Skyline Trail to Pecos Trail to Winsor Ridge Trail Loop

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Pecos Wilderness

Skyline Trail to Pecos Trail to Winsor Ridge Trail Loop is a 70.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Length70.4 miElevation gain16358 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsLakeViewsWildflowersBlowdown
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This trail hits most of the high points in the Pecos Wilderness. Peaks: Santa Fe Baldy, Redondo (above Lake Johnson), Pecos Baldy, and the Truchas Peaks. Lakes: Katherine, Stewart, Johnson, Pecos Baldy, Truchas, Lost Bear Lake is a short side trail. Other: Trail Riders Ridge, Pecos Falls, Beatty Flats. Best to start on Tuesday or Wednesday due to high usage at Lake Katherine (if you want to camp there). An especially spectacular trip when the aspens are turning.

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Harrison Frawley
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

This trail definitely crosses most of the best areas in the Pecos Wilderness, with opportunities to summit Pecos Baldy and the Truchas mountains. The trail is extremely well-marked and isn't hard to navigate. However, the spur "trails" to the summits of the surrounding mountains are cairns and nothing else (you kind of need to find your own way up). It shouldn't be too difficult, but it's worth noting. Spectacular views (particularly on the summits and on the "skyline" portion of the trail) are abundant and there's plenty of wildlife to be seen. Grazing herds of cattle can occasionally obstruct the trail in the southern portion.

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Pecos Packer
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Backpacking
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This trail hits most of the high points in the Pecos Wilderness. Peaks: Santa Fe Baldy, Redondo (above Lake Johnson), Pecos Baldy, and the Truchas Peaks. Lakes: Katherine, Stewart, Johnson, Pecos Baldy, Truchas, Lost Bear Lake is a short side trail. Other: Trail Riders Ridge, Pecos Falls, Beatty Flats. Best to start on Tuesday or Wednesday due to high usage at Lake Katherine (if you want to camp there). An especially spectacular trip when the aspens are turning

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Shaun Werth
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Hiking
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Antonio Briceno
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Jordan Harbaugh
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Nelson Cintra
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Nelson Cintra
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Nelson Cintra
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Nelson Cintra
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Jacob Ortiz
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