The trails were all open and, despite some rain last night, dry. Great trail with a few good ascents to get your blood pumping. Dog and tween/teen friendly.

hiking
closed
3 days ago

Still closed as of today. (6/1/2020)

Great hike with friends and the pup. Tons of people out on this sunny day!

May 29th. Lots of snow still. But it is well traveled enough to have good tracks and hard to get lost. No need for spikes as there is no ice. I would recommend poles and starting early in the morning to avoid afternoon showers.

I have a couple of questions for people that have hiked this trail. Is there a place to park a car, for about a week? Do you think an in shape 10 year old boy could make the hike to Lake Katherine? Thanks

Nice little short hike, but I regret to say it is the dirtiest trail we have ever been on. My pictures are only a small sample of how trashy it is. It is sad to see how some people are inconsiderate, dirty and uneducated. We'll never be back to this trail.

Lots of mud below tree line as of 5/27. There is still snow for glissading up top safely. Watch for afternoon storms. *Note* if you lost a single MSR Alpine type snowshoe this winter - I climbed up some talus rock to grab it. Brought it to the bridge to start the hike 5/27. I’m not a local so couldn’t hold onto it.

was a great and fun easy hike , enjoyed the water definitely bringing the kids next time and an extra pair of clothes

hiking
blowdown
icy
9 days ago

We hiked up from Stewart Lake. Last bit is lots of snow. I postholed through and smashed my knee on a boulder. Luckily a nurse was nearby and gave me some help! I did the hike in shorts just fine and did bring a down jacket to wear. The effort was totally worth it and would do it again in a heartbeat. The lake is still partially (mostly) frozen over. At the last ascension stay in the tree line for a clear path --- avoid climbing up through the snow.

Wife, dog, and I hiked this today. Started out at 745am, still lots of snow but weather was 35 so it was firm. Hardly any postholing, it’s all hard pack at this point. Some sketchy areas above the tree line with snow, especially once the sun is out past noon. The hike back was a slush fest below the tree line. Beautiful views at wheeler made it worth it.

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

Did an out and back day hike. Got about five miles in and then turned around. Can confirm other reviews, it's warm I hiked in pants and flannel and greatly regretted it. Drank 2 L water on trail, still not enough. I started at noon, got back by 6. I'm a moderate hiker at best, this kicked my butt and I loved every min of it! Fixed a couple turns on the path on the way up, saw not another soul! The trail head is at the end of a long road that winds through ranch property, stay on 916 for awhile and you'll be fine!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
10 days ago

The trail is still covered with snow once you get over the saddle and try to take the switch backs down to the lake. There is snow covering the entire first half of the switch backs. It’s passable but a bit of a suffer fest (total suffer fest lol). To avoid that, there’s a bit of a sketchy steep scramble down the cornice to the left when looking down at the switch backs. We didn’t see it one the way down but took that on the way back up. If you can get past that, there’s still snow that you fall through occasionally (shorts not recommended) but it’s possible to get to the lake. It’s frozen over rn and super beautiful.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
11 days ago

Hiked this bad boy on Memorial Day and it was nothing short of amazing. Great trail, beautiful & well maintained for the most part. As everyone has been commenting on here recently, getting through the snow in the downward switchback section and to the lake is the challenging part. Certain sections definitely feel like they're still 4 to 5ft deep in snow. I would recommend a change of socks, trekking poles and spikes.I would agree with Eliana Griego's review in getting around the switchback section. The lake is mostly still frozen but absolutely stunning to behold in person. It even snowed/ flurried while we were out there! If you want to check out the current conditions of the hike, check out my vid on YT for a good idea of what's like... https://youtu.be/j5MsqSZTOqs

Hiked to the peak 5/23/2020 starting mid morning. Did not need snowshoes. First section of trail to wheeler lake before the trail split off had snow but was packed down from all the day hikers so didn’t posthole. Climb to top though had deep snow in shadowed areas but can for most part hike/scramble around it but some spots unavoidable. Would recommend micro spikes and gaiters. Very windy at the peak. For camping in the area, official public camp spots were closed because of COVID, but plenty of spots off the road and in the park for a tent.

backpacking
12 days ago

Awesome! We had to start from Cowles, but it was worth it! Great trail, caves were cool, and lifetime memories. If you take the horse trail in there will be two river crossings. If you enter from the trailhead, there will be only one. The second crossing has fallen trees over it, that we were able to cross easily without getting wet. Several great camping spots along the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trip. Took the 271 trail. A lot of people out on the Memorial Day weekend. I completed this as my first backpacking trip by myself. Had a great time and would do it again. Take a fishing pole next time.

We tried to hike to Lake Kathrine but snow was not passable , still a great hike to the summit of Santa Fe Baldy and nice camp below at Puerto Nambe . Great time of year .

Awesome trail, we actually came back and did the first mile again later the same day. Couldn’t finish as my kids didn’t have the endurance to finish the climb, but we made it about 2/3 up. The trail is well-maintained and was easy to find through the part we covered. There does appear to be a mountain lion who was passing through when we were as we found remnants of at least 2 deer and fresh droppings / tracks.

This was my first ever hike in New Mexico. I went here in falls. Saw lot of colors. Need a stick as it ll be little icy in the end.

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