiful forested trail.
Snow in small patches especially on the north side.
I would like to hike to Lake Katherine in the future with three days of supplies.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

great trail right near Santa fe, significant snow conditions exist still

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