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nice hike. have to cross small streams bring extra socks.

fly fishing
3 days ago

This trail was challenging for us TX flatlanders, however, it was really fun...we took it slowly and practiced some fly fishing at the lake (no bites today, but great fun)

The terrain was very rocky for many parts so be sure to wear your hiking boots. That was probably the hardest part for us because we wore tennis shoes, so our feet were/are still killing us. The hike was uphill and can be pretty difficult if you aren't acclimated to the elevation or aren't in good enough shape. It had many parts that were so beautiful and the lake was breathtaking. Tons of people on the trail when we went which was a bit of a negative for us.

backpacking
4 days ago

Awesome trail, can't add anymore than the pictures and previous review already do. BUT, some helpful info for anyone looking into this. I spent some time trying to confirm the condition of the Forest Road 58 you take to get to the trailhead prior to our departure, and never could quite get an accurate picture. My wife and I were in a 2012 Accord. We were able to make it to the trailhead, but the road was about the max that the Accord could ever handle due to ground clearance. Just an FYI for anyone looking into this trail. Highly recommend a vehicle with decent clearance for this road. Enjoy!

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Trail is somewhat poorly marked after the split off to Nambe, the trail is easier on the left side of the river going up. However if you do go off trail onthewayup you are rewarded with perhaps the best view of the whole hike when you hit the big boulder field and rock cliff off to the right of the actual trail. You can see this area's elevation change clearly on the topographical map of the trail.

This is a great trail! Easy to follow and has some beautiful views!

backpacking
7 days ago

One of the few trails that open early in the Pecos Wilderness due to the southern exposure on Winsor Ridge. Beautiful aspen stands and some Gambel's oak for fall colors, and I've seen coyotes, deer, elk, and grouse, so it's a great trail for wildlife viewing. I've also heard turkey's in the trees. Stewart lake is beautiful, but not many places to camp because of the F.S. regulation of not being able to camp in the lake basin.