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1 day ago

Beautiful trail! Most of the trail is very easy, with wide, sandy trail. There are, however, several steep, rocky sections scattered throughout. Overall I would rate this trail as moderate. The views all along the trail are magnificent- not just at the summit!

I took my in-laws (67 and 70) and they handled it nicely. Very well kept and awesome places for pictures.

Nice hike. Took the “more difficult” trail in and the “easy” path out. Would recommend this route the views from the easy path are great! Quick hike!

Awesome trail.

Need snow shoes for sure right now/spikes. Very icy and snowy. Didn’t make it far

Really enjoyed this hike. My youngest who is 7 with my middle child 11 and oldest being 13 had no problem getting after it. My wife and I really enjoyed it. Would recommend anyone to this trail.

Super fun trail! Great view of the city lights over Santa Fe at the top. Would recommend going either at sunset or sunrise. Just make sure you have flashlights and know how to get back down if going at sunset... unlike us.

The base of this trail was very crowded, with adults acting like children not taking any consideration for other hikers; however once you get further away from the base the beautiful scenery comes into view. We were unable to finish the hike. My kiddos found it difficult to hike through the snow, ice, and mud. However I would recommend this trail to anyone.

Nice, easy up and down trail. Much of the trail is shaded. It’s well marked and offers a variety of options and distances. Every once in a while, you get a break in the trees and the views are great. Parking lot has a lot of spaces and was not totally full on a Saturday afternoon. Dog friendly as long as you keep them on a leash. I recommend for all ages and abilities.

10 days ago

Beautiful views!

Trail steep on way up. Very little snow not issue tho. Option to do steep or easier route. Great hike and don't have to drive significantly to trailhead. Only one other person in am mid week.

If you don’t have the time to start at St. John’s, and good hike and workout. Parking can be an issue here.

16 days ago

Morning hike in February- not too busy going up, but got busier heading down. About a 2 1/2 hour up and back. Great views from the top.

Awesome hike.

Beautiful views, several caves, and lots of ancient pottery shards to see. Easier to follow loop if you go to the left when you see the loop sign. Get a guide book from main Bandelier sight if you go there first. Trail has numbered signs that follow along with book. I wouldn’t have seen all the pottery without it! Pretty quiet, only saw a few people. A little tricky in some spots to see where the trail actually is but worth it!

trail running
22 days ago

Hit this trail early Monday morning. There are a few other trails the spiderweb off this trail so make sure you watch the signs. Coming back down I got flipped around and ran the last mile on the road as the trail spit me out on a dirt road and I couldn’t see the connection on the other side. There was some snow at the top, not too bad and very manageable. I did follow a dead end towards the top and had to climb the steep hill and pine needles to connect back to the trail. Over all, good running trail. Great view at the top.

Great 180 degree views south/southwest from the top. Santa fe, Sandias, Jemez range and Mount Taylor. Hike it few times a month for exercise because its short but steep. About 90 minutes round trip and people still pass me frequently. Lot of runners. Arrive early in peak season to get a parking spot. Best at first light.

Breathtaking views!

28 days ago

Took 5 and 7 yr old boys with us and it was the perfect level and length to hike with kids

this trail has it all. dramatic views , caves, ancient history and diverse floral. amazing!!

Love love love this. It’s really pretty easy til the last ridgeline, but that part is short. Great views of Katherine lake and more of the Sangres. Keep in mind when you do it, there’s a little downhill on the way out for a couple miles, so save some energy to go uphill near the end on the way back

1 month ago

I’m glad I read the reviews first because I almost turned around and headed elsewhere when the map took me to Four Seasons. The trail is marked to the left of the service entrance and there are poop bags at the trailhead. This trail gives 360 views of every mountain range within 100 miles and although you pass through private properties and there are houses on the hills below, they were far enough away so there weren’t any issues with my wanderlusting dog.

1 month ago

Just did this trail today (February), and there was a ton of snow. Unfortunately we didn’t make it all the way to the lake since we weren’t in the proper gear (snow shoes and trekking poles). We got as far as we could and then the trail got too steep and the snow got too deep. I will definitely be coming back in the spring/summer!!

1 month ago

We hiked the Nambe Trail in June 2017 with 6 adults, 5 teens and an Australian Shepherd. It was one of our favorite hikes ever. A lot of the trail in the last mile or so is not well marked and hard to follow but we read enough online ahead of time to be able to find the lake at the end. Highly recommend to seasoned hikers.

Great trail. Beautiful with the light snow.

1 month ago

Great trail. Starts on the same trail as Nambe Lake/ Baldy, but turn right when you get to the fence marking the Pecos Wilderness. Follow the fence until you can't anymore (at a beautiful overlook), then turn right again and head up the mountain. The trail is a little hard to follow, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. The views from the top are incredible. We hiked this last September, and had great weather, though it was very windy and cold above the tree line - make sure to bring layers!

1 month ago

We hiked this last September, which was the perfect time to go with the aspens starting to turn. First and last parts of the trail are steep but not bad, and the middle is flat, so I would rate this as moderate instead of hard. The last section isn't well marked, but keep heading upwards and you'll find the lake.

Visited this area in early fall and early in the morning. It is a nice trail and no one was on it because of the early hour. You see things that are right in front of you because of the tree coverage. Nice hike and the little stream is nice. Later I went to a higher elevation and wider trail that gives you broader vistas this smaller trail couldn’t. So, it was the best of both worlds.

1 month ago

I only gave this hike a 3 due to the difficulty in getting to the trailhead and the lack of signage. It does have an excellent 360 degree views including; the Rio Grande, White Rock, Los Alamos. Due to the time it takes to get to this trailhead from Santa Fe 1 hr 20 min! I would suggest other hikes if you have limited time in Santa Fe. If you have more time, then this is worth it.

Be advised!!! The last ten miles driving to the trailhead (more on that later) is over a washboard road. Due to the washboard, driving more than 20 mph will be extremely bumpy.

Trailhead: other posts on Alltrails have links but I thought I would describe it for you here. We drove all the way to the end of the dirt road (literally, the road ends right at the Rio Grande). The Alltrails directions do not take you to this point so keep driving down the dirt road following it until you hit the Rio Grande. There will be a small bathroom building on your left as well as an enclosed large building where they pump water from the Rio Grande. On your right will be a teal colored pipe fence line and you need to crawl through that fence about 50' back from the Rio Grande and you will see a small trail heading ENE. Follow that trail and you will come to a large arroyo. Turn right and take the arroyo away from the Rio Grande. There are zero signs for the trail so keep a lookout for the two cairns situated on the left side of the trail as this denotes the entrance to the small trail heading up. Also, there is a small pine tree just to the right of the trail and it has an orange ribbon tied to it.

The hike is a good one and is a good workout. There is a flat mesa at the top that you will cross as you head towards the next peak and where you will get the best views!

Nice trail and scenic. Not super exciting, but a great day hike for the Santa Fe area.

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