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Cold, damp, quiet, and long but would do it over again! The cave and stalagmites are breathtaking!!

Excellent hike

Trail closed as of 8/10/18 due to heavy rains. check to see if it’s open before going

My 13 year old daughter and I started Friday 7/13 and hiked the 5.6 miles (2.5 hours) to Trampas Lakes. We were the only soules there and we had the whole place to ourselves! Stayed one night and made the return hike in 2 hours and 12 minutes. Finally saw one couple hiking up as we we're headed down.

Definitely uphill on the way to the lake and we took a few breaks.

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Great hike, make sure you have 5 dollars exactly to pay for parking at the station, it has to be left in an envelope. It's very easy to get off the trail, so pay attention.

Small trickle of water, nice greenery, and overall good little hike.

Definitely not for beginners. A lot of steep slopes and drops so you need to watch your footing. Otherwise, it has great views.

West side ascent rocky but good work out. East side descent beautiful with a stretch of trail covered with pine needles. Lots of fallen trees. Path well marked and maintained.

Easy trail with lots to see where the cave dwellings are. The climb to Alcove House is really worth it if you are in decent shape... and if you don’t mind heights. It can be pretty freaky climbing down those ladders. The ladders are solid, but there’s no room for error.

This is the second time I have done this beautiful trail and again I loved hiking and admiring the mountains and rocks of this wonderful place. The trail is long but it is worth it, I enjoyed a lot.

not good for kids!

I mean I think if your kids are experienced hikers and rock scramblers they may be ok. I did it last month with children ages 3-6 and the scramble down to the pools was really challenging for them. Also, this being New Mexico, fellow hikers and hot spring users may be in various stages of undress- so there is that to consider. Not necessarily a problem, but it's worth mentioning.

the drive to the hot springs was pretty tricky as well.

All this to say- it's a beautiful spot! The river gorge is a stunning place for a soak and a rock scramble.

My daughter and I just backpacked out from Pecos Falls (Pecos Trail) up Gascon and down Hamilton Mesa to Iron Gate (campground and trail head). I would have to agree with Naomi Cicada that it was a terrific experience and hike. Gascon is a short but steep trail with many fallen tree obstacles, but once on Hamilton Mesa trail, the views are wonderful! Well worth the effort.

A lot of brush overgrown in the trail, don’t wear shorts. Also, I am fat and almost died I think. Other than that it was great!

starting from salado trailhead a pretty walk along fresnal canyon with views of the different strata. 1 1/4 mi to the waterfall... slippery when wet. fun run to the base of the falls barefoot if u have tough feet! awesome

Very nice lake hike trail. Worth noting that hike to lake is a steady uphill grind -- nothing difficult, but no flats to rest your legs. As of late June 2018, most steams were just a trickle, but enough for dogs to get a little drink. Well maintained trail and well worth the hike!

Moderate hike and well worth the trip all the way to the lake. . The lake is beautiful and easy to hike around once you get there. There are lots of chipmunks around the trees at the lake’s edge. You can also take the trail next to the river instead of the main switch-back trail. The river side trail is much more difficult but well worth the solitude and beauty of the forest.

Starting with the good: this trail was awesome. Very scenic with stream, mountains, meadows, etc. Not too hard, not too long. We also made some fun friends with fellow hikers along the trail.

Then the bad (and it was very bad): the trail is not well marked, at all. Our roughly 3 mile planned hike turned into a 5 mile hike, which we would’ve been fine with, except it dumped us out at the wrong trailhead. We then had to walk nearly another 4 miles back up the mountain on the highway to get to our car. Luckily we brought plenty of water, because there is no shade on the highway and the asphalt reflects the heat. Definitely print a map and follow it very closely. We still don’t know where we got off course, and we are fairly experienced hikers with multiple Eagle Scouts in our party.

I have done this hike numerous times and it’s a nice, easy hike. It has nice views. Parking can be a pain at the trailhead but you can park in the St John’s lot and walk up to the trailhead. It would be a great hike if you’re visiting and not used to the Santa Fe elevation. It is also right in town so easily accessible.

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.

A very nice hike with great views. Mileage listing for the FULL Plateau Loop hike is a bit misleading. From the lake parking lot trailhead the hike to the beginning of the loop at the plateau would be be about 7.6 miles out and back. However, the "loop" trail at the plateau adds another 3.4 miles for a total of 11 miles out and back. Hiking the plateau was almost completely flat with second half the the loop much prettier than the first half which had been heavily forested and was burned. We saw four wild mustang horses that didn't seem to like us being there but we're beautiful to see

Worth the trek. Navigation gets tricky after Domingo baca trail as you head towards the TWA crash site. Highly recommend to keep an eye on waypoints.

on Tsankawi Ruins Trail

5 days ago

Awesome trail

Not a hike, you can pretty much drive right up but this is THE BEST place to watch the sunset. And it’s so easy to do!

Great short little walk with some amazing views of Santa Fe! Definitely the most scenic of the Dale Ball Trails.

A hidden gem of Santa Fe. A beautiful forest hike, back and forth over the stream. The falls are hidden back in a canyon and involves some creative rock climbing/jumping. Possibility of getting wet is high. Also there is only parking for 5-7 cars at the trailhead.

If you are going to be in Bandelier, you have to do this trail. The ladders are very secure but be warned, while going up is tiring going down is just as exhaustive!

Great hike! This was my first hike I did alone. It’s definitely tiring but the views are awesome. A lot of the trail is shaded (until the top) and that’s helpful. All was well until I came face to face with a bear, be careful.

This is an absolutely fabulous trail! The end gets really steep with a lot of loose gravel and dirty. It can be slipper and difficult for some. My word of advice would be to go as early as possible - they only let a number of people into the park at a time and the canyon can get extremely congested as it can be only a foot or so wide at points

Fantastic hike along the creek up to a small meadow. Numerous shallow stream crossings and shady spots to take breaks. Wild flowers everywhere.

As of 8/12 the road leading up to the camp ground was closed, due to unfinished road repair. It is a 3 mile hike to the camp ground and then another 1/2 mile to the group site and the trail head, where the hike begins.

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