Santa Fe Lake Trail

HARD 16 reviews
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Santa Fe Lake Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.6 miles
2,237 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


8 months ago

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Good steep hike for us Okies. Nothing technical. Hiked to the top of the ski lift--about a mile. Nice views and beautiful trees.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Did the lake drain away into some unforclosed sink each time I approached? Through the aspen did it flow settling beyond my wary view? Lurking uphill out of sight as I climbed the fireroad from which it fled? Because I should have studied the map more attentively before ascending to this liquid phantom. I could not find its mystical trace. Though did not find the search without its pleasures. Into the aspens out of the crowd where is found awe...

Monday, September 26, 2016

This is a really cool hike if you want to see the aspens changing colors in late Sept. We modified the hike to connect with the aspen vista trail (hiking/mtb trail) which is about an 8 mile loop. From the big parking lot, you will see a gate for the trailhead. When you go thru the gate take an immediate left and stay along the gate. You will immediately be climbing so warm up/stretch before you start this hike. The hike is pretty steep most of the way, but really beautiful and you will have several clearings to take in the views. Eventually you will get to the top of the ski lift at mile 1.5. Just continue past the lift and stay on the trail - around mile 1.8 you will see a trail that goes right/up - it was marked with a cairn - from there its pretty much straight up towards the communications towers. At mile 2.35 you will hit a road. If you want to see the lake, keep going uphill. If you want to take the loop back down, go right and just follow the road. Lots of MTBers on the trail. The first part of this loop back down is just an easy downhill, okay views, but once you get down towards the bottom it just gets more and more beautiful. You will have great views of aspen trees, streams, etc. Once you get back to the car its an 8 mile hike. Really awesome hike, especially in late September when the leaves are changing!! Enjoy!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Great hike! Pretty steep at times but absolutely beautiful all the way! I did it two days in a row because it was so enjoyable the first time.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

A beautiful hike especially when the Aspen leaves turn yellow! An Easy 10,000'.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

nice easy climb on a wide dirt access road. give the mountain bikers the right of way, you might see a few. great views of the ski basin summit and santa fe area

Friday, June 29, 2012

Very beautiful easy hike. Especially during the changing leaves of Autumn.

trail running
Friday, July 02, 2010

All Forest Road-- the grade is fairly consistent. Solid views at the top. Great ride down!

3 months ago

Monday, October 09, 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

recorded sweet view hard trail

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Saturday, October 10, 2015