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hiking
21 hours ago

So, the upper Rio en Medio and upper Windsor trail portions of this hike are fantastic. The lower Windsor trail portion of the hike is beautiful, but heavily trafficked by mountain bikers - not really an problem, but it's good to be aware of the fact.

The 1/3 of this hike that's on CR 102 is basically what it sounds like - walking up a narrow dirt road that you have to share with vehicles heading to and from campsites. It's not horrible, but it's not really any fun, either. I'd personally rather just do an out and back further on the Windsor or explore the entire upper/lower Rio en Medio if time permits.

FWIW, the Windsor leg is very well maintained and well marked. It's an easy stroll. The upper Rio en Medio portion is much more difficult, with several sloped areas full of loose rock. Totally doable, even for people in less than tip-top shape, but worth knowing about ahead of time. It wouldn't be a bad idea to pack a splint or ace bandage and some band aids just in case.

backpacking
1 day 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Did Nambe Lake with my husband and dog on Sunday 8/13. Started around 10:30 AM. The hike is a little over 3 miles each way. The first mile is fairly steep but not too rocky. The second mile gets a little rockier but is mostly level/downhill. At a little over 2 miles, the trail splits; stay to the right for Nambe Lake and left to continue to Lake Katherine. The last mile is rather difficult, as it is rocky and steep. The trail gets a bit hard to follow. The lake is small but very pretty. There are a few nice places to have lunch. Unfortunately, some people were not following the signs (and common sense guidelines) not to camp within 200 feet of the lake. There are a few river crossings, but they weren't challenging. It took us about 1:40 to get to the lake and 1:30 to come back. The unfortunate thing about this trail is that it is heavily traveled. On the way back to the car, we had to stop many times for large groups, and some slower groups in front of us refused to let us pass. There is plenty of parking in a large lot across the road from the trailhead. I don't think I'll do this trail again. If I do, I'll start earlier to avoid some of the crowds. Overall, I would rate it as more moderate than hard.

Walked it today. No signs of dogs or poop. Very pleasant hike with a low difficulty and nice views. Paths are very well marked.

Beautiful. Quiet. A lovely escape

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike. A little challenging at the end if you are not acclimated. It is definitely a strong moderate trail.

Parking at trailhead very limited. we parked in the visitor section at a nearby college. Take plenty of water, great views!

Beautiful trail with water and wild flowers throughout. I believe this is the end of the Windsor Trail coming down from the ski basin.

This is not an easy hike with rapid elevation gains. But the scenery is beautiful the whole way and the view from the top is breathtaking. Looking north towards the Truchas peaks was a stunning view. Where else can you do a hike with a view like this and be back in Santa Fe for a late lunch.

Nice hike through beautiful pine and aspen forest. Cool and shady, could be done any time of day. There were a lot of people on the trail, but not so many that we didn't get periods of solitude. Gorgeous country. The Windsor trail section along tesuque creek was great. Mostly easy with a couple of moderate stretches. Some long uphill sections so do be adjusted to the altitude..,