on Nambe Lake Trail

hiking
7 hours ago

Beautiful lake. Challenging trail with some steep parts once you start ascending along Nambe creek. It is easy to get off the trail. Look for the pink ribbons around trees. Keep the creek on your left until you get to the open meadow area - then you need to cross the creek to continue on to the lake and not get off track. Still some snow to cross over on May 30th. Absolutely stunning once you reach the lake

Nice and easy hike for little kids. We got there early (before 8 am) and did not see anyone except some small birds on the hike.

hiking
14 hours ago

This isn’t much of a hiking trail really - about 2 miles roundtrip if you park in the lot and walk around the campground to the trailhead. Not much to see, but an easy walk. Would be good for trail running and dog walking, or doing a loop if camping there.

hiking
rocky
scramble
18 hours ago

We loved this trail! It was definitely a challenge for us - as we are out-of-towners and not in hiking shape. So pretty, some loose gravel that could make you lose your footing so be careful. We will definitely be back.

mountain biking
no shade
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail with different type of terrain. Trails themselves are not well marked and I feel we probably took several detours to get there but it was well worth it. Still a little snow. Total of 8 miles out and back from the parking lot.

hiking
1 day ago

What a wonderful creek trail! From the trailhead, go right for the more reasonable path. The shorter side of the loop was incredibly steep and rocky. At the end of the trailhead, we turned right into the meadow and saw a patch of iris flowers and a large rock, then a quick left and there was a great area to sit and enjoy the creek. Water was cold but beautiful. On a Friday morning we passed only 4-5 pairs of people.

hiking
snow
2 days ago

Still a little deep snow before the last clearing so we weren’t able to reach the top. Still... it was beautiful

on Nambe Lake Trail

hiking
3 days ago

On 5/28 still some snow near the top, but it’s no problem. Lake shores are still mostly snowbound. GPS navigation app helps.

Great, challenging trail. Beautiful scenery, well marked. Steep climb in places but worth the challenge. Hiked the trail with varying ages and enjoyed reaching Picacho Peak. Will hike this trail again in the future.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Much better than two weeks ago. Got all the way to the lake this time. There is significant snow covering the last .3 miles of trail so you kind of have to guess walking from the meadow to the lake but it’s not hard, just walk up!

hiking
icy
snow
4 days ago

Beautiful! Snow in the last mile. Mostly packed and easy to walk over. Big bobcat prints.

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
closed
4 days ago

Trail is closed - marked closed due to Covid19

hiking
5 days ago

Our inexperienced family of four went on this hike today. It was spectacular. A little challenging but just the perfect amount. We loved making it to the top!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
6 days ago

It is a very beautiful trail with lots of reward for hard work. As of 5/24, the trail is snow free until you start climbing up along the Rio Nambe but it is just a few well worn patches. The only real snow left to climb over is the last 1/4 mile or so near the lake. But even that is well worn now and good for good hiking shoes. There are pink ribbons tied to trees that guide the way, but they were difficult to find half the time. Some are very small and only on a branch rather than around the trunk. We tracked foot traffic across snow patches the last 1/2 mile to stay on track.

Insanely cool hike. Make sure you are acclimatized before you start this hike (we showed up from Texas and paid the price). As of Memorial Day weekend, there was a lot of snow and ice on the trail which made finding the trail very challenging or impossible at times. Lake Peak over to Penitente Peak was very tough scrambling because the trail was often covered with piles of snowdrift. We camped at Penitente and got blasted by wind much of the night and woke up to snow. We decided not to make the loop because the trail was so hard to find. Instead we backtracked to Lake Peak (and had a really hard time finding the trail) and over to the ski runs for a quicker (but less scenic) way out.

Gorgeous views up top! The waterfall is not very impressive, but the views once you’re about 3-4 miles up at least are incredible. The forest is amazing right now. There is some snow but only at the very top. It’s a longer hike but not very steep.

hiking
7 days ago

One of my favorite trails in Santa Fe. Beautiful & a good workout, but not so strenuous you couldn’t do it daily.

A bit steep but totally worth it!! After the first 1/4 mile I didn’t hear any noise from town. I thinks it’s probably because of COVID and the fact I went on a Saturday afternoon, but there were dozens of small groups of people on the trail when I went. The trail was kinda confusing to follow without my phone’s map because there were intersections for other trails, but if you follow trails 29, 30 and 34 you will get to the top!

hiking
7 days ago

Loved it. Will come back in August after snow melt to see the lake

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
7 days ago

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